Tech Jobs Aplenty, but How Many?

Susan Hall
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Forbes teamed up with job aggregator site to find the 25 technology companies with the most jobs paying $60,000 a year or more. They're all in a slideshow on the site. Among them, it lists more than 20,000 job openings. It admits the problem with its data:

The picture we offer does not reflect a precise number of available jobs, since an opening can be listed in more than one place and can remain online for a time after it's filled. Nevertheless, the numbers do offer a strong, broad gauge of which tech companies are expanding and taking on the most new workers.

If the numbers aren't accurate, then why list them? Taken together, the number of openings listed totals more than 20,000. In checking some of the numbers against openings listed on LinkedIn and even on, some companies, such as Microsoft, list far more positions, meaning some don't fit the criteria. Fair enough. Of course, you wouldn't count the Apple retail employees and Amazon's warehouse workers. But several companies list hundreds fewer, raising questions about Forbes' numbers. And there's no guarantee that the jobs in question are in the United States.


So just as a general guide of places to look, here are the 25:


  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Amazon
  • SAIC
  • Apple
  • EMC
  • General Electric
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • CSC
  • Casi Software
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Cisco
  • Accenture
  • Dell
  • Oracle
  • Intel
  • VMware
  • Symantec
  • ADP
  • HP
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • SAP
  • Facebook


Meanwhile, pay-comparison site PayScale reports salaries in the overall economy have rebounded to pre-recession levels, though the tech sector - which it defines as information, media and telecommunications - saw a slight decline in the first quarter, GeekWire reports. According to the report:

Even though pay for engineering and IT jobs were flat in Q1 2012 and quarterly pay growth for science jobs was negative in Q1 2012, workers in these job categories have a solid salary foundation. Strong pay growth through 2011 still makes these job categories tops for annual pay growth.

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