Thursday, May 02, 2019
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has released its annual Cyberstates report, providing a detailed look at trends in technology employment. It’s a great way to check how Texas is faring relative to other states in a key component of future growth.
CompTIA uses a measure of technology employment that includes technology workers across the entire economy. By this measure, the US total reached an estimated 11.8 million in 2018, up 2.3% from 2017. Since 2010, national tech employment rose by 18.8%.
For Texas, estimated 2018 tech employment was almost 983,000, second behind California, which is far higher with almost 1.8 million. Texas tech employment in 2018 was up 1.8% over 2017 and a total of 20.9% since 2010. California’s tech employment rose 3.0% for 2018 and 25.4% since 2010. The number of technology jobs added in Texas (17,855) ranked third behind California (51,567) and Florida (18,147). Despite widespread talk of firms moving from California to Texas, the numbers suggest that the advantage of our West Coast friends is substantial and growing.