DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, today issued a global thank you to the millions of information technology (IT) professionals around the world and encourages others to do the same during IT Pro Appreciation Week July 25 through July 29.
"The digital life that keeps us connected, informed and entertained would not be possible without the technology professionals who too often work behind the scenes and are noticed only when something goes wrong," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. "These skilled workers are craftsmen and women of the highest order, dedicated to their profession, committed to helping others and capable of great innovation and thinking."
Throughout the week CompTIA and its social media followers (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) will share reasons why we love IT pros using the hashtag #WeLoveITPros. Additionally, the CompTIA website will feature new content on tech topics and themes, as well as contests and other surprises for the IT pro audience. Visit CompTIA IT Career News.
IT professionals work daily in a $3.8 trillion global market of hardware, software, services and telecommunications. With technology used so pervasively by businesses of all types across the world economy, IT workers are found in just about every corner of the globe. This CompTIA map illustrates the depth and breadth of the U.S. IT workforce.
"IT workers help their employers to use technology to its fullest capabilities, which allows them to improve productivity, operate more efficiently and innovate faster," said Amy Kardel chairwoman of the CompTIA Board of Directors and co-founder of IT service provider Clever Ducks in San Luis Obispo, Calif. "We're excited and pleased to recognize the contributions made by the IT pro community."
There are plenty of opportunities to join the IT professional community. In the U.S alone there were an estimated 655,000 open tech positions across the country in Q2. With the continued growth of the industry, coupled with the pending retirement of Baby Boomer generation workers, it's estimated that there will be a need for an additional 1.2 million new IT pros over the next eight years.
With more than two million certifications awarded, CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications and education for the world's IT workforce. CompTIA has four IT certification categories that test different knowledge standards, from entry-level to expert, in cloud computing, mobility, Linux, networking, security, storage, help desk and technical support, servers, project management and other mission-critical technologies. Visit https://certification.comptia.org/ to learn more.