Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jobs for the Future: New IT Job Market Report

Jobs for the Future has released a new report:  An Examination of the Information Technology Job Market, which is available for download free.  It contains lots of good information, which can be used to help justify ICT related programs and credentials.

"Notwithstanding 13.7 million unemployed workers in 2011 and an 8.2 percent national unemployment rate in June 2012, information technology occupations continue to offer opportunities for jobseekers with the requisite skills and credentials. In the most recent edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported it expects IT employment to grow “much faster than the average” of all occupations through 2018.1 In May 2011, in the midst of the recession, a survey by ManpowerGroup found that “52 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission critical positions within their organizations,” declaring a lack of technical skills and experience as the main reasons jobs remained vacant.2

This brief examines changes in the numbers of IT-sector jobs since the recession began in late 2007. It utilizes job posting data to examine four types of data:

  • Hiring trends;
  • Skills and certifications sought by employers;
  • Employers with the largest number of job ads; and
  • Emerging IT job titles, skills, and certifications..."

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