According to a new report by CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, Texas added more tech workers than any other state in the United States in 2022.
The report, titled "State of the Tech Workforce," states that the net tech employment grew by 5.5% in Texas in 2022, with an estimated net new 45,331 workers employed in technology, which is forecasted to increase by more than 38,438 new jobs in 2023.
Currently, there are 867,278 people in Texas working in tech jobs, which represent 6.2% of the overall state workforce. The estimated median wage for a tech worker in Texas is $89,833, which is 123% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
Additionally, there are now 44,330 tech businesses in Texas, including 2,310 that opened in 2022, the second-highest total among all states. The tech industry in Texas delivers an economic impact of more than $158.7 billion, or 7.7% of the state's total economy.
The report also highlights occupations that are poised for growth, including software development, programming, web development, and quality assurance, cybersecurity, systems engineers, and emerging technologies.
Moreover, the report states that 28.8% of all tech job postings in Texas last year were for occupations related to emerging technologies or required emerging tech skills.
The "State of the Tech Workforce" report also indicates that Texas has a diverse tech workforce, with the state being in the first quartile of the report's diversity index.
Women account for 26% of the state's tech workforce, while Hispanic or Latino workers represent 17% (the second-highest percentage nationally), and Black or African American workers represent 9%.
"In a year of even more uncertainty than usual, the tech labor market routinely defied expectations. The data continues to confirm the degree to which technology underpins so many facets of business activity across the economy and the breadth of employers reliant on technical and digital skills," said Tim Herbert, chief research officer for CompTIA.
The report serves as the most comprehensive source of data on the size and scope of the U.S. technology industry and workforce, including employment, wages, business establishments, job postings, workforce diversity, and emerging tech metrics.
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