EMSI recently provided labor market data for TechHire, a multi-sector initiative that is part of President Obama’s middle-class economics agenda seeking to educate and connect Americans for higher-paying jobs. Specifically, TechHire’s mission is to equip Americans with the skills they need to fill the huge (and growing) national demand for IT talent.
Announced by the President in March, TechHire is partnering with 21 communities across the country to recruit and train workers not only through universities and community colleges, but also through nontraditional approaches such as coding boot camps, industry-certified training programs, and online courses that train students more rapidly, preparing them for IT jobs in as little as a few months.
There’s quite a bit of good news for tech-inclined workers out there:
- With over half a million unfilled jobs (12% of all job openings in the US), the IT sector is currently the largest occupational category for open jobs.
- A number of IT occupations lead to middle-class careers that pay, on average, 1.5 times the average private-sector American job. These occupations include cybersecurity, network administration, coding, project management, UI design, and data analytics.
- Hundreds of thousands of IT jobs don’t require advanced degrees, which is why TechHire has coordinated so many training opportunities outside universities.
- You don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. IT jobs are needed everywhere and in multiple industries, such as health care, retail, manufacturing, financial services, energy, transportation, and local government.
Using EMSI data, TechHire created an interactive map displaying the number of tech jobs in the 21 communities that have responded to the President’s call to action. (Click to the third map, All IT Jobs in TechHire Communities.)
For more on EMSI’s employment data—available at the county, MSA, and ZIP code level—or to see data for your region, email Josh Wright. Follow EMSI on Twitter (@DesktopEcon) or check us out on LinkedIn and Facebook.