Tech Jobs Making Big Contribution to Overall American Employment Growth

March 8, 2013

The United States is now adding new jobs, and unemployment is the lowest it's been in years, and it appears that IT jobs have played a role in the recent growth. Tech firms are hiring left and right, meaning that both veterans and new entrants in the field are able to find new employment with ease.

According to Bloomberg, college students are raving about the IT opportunities that await them immediately after graduation.

"It is a great time for engineers right now," said Jasmine Lawrence, a Microsoft-bound senior at Georgia Tech. "Lots of companies want to hire tech students. The pay is fantastic. My friends will all at least be making $60,000 if not going to grad schools."

Lawrence said she received four job offers while still in school, including one from Google and Gulfstream Aerospace. And these days, she's the rule, not the exception.

Good news for employment
Across the board, American employment numbers are looking strong. The Labor Department reported 236,000 new positions opening up in February, according to the New York Times, translating to a healthy decline in the unemployment rate, which now sits at 7.7 percent. Unemployment hasn't been that low since 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – it was 7.3 percent in December of that year.

There's likely more good news for tech employment coming, according to data relayed by Robert Half Technology. A recent Robert Half survey showed that 61 percent of chief information officers at American companies were looking to fill open roles during the second quarter of 2013, and better yet, 14 percent of CIOs are adding new staff. Only 2 percent are making cuts.

Tech jobs are likely to keep increasing as long as companies continue investing in tech initiatives. CIOs are devoting more money and resources to cybersecurity, data mining, and mobile solutions, to name a few key areas – according to Robert Half, 72 percent of CIOs are "somewhat or very confident" their firms will invest further in these initiatives during the second quarter.

Tech executives say the hottest jobs right now are in network administration, database management and desktop support, but really, employment all over the IT sector is taking off. Growth is happening nationwide, and technology is at the heart of that movement.