Recent data from industry trade association CompTIA revealed that the U.S. information technology field added 70,500 jobs during the first half of 2015.
While every section of the industry experienced notable growth over the past six months, a few areas posted truly significant gains. IT services expanded its workforce by 2.4 percent, while software grew by 1.5 percent. Telecommunications and Internet services created positions at a rate of about 1 percent, as did the tech manufacturing field.
In terms of job postings, a few tech positions stood out as being the most in-demand, explained CompTIA. Network architects, web developers, data scientists and cyber security experts were among the IT positions that many companies recruited for between January and July. In general, IT job postings increased by 20 percent between the first and second quarters of 2015. Many of these recruitment efforts came from industries not strictly associated with tech positions.
“The data confirms the breadth and demand for technology expertise. Beyond traditional employers of IT workers, sectors such as healthcare, defense, retail and finance are now represented among the top 20 of companies with hiring intent,” stated Tim Herbert, senior vice president, research and market intelligence, CompTIA.