An Examination of the Information Technology Job MarketMyriam Milfort, August 2012
Job opportunities in the information technology sector will increase by 8 percent over the next four years, according to the real-time and traditional labor market sources cited in this brief.
IT occupations continue to offer opportunities for jobseekers with the requisite skills and credentials. In the most recent edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported it expects IT employment to grow “much faster than the average” of all occupations through 2018.
This brief examines changes in the numbers of IT-sector jobs since the recession began in late 2007. It utilizes job posting data to examine four types of data:
- Hiring trends;
- Skills and certifications sought by employers;
- Employers with the largest number of job ads; and
- Emerging IT job titles, skills, and certifications.
This report was created for the 10 community colleges and systems in the Credentials that Work Innovators Network to demonstrate and evaluate the use of both traditional and real-time labor market information to analyze workforce trends.