IT Employment Hits All-Time High in U.S., Says Industry Group


Back in March I wrote a post in which I asked, Is the tech industry recession-proof? Despite gloomy reports of negative capital spending, an increase in canceled orders and falling sales projections, there appeared to be no corresponding slowdown in tech jobs, I noted.


Some observers, including Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Ron Hira, have questioned data showing strong tech job gains in 2006 and 2007, but recent research from the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses NACCB), an industry group for tech-consulting companies, provides more evidence of such gains.


According to a post by Wall Street Journal blogger Ben Worthen, the number of tech pros with jobs in the U.S. rose to 3,907,800 last month, an all-time high. American companies added 90,000 IT jobs over the past year, a period during which the overall U.S. economy shed 438,000 jobs.


(I can't account for the disparity, but earlier this year tech industry trade group AeA put the nation's IT employment figure at 5.9 million and noted an increase of 91,400 tech jobs over the past year. This isn't as troubling as some disparities, since both studies bode well for IT.)


Supporting the premise of another one of my posts, in which I mentioned an Accenture strategist's contention that U.S. companies can't afford to put off upgrades of their customer-facing systems, NACCB CEO Mark Roberts says:

You can put off (tech) projects for a period of time, but inevitably they get done.

IT jobs have been on the rise since mid-2007, according to NACCB analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The previous peak came in the fall of 2001, when 3.6 million IT pros were employed. IT jobs shrank after the dot-com bust and didn't make a comeback until the middle of 2006. IT jobs have been mostly trending upward since then.


Network systems and data communications analysts will be the fastest-growing tech jobs over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data center experts are already much in demand, as I wrote just last month.