The information technology in the U.S. recorded job growth in four out of five employment categories in June, according to an analysis by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
An estimated 8,400 people landed roles in the industry. During the first half, the IT sector has hired around 61,900 workers. CompTIA based its analysis on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The analysis also revealed that job growth in the IT industry surpassed other sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, and transportation. CompTIA noted that Jobs in IT and software services, as well as computer system design, accounted for the biggest increase with 4,900 more jobs.
Service portal and computer and electronic products manufacturing added 2,300 and 1,000 jobs, respectively, while there were 900 new employees in the data processing, hosting, and related services for June. While the industry hired more people in the same month, a survey showed that there is an increasing gap between expected skills and actual performance.
CompTIA conducted a survey of 600 IT and business professionals, who believe that more skilled workers are necessary for companies to remain competitive. Obtaining a certification can help solve this problem, which is why IT employees should consider applying for accreditation and prepare for it. Taking a Security+ practice test may help them reach their goal.
Despite this assistance, two out of three IT companies are yet to implement a formal strategy to bridge the broadening gap for IT skills. Identifying the problem would account for half of the solution.
The U.S. IT sector’s job growth provides a bright outlook for aspiring professionals that want to enter the industry. If you happen to be one of them, you should consider enhancing your skills with certification or training to improve your chances of landing a job.