Tech-related employment in the Dallas metropolitan area continues to grow. In 2018, the region added 9,324 new jobs, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Cyberstates 2019 report.
The findings show Dallas ranks seventh in net tech employment and sixth in jobs added among the 46 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas covered.
Net tech employment in the region also grew by 2.7 percent last year to an estimated 346,639 workers, or 9.3 percent of the area’s total workforce.
“Dallas is a city that supports and cultivates technology and innovation,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement. “It’s good for the economy and it’s good for our citizenry. We’re thrilled that we’re continuing to improve in the tech sector and we are confident that we will continue to grow in the years to come.”
Since 2010, nearly 66,000 tech-related jobs have been added to the DFW economy. But what tech occupations does CompTIA list as in high demand?
According to the report, it’s software and web developers, which saw a 5.1 percent year-over-year growth; computer system and cybersecurity analysts, which went up 3.8 percent; and network architects, administrators, and support specialists, which are up 2.6 percent.
Tech employment has a big impact on the local economy
The region’s median tech occupation wage is $83,907—92 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations.
The tech sector also adds $64 billion to the local economy. That’s equal to about 13.1 percent of the total economy, and is the 14th-highest contribution among the metro areas covered in the report.
“The tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” CompTIA CEO and president Todd Thibodeaux said in a statement. “Cyberstates confirms a healthy and promising future, but we can’t take it for granted. Industry, government and stakeholders across the tech landscape must continue to work together to ensure an environment where innovation can flourish and the opportunities and benefits made possible by technology are available to all.”
Overall, the Dallas metro area saw a 123 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, signaling a positive outlook for growth in the region. By 2026, CompTIA predicts the base of tech occupation employment—a subset of net tech employment—will grow by 10.2 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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