An Inside Look at the Fast-Growing IT Industry’s New and Emerging Jobs

Posted By Terri Williams on April 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm
An Inside Look at the Fast-Growing IT Industry’s New and Emerging Jobs

Information Technology is the “IT” industry – and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. For students who don’t want to pursue a medical or law degree, IT represents the next highest-paying job market, and the shortage of students completing an IT degree makes this a high-demand field.

According to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), 2015 marked a 10-year high growth rate in the high-tech industry — in fact, 46 states reported net job growth.

As a whole,  the U.S. is responsible for 28% ($1 trillion) of the global ($3.7 trillion) IT market, according to IDC, a research consulting firm.

These are the 4 key segments of the U.S. IT Market:

  • 30% Telecom services: fixed voice and data, wireless voice and data
  • 25% IT services: planning & implementation, support services, operations management, training
  • 24% IT hardware: servers, personal computers, storage, Smartphones, tablets, network equipment, printers & other peripherals
  • 21% Software: applications, system infrastructure software

GoodCall asked CompTIA’s president and CEO, Todd Thibodeaux, to share some of the job trends in this vast and growing industry.

If you’re considering a “traditional” IT job, these are the 7 fastest-growing occupations:

1 Cybersecurity analyst
2 Web developer
3 Software developer, applications
4 Software developer, systems software
5 Systems analyst
6 IT support specialist
7 IT manager/director/CIO


However, Thibodeaux says these are the 14 new and emerging jobs to watch in 2016:

1 Chief analytics/data officer 8 Container developer/architect
2 Data scientist 9 Cloud systems engineer
3 Data visualizer 10 Internet of Things architect
4 Social media analyst 11 Information assurance analyst
5 Augmented reality designer 12 Computer security incident responder
6 Content manager/strategist 13 Agile project manager
7 Marketing technologist 14 Responsive web designer


Believe it or not, IT isn’t booming everywhere in the U.S. The top 25 states are responsible for 88% of all IT jobs:

1 California 6 Illinois 11 Washington 16 Colorado 21 Indiana
2 Texas 7 Pennsylvania 12 Georgia 17 Minnesota 22 Tennessee
3 New York 8 New Jersey 13 North Carolina 18 Arizona 23 Oregon
4 Florida 9 Massachusetts 14 Maryland 19 Missouri 24 Connecticut
5 Virginia 10 Ohio 15 Michigan 20 Wisconsin 25 Utah


IT workers are employed in a variety of industries. However, these are the top 10 sectors for core IT positions:

Industry Sector Estimated # of IT Workers
1 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,923,152
2 Information 611,843
3 Government 491.754
4 Finance and Insurance 378,108
5 Manufacturing 351,141
6 Management of Companies and Enterprises 256,108
7 Wholesale Trade 231,504
8 Administrative & Support, Waste Mgmt, and Remediation Services 230,167
9 Health Care and Social Assistance 116,797
10 Educational Services 114,958


Is computer systems analyst the “IT” job?

Computer systems analyst was ranked the 3rd best job in the country (behind orthodontist and dentist) in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs of 2016.

GoodCall asked Thiboreaux why he thought this job was ranked so highly. “In the age of cloud computing, big data, mobile apps and devices, social media and workflow automation, someone skilled in the ability to understand and meld these disparate technologies into a seamless whole is vital,” says Thiboreaux.

In addition, he says that other industries across the economy have increased their investments in internal software development, IT support, cybersecurity, data, and related skills. “As companies continue to work to get the right mix of technology to achieve their business objectives, they will also seek to get the right mix of tech talent,” explains Thiboreaux.

As organizations strive to operate more efficiently and effectively, they’re looking for computer systems analysts who can analyze existing computer systems and create the best solutions. “They bring business and technology together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.” And as a result, Thiboreaux says, “They’re employed by a variety of organizations, including businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and consulting firms that contract to develop new computer systems.

Hiring challenges

One reason IT workers are so popular among employers: “Across the country and across industries, employers continue to find the hiring environment for technical positions to be challenging,” laments Thiboreaux.  And while the total core IT occupation workforce in the U.S. increased by an estimated 151,200 jobs in 2015, he says there were job postings for 807,450 core IT positions during the 4th quarter of 2015, according to stats from Burning Glass Technologies. “That figure is 39 percent higher than the number of IT job postings in Q4 2014.”

Terri Williams
Terri Williams graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her education, career, and business articles have been featured on Yahoo! Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and in the print edition of USA Today Special Edition. Terri is also a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics," a book published by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

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