CompTIA has released its first tech jobs report for the year, and the outlook is positive in the Dallas metro.
The topline news from the most recent CompTIA “tech jobs report” holds the region’s ranking from last August. Dallas is second in metro tech job postings trailing only New York City—and takes the top spot in tech jobs postings change with 2,226 more tech jobs posted in December 2021 compared to November.
Texas also mirrored Dallas’ rankings on the state level, second only to California as the top state for new job postings but leading the way in change with 4,588 new tech job postings in December.
The top states rounded out with California, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington, North Carolina, and Arizona.
Tech hiring is accelerating as national employment growth slows
The December gains in technology employment went against the grain with what CompTIA described as a “generally underwhelming national employment trend.”
The IT industry and workforce non-profit’s analysis found technology-related employment and hiring opportunities continue to expand and cited data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” report. That data showed the tech industry added 11,000 workers in December, which was the 13th consecutive month of tech employment growth at the industry level.
At the occupation level throughout the economy, tech employment increased by 180,000 positions while IT job unemployment dropped to 2%.
“This undoubtedly sounds like a broken record, but there is no escaping the influence the pandemic continues to exert over hiring decisions and business investments,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, in a statement. “Adaptation remains a driving force for organizations expanding their tech workforces in areas such as cloud infrastructure, remote support, data science, and cybersecurity.”
Tracking the growth
In the industry, last month’s new hiring was led by IT services and custom software development with 10,200 new jobs and information services such as search engines (1,900) and data processing, hosting and related services (1,600) saw gains, but jobs in the telecom and computer and electronics products manufacturing categories declined.
In terms of overall postings there were 22,500 more job listings in December compared to the previous month with an estimated 332,564 job postings for open tech worker positions, the highest monthly figure since March 2020.
By geography, eight metro areas had tech job posting increase by over 1,000 including Dallas’ 15,959 total postings, 14,229 in LA, and Atlanta’s 11,808 along with 8,091 in Seattle and 6,331 in Houston.
Remote and WFH tech postings increase
In December, postings for tech positions for remote and work-from-home positions increased across U.S. metros. The top posted positions were software developers (No. 1) and IT support specialists (No. 2)
Database administrators also showed a large gain.
Top employers for tech listings
Many of the top employers on CompTIA’s report all have a large presence in Dallas. The top 10 include Humana, Deloitte, Anthem Blue Cross, Accenture, General Dynamics, Amazon, The Boeing Company, Paychex, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Capital One.
CompTIA’s monthly coincides with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation monthly labor market release. The company provides the headline jobs figures and context through historical trending and supplementary data analysis, including employer hiring activity at the state and metro area level, as well as insight into emerging technology job roles and skills.
You can dive into CompTIA’s full tech jobs report here.
Quincy Preston contributed to this report.
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