More tech jobs were added in Texas in 2022 than any other state, and Dallas-Fort Worth continues to be a major driving force in tech, according to a new report released by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.
CompTIA’s annual “State of the Tech Workforce” shows that net tech employment grew by 5.5% in Texas in 2022, with the number of people employed in technology increasing by an estimated net new 45,331 workers. CompTIA forecasts a 4.4% increase – more than 38,438 new jobs – in tech employment for 2023 in the state.
Dallas-Fort Worth has the sixth largest tech workforce at 329,347 behind New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Jose and San Francisco, California.
DFW had the second most new tech jobs added from 2021-2022, +14,010, behind New York City at +18,420.
Also, according to the report, DFW has the fourth highest number of postings for emerging tech jobs behind New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
Growing Texas workforce earning more than twice state’s median wage
Currently, there are 867,278 people in Texas working in tech jobs, spanning both technical workers employed by tech companies and tech professionals who work in other industries. That number represents 6.2% of the overall state workforce, CompTIA said in the report.
The Texas tech workforce is second largest in the nation and the estimated median wage for a tech worker in Texas is $89,833. That figure is 123% higher than the median wage for all occupations in Texas, CompTIA said.
There are 44,330 tech businesses in Texas, including 2,310 that opened in 2022, the second highest total among all states, the report said. The tech industry delivers an economic impact of more than $158.7 billion, or 7.7% of the state’s total economy.
“In a year of even more uncertainty than usual, the tech labor market routinely defied expectations,” Tim Herbert, chief research officer for CompTIA, said in a statement. “The data continues to confirm the degree to which technology underpins so many facets of business activity across the economy and the breadth of employers reliant on technical and digital skills.”
CompTIA said its “State of the Tech Workforce” is the most comprehensive source of data on the size and scope of the U.S. technology industry and workforce.
It includes data on employment, wages, business establishments, job postings, workforce diversity, emerging tech metrics, and more, CompTIA said.
Growth, opportunities, and diversity
Other highlights from the new report include:
Occupations poised for growth – Positions in software development, programming, web development, and quality assurance (6.6%); cybersecurity and systems engineers (4.9%); and emerging technologies, IT project management, and related occupations (4.4%); are projected to see the most growth in Texas this year.
Emerging tech employment opportunities – 28.8% of all tech jobs postings in the state last year were for occupations related to emerging technologies or for positions that required emerging tech skills.
Workforce diversity – Texas is in the first quartile in the report’s diversity index, a measurement of the depth and breadth of diversity in the tech workforce for seven primary race and ethnicity groups, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women account for 26% of the state’s tech workforce; Hispanic or Latino workers, 17% (the second highest percentage nationally); and Black or African-American workers, 9%.
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