The U.S. tech industry added 129,600 net jobs between 2013 and 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data analyzed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), which counts 2,000 companies as members.
The industry accounts for 6.5 million jobs overall, CompTIA’s report added. IT services racked up nearly a third of that total, with 2.1 million jobs in 2014, followed by R&D, testing, and engineering services (1.6 million jobs), telecommunications and Internet services (1.2 million jobs), tech manufacturing (1.1 million jobs), and software products (304,500 jobs). With the exception of tech manufacturing, which saw a 1.2 percent decline year-over-year, all those sectors gained employees between 2013 and 2014.
The outlook is equally good for this coming year: Dice’s latest hiring survey found that 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last half of 2014. Three-quarters of surveyed companies indicated that they intend to expand by more than 10 percent this year, as well.
Some 64 percent of hiring managers surveyed by Dice said that tech pros, encouraged by the market, are asking for higher salaries. So for those with the right skills, 2015 could prove a very good year.
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