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US IT job creation growing fastest in non-traditional sectors, geographies

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US IT job creation growing fastest in non-traditional sectors, geographies

Companies must think beyond traditional tech hubs and skill sets to net top workers.

According to member-based advisory firm CEB, the US remains a global leader in IT job creation with nearly 440,000 IT jobs advertised across 2013.

Based on the company's analysis, the rate of IT job creation through 2018 will actually be faster outside the Technology sector than within it. This increased competition for IT talent, coupled with the rapidly evolving skills required for success in these positions, is creating a new employee supply gap that will force organizations to think beyond traditional geographic talent pools and candidate profiles to acquire and retain top IT employees.

"The speed of change and hyper-specialization of skills in the IT workforce is creating competitive disruption."While it is commonly believed that the Technology sector dominates IT hiring, in reality it employs only 34% of the total US IT workforce.  These organizations, historically clustered in states like California, Washington, Texas, and New York, continue to drive the growth of existing technology hubs, but new cities like Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City are emerging as notable demand areas as employers of IT workers become more varied.

In fact, over the next five years, the proportion of the total number of IT jobs created by the Technology sector is projected to stall or decline, while non-tech industries—like Manufacturing, Automotive, Healthcare and Retail—are set to realize large net gains in IT jobs created. Given that many of these companies have historically been based in non-coastal states and cities, the result is a growing geographic diversification of the IT workforce.

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