LinkedIn: DFW Tech Skills Abundant, Hiring’s Up

The recently released LinkedIn Workforce Report shows that hiring in DFW is up over the past 12 months by 5.7 percent from May 2016 to May 2017.

The recently released LinkedIn Workforce Report shows that North Texas has an abundant supply of skilled workers in the tech sectors, from telecom to IT infrastructure. 

The monthly report looks at employment trends in the U.S. workforce and is divided into two parts — national and city sections that detail insights into hiring, skills gap, and migration trends.

Here’s where DFW has the most-abundant skills, according to LinkedIn:

  • Telecommunications technology
  • IT Infrastructure and system management
  • Computer network and network administration
  • Aviation
  • HR recruiting
  • Integrated circuit (IC) design
  • Accounting
  • Drilling and well management
  • Sales
  • Retail store operations

An abundance is when worker supply of a skill exceeds employer demand for that skill. That allows businesses in those sectors to choose from a larger pool of potential amp Conversely, a scarcity of skilled workers is when employer demand for a certain skill exceeds the supply of workers with that skill.

Here are the most-scarce skills in DFW:

  • Heath-care management
  • Nonprofit, fundraising, and grant making
  • Graphical design
  • Mental health and psychotherapy
  • Real estate, home buying
  • Insurance
  • Counterterrorism and emergency management law
  • PR and communications
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Electricity power generation and management


LinkedIn’s report has some other tidbits that are interesting if you track employment in North Texas.

For example, DFW gained the most workers in the past 12 months from Houston, Chicago, and New York City. LinkedIn said that for every 10,000 members in DFW, 3.89 workers moved to Dallas last year from Houston.

But that doesn’t mean that the employment turnstile doesn’t go the other direction.

The cities of Seattle, Denver, and Colorado Springs gained the most workers from DFW in the past 12 months, according to LinkedIn. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in DFW, 1.45 workers moved to Seattle in the past year.

LinkedIn said that in terms of gross migration — gains plus losses — DFW has the most with Houston. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in DFW, 33.7 workers either moved from or to Houston in the past year.


And, LinkedIn said that hiring in DFW is up over the past 12 months by 5.7 percent from May 2016 to May 2017. Seasonally adjusted hiring — that which excludes seasonal hiring variations such as holiday hiring in December — was down 1.7 percent from April to May.

Hiring in Austin, on the other hand, was 0.64 percent lower in that time period. In Houston, hiring was up 12.53 percent.

The report examines the trends in 20 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland-Akron, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

More than 138 million U.S. workers have LinkedIn profiles, and more than 20,000 U.S. companies use LinkedIn to recruit. The website has more than 3 million U.S. jobs posted monthly.

LinkedIn’s report is just the latest indication of employment opportunities in North Texas.

In May, Forbes named Dallas as No. 1 on its list of Best Cities for Jobs.

Forbes lauded Dallas’ diversity of economy — aerospace and defense, insurance, life sciences, financial services, data processing, and transportation — as one of the main reasons the city led Forbes’ list. It also cited technology, health care, and energy as major players in the DFW economy.

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