04 Apr As Ohio’s technology industry expands, so does the need for tech professionals
Employment in Ohio’s technology industry expanded by nearly 3,000 jobs in 2017 and the industry contributed $30.9 billion to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology industry association.
- With an estimated 384,000 workers, Ohio ranks 10th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in net tech employment. This accounts for 6.6 percent of the state’s total workforce.
- The average tech industry wage in Ohio is $82,120, compared to the state’s average private sector annual wage of $48,480.
- The tech sector is responsible for an estimated 5.4 percent ($30.9 billion) of the overall state economy. The state is home to some 15,686 tech business establishments.
- Ohio posted a significant jump in its Cyberstates Innovation Score, climbing to 15th this year compared to 33rd in 2017.
- The state also saw a 50.4 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies – such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, and blockchain.
- While these positions accounted for only a small percentage of total tech job postings, it indicates where organizations are headed with the technology investments.
- The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of packaged software (+ 4.3 percent); R&D, testing and engineering services (+ 2.5 percent); and IT services and custom software services (+ 2.2 percent).
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