US IT department jobs are slowly declining after coronavirus dip
The CompTIA report showed an increase of 7,300 jobs in the tech manufacturing sector in June.
Jobs in the tech industry are slowly recovering after a disastrous two-month race, according to nonprofit tech industry trade association CompTIA. Overall, the economy showed renewed signs of life after a catastrophic stretch between April and May.
A June 2022 study revealed that for a tech career, IT jobs increased across all industry segments of the economy by an estimated 227,000 locations, but when researchers drilled further the numbers were a bit more complex.
In total, there was a slight decline of 5,600 jobs in technical business employment but three out of five sectors saw a positive increase. The tech manufacturing sector in particular led the way with a net increase of 7,300 jobs that included both technical and non-technical jobs. The data processing, hosting and related services division saw a knot of 5,600 in job gains while the information services sector, which includes search engines and ports, saw a 2,200 position increase.
“The latest employment data for tech was generally positive, with continued signs of movement,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for market research and information at CompTIA. “While uncertainty remains a major concern, forward-looking employment mailing figures suggest that employment will accelerate in areas such as software development, IT support, cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, and emerging special tech areas. "
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The industry is still recovering from job losses in April and May. In February, the IT sector peaked at nearly 4.8 million positions. But by May it was down to around 4.6 million and remained stable in June, indicating a slow recovery. In June, the telecommunications sector saw a drop of 300 jobs and "IT & software services - computer system design" lost 20,400 jobs.
A decline in IT jobs also fell as companies struggled to recover from the economic storm caused by coronavirus pandemic. 350,000 saw IT jobs in February and March but that figure dropped to nearly 200,000 by May. June saw a slight return to over 250,000, with positions such as software developer, IT support specialist, systems engineers / architects, systems analysts, and IT project managers seeing the biggest increase in demand.
Between May and June, cities like Washington, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Phoenix saw the biggest bumps in IT careers. Some of the top companies in terms of IT job positions were Amazon, Wells Fargo, Anthem Blue Cross, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Stanley Black & Decker, and Boeing.
Businesses from “Professional, scientific and technical services” to finance, insurance and manufacturing were the most in need of IT knowledge.
"Because the IT services and custom software development sector is dominated by small firms, they tend to be more aware of the impact on customer consumption," Herbert said. In return, we expect employment to begin among IT services and consumer software development companies. "
The CompTIA report comes on the heels of a positive jobs report published last week, showing that employers added 4.8 million jobs, which pushed the country's unemployment rate down to 11.1%. Despite the progressive works report, experts believe there could be a problem as coronavirus infections spread across several states and some need to close again.
Glassdoor noted that the jobs report for July could look worse than June if states across the West and West have to reverse shelter orders, but said it would not be as bad as what the country saw in April.