The D.C. area ranks No. 1 for tech job postings, in line with a brand new CompTIA’s Sate of Technology report.

The D.C. area stays a pacesetter in IT employment, with 11.2% of the realm’s workforce working in info technology-related professions. The area additionally ranks No. 1 for tech job postings, in line with The Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA.

The group’s annual State of Technology report stated there are greater than 376,000 folks working in IT-related fields within the D.C. space, with 23,480 technology-related corporations that account for 13.2% of the area’s total annual financial impression.

Tech jobs go effectively past technology-focused corporations, to banks, well being care, leisure and hospitality, nonprofits and associations, and nearly each different business.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 25% of IT staff don’t maintain a bachelor’s diploma or greater. And 85% of HR leaders surveyed by CompTIA assist eliminating or enjoyable diploma necessities in hiring.

Advancing within the IT subject nonetheless requires greater than certifications or prior expertise.

“Those may very well be expertise which might be technical, but additionally skilled expertise like teamwork and communication. So so long as a candidate can construct all these expertise by means of one other avenue and show they’ve these expertise, then I feel extra corporations will take into account them,” stated Seth Robinson, vice chairman of business analysis at CompTIA.

The D.C. area is exclusive in that many IT professionals right here should not essentially truly doing hands-on technical work.

“Plenty of people who’re in all probability very technically expert … may not be doing conventional IT work. They may very well be helping on tasks. They may very well be lobbying. They may very well be consulting. I feel there’s a greater focus of that within the D.C. space,” Robinson stated.

In truth, 19.7% of IT-related job posts within the D.C. space are in what’s outlined as “rising applied sciences,” a catchall class for IT jobs that don’t match into clearly outlined expertise.

The estimated median tech wage within the D.C. area is $125,600, in line with CompTIA’s annual report, 98% greater than the median metro-area wage. That ranks fourth-highest amongst high metros.

About 60% of IT professionals within the D.C. area are millennials or Gen-Z. While ladies and minority employment within the IT subject within the D.C. space ranks among the many highest within the nation, it’s nonetheless beneath the general employment charges, with 28% ladies, 18% African American and 6% Hispanic and Latino.

The IT business is a powerful driver of the financial system and workforce within the D.C. area, nevertheless it has matured. CompTIA forecasts job progress within the business right here to be simply 1.1% this 12 months.

Artificial intelligence is on the forefront of job progress within the D.C. area, with this space surpassing the San Francisco Bay Area for AI-related job postings, in line with business actual property agency JLL, pushed by each the federal government lobbying enterprise and Northern Virginia’s main place amongst knowledge middle markets.

Despite hand-wringing about AI changing people and their jobs, Robinson stated it would even have the other impact.

“We undoubtedly see corporations believing that they’ll use expertise and AI specifically to reinforce their workforce and to make it extra productive. And, as they’re making their workforce extra productive, it stands to cause that they might need to convey in additional staff who could be much more productive with synthetic intelligence,” he stated.

“Companies will even be cost-conscious, and they’ll in all probability need to search for these jobs that may be utterly changed.”

CompTIA’s Sate of Technology report is online, with D.C. area knowledge on web page 118.

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