IT jobs growing in New York City, with desired work factors shifting

July 18, 2014

While the IT jobs market has been booming as of late, there are new signs of growth on the market that are boding even better for a number of different users.

According to Crain's New York, the New York City area, one of the strongest and most important employment markets in the nation, is seeing a large amount of competition in the IT market. The number of IT workers overall is closing in on the employment levels of Wall Street and may soon represent the largest employment market in the Big Apple.

Tech employment in the area has grown by 21 percent since 2006, rising to a new figure of around 150,000 workers added in that time. These jobs are spread throughout a number of different sub-industries, including finance, media, healthcare, professional services and design. Another 30 percent are centered in "high-tech firms."

The data still means Wall Street is in first place, with 165,000 employees even after a 13 percent decline in employment since 2008. Still, tech industry fans are supportive of the shift, which implies that new projects based in New York City are seeing heavy growth. As the old adage says, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, and a booming IT market simply means good things for the rest of the industry around the country.

IT workers' new interests
To find a successful new job, it's important for IT workers to focus on their preferences and skills, looking for many traditional benefits that can be found. ComputerWorld says that financial security, stability and reliability all are highly considered out of the various options on the market. But recent trends are seeing these professionals put more stock in the strength of corporate culture, personal growth and affirmation when they are looking to create new career paths for themselves.

Factors in the specific market that different IT workers have wanted to specialize in have ranged heavily. About 45 percent of workers care about job stability, while 36 percent noted that they want challenges in their jobs and responsibilities. Another 32 percent focused on having a flexible work schedule, with telecommuting a noted piece of improvement. It's also noted that 30 percent want to see job atmosphere and a sense of community in their workplace, while another 28 percent wanted their work to be valuable and wanted potential for their careers to develop, according to the news source.