A recent CompTIA report shows that technological advancements like big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity are contributing to job growth in the IT sector, according to Information Week.
The number of IT jobs rose by 47,100 positions during the first seven months of 2016, bringing total employment in the sector to nearly 4.4 million, the source explained. Though job gains in July were lower than expected, employment growth is predicted to benefit from the increasing implementation of new technologies.
“Monthly data aside, the over-arching trend for the IT sector remains favorable,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA, in a statement. “As tech companies shift into new categories such as cloud, big data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, they will seek a range of new skills.”
These new technological areas are also creating a high demand for advanced skillsets. In the U.S., postings for cybersecurity jobs have increased by 74 percent in just the last five years, and there are more than 209,000 unfilled positions in the field, detailed ITBusinessEdge. The CEO of Symantec, Michael Brown, predicts that worldwide demand for cybersecurity jobs will reach 6 million by 2019 and that there will be a shortfall of 1.5 million positions.