NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology-related employment in Tennessee grew by nearly 3,800 new jobs in 2018 and the tech sector increased its contribution to the state's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Net tech employment grew by an estimated 3,797 jobs in 2018.1 Since 2010 net tech employment has grown by more than 30,600 new jobs. With more than 174,000 workers, tech accounts for approximately 5.5 percent of the Tennessee workforce.
The tech sector has an estimated direct economic impact of $17 billion, or about 5.2 percent of Tennessee's total economy.
"Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across Tennessee, especially when you consider the hundreds of thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
The outlook for future employment growth remains positive. Tennessee saw a 110 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and blockchain.
Cyberstates projects the base of tech occupation employment – a subset of net tech employment will grow by 2.2 percent in Tennessee by 2026. Retirements will add even more pressure to meet the need for tech talent.
"The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future," said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. "As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow."
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Tennessee ranks 22nd nationwide in net tech employment; 22nd in net tech jobs added last year; and 15th in the Cyberstates Innovation Score, based on venture capital investments, tech startups and new business formations and other factors.
Tech occupations with year over year growth in Tennessee included computer system and cybersecurity analysts (+3.6 percent); software and web developers (+3.3 percent); and network architects, administrators and support specialists (+2.2 percent).
The median tech occupation wage in Tennessee is $67,120. That's 79 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
Cyberstates 2019 (#cyberstates) is based on CompTIA's analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, and other sources. Estimates for 2018 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The full report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at https://www.cyberstates.org/.
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