The demand for information technology (IT) workers in the United States is growing like never before, with all kinds of businesses embracing technologies to streamline their business operations and improve productivity.
American companies have advertised for more than 282,000 positions in emerging technologies so far this year, an increase of 65% over the same period in 2017, according to the data compiled by a technology industry Association, CompTIA.
As many as 11,700 jobs were created in the IT sector alone in the month of October, while employers in other sectors added 107,000 new technology positions.
“The combination of job gains this past month and the surge in hiring intensity indicate technology-related employment is on very solid footing,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA.
Professionals specialized in new technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data, are enjoying extraordinary salary.
Postings for blockchain positions were up 370% year-over-year, while postings for artificial intelligence up 149%, machine learning up 99%, and big data up 41%.
“The data confirms software, data and emerging tech skills continue to be hot commodities in the job market; which often overshadows the fact that employers are also in hiring mode for many core positions, such as networking, IT support, and cybersecurity,” Herbert added.
October was the second strongest month in 2018 for tech sector hiring, surpassed only by May when some 11,900 new positions were added.
Of the 11,000 jobs created in the IT sector, more than half of them were for people specialized in custom software development and computer system design.