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CompTIA’s Look Inside June’s Tech Job Market

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CompTIA’s monthly analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report data shows that tech sector companies increased their head counts by 5,348 jobs last month. However, tech occupations throughout the broader economy fell back in June as national employment growth slowed down from the levels experienced in early 2023.

More specifically, tech occupations throughout the economy declined by an estimated 171,000 in the last month. The unemployment rate for tech occupations edged up to 2.3% below the national figure of 3.6%.

Tech Occupation Categories that are Gaining

CompTIA noted that of the six top level tech occupation categories, three saw positive gains through the first half of 2023. Those were the following:

  • IT and custom software services and systems design
  • PC, semiconductor and components manufacturing
  • Cloud infrastructure, data processing and hosting

Employer job postings for future hiring declined modestly in June, CompTIA reported, to just under 236,000. Nearly 49,000 tech job postings offered remote work or hybrid work arrangements as an option, while about 21,000 job postings were for positions related to artificial intelligence. CompTIA reported that employer job postings for AI reached a new high point as a percentage of emerging tech postings (38%) and overall tech job postings (9%).

“The latest tech employment figures do lag some, but the underlying fundamentals remain unchanged,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA. “All signs point to a continuation of the growth trajectory for the tech workforce.”

Tech Jobs in Demand

CompTIA broke out employer hiring intent by job roles, and the following are some of those June job posting numbers:

  • Software developers and engineers – 64,957
  • IT project managers, data analysts and related occupations – 42,105
  • IT support specialists – 22,898
  • Systems analysts and engineers - 17,029
  • Data scientists - 15,131

Geographic Hot Spots for Tech Hiring

The Washington DC metro area led the nation in total tech job postings for the month at 16,452 and in the month-over-month increase in postings from May to June at 1,560, CompTIA reported.

Other top metros were the following:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago

Metro areas with the biggest month-over-month increases in tech job postings were the following:

  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Dallas
  • Orlando
  • Richmond
  • Indianapolis
  • Minneapolis
  • Detroit
  • Denver

Here’s a link to the full CompTIA Tech Jobs Report.

Jessica C. Davis

Jessica C. Davis is editorial director of CyberRisk Alliance’s channel brands, MSSP Alert, MSSP Alert Live, and ChannelE2E. She has spent a career as a journalist and editor covering the intersection of business and technology including chips, software, the cloud, AI, and cybersecurity. She previously served as editor in chief of Channel Insider and later of MSP Mentor where she was one of the original editors running the MSP 501.