IT PROFESSIONALS ARE IN DEMAND
There are many opportunities for employment in the dynamic, growing field of Information Technology. Thanks to the high demand for skills, driven by the increasing importance of technology to business strategy, IT offers the highest salaries and best advancement opportunities.
Tech Talent Trends
In Northeast Ohio,
- From 2016 – 2019, the IT workforce grew 18% from approximately 39,500 to nearly 47,000 people.
- IT demand over the past 5 years averaged approximately 14,000 open positions, of which about 7,000 are for entry-level IT positions.
- The median salary for all IT positions is $78,165.
Source: Team NEO 2016 – 2020
Nationally, from 2019 – 2029,
- The number of cybersecurity jobs will grow from 131,000 to 172,000, a 31% increase over that time period.
- The number of software developer jobs, currently at over 1.4 million, is expected to grow by 22% with a median salary of $107,000.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
There is a myriad of opportunities for career growth in IT, no matter where you start or in which capacity. Unlike most professional disciplines, IT skills provide endless pathways across many IT roles. And, IT provides some of the best careers for lateral and upward mobility so that you can expand professionally.
While software development, network engineering, and computer user support roles continue to dominate demand for skills, IT is ever-changing and creating new roles. For example, over the past few years, Cybersecurity Specialists, Artificial Intelligence Engineers, and Data Scientists have become the top emerging IT careers in Northeast Ohio. Source: Team NEO Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio Report
New uses for using information technology also contribute to the evolution of IT roles and growth in opportunities. Just in the past decade have the following information technology disciplines emerged or matured to significant opportunity:
Of great importance, new public-private partnerships are focused on accelerating IT talent development to meet growing demand, particularly among the underserved and underemployed populations. These partnerships are opening opportunities for a more diverse and equitable IT labor force.