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Texas, Houston Among National Leaders in Tech Job Growth

Published Feb 10, 2020 by Maggie Martin

Houston Data Center

Texas and Houston were among the national leaders in month-over-month growth of IT job postings in January. 

That's according to the latest findings from CompTIA, one of the IT industry's trade associations. It also reported Texas was the second-leading state in total IT job postings last month. 

Houston continues to rise as a national leader in technology with about 150,000 tech workers, many of which are outside traditional tech industries. In fact, Houston has the highest share of tech workers at non-tech companies of any top 20 U.S. metro. Nearly two-thirds of Houston's high-tech workers are employed in industries other than computers and software. Overall, Houston has the 12th largest tech sector in the U.S. with a $28.1 billion impact to the regional economy.

The CompTIA findings are part of the association's broader report. It said employment in the U.S. technology sector grew by about 16,000 new positions in January, and companies added some 370,000 core information technology workers last month. 

"Employers continue to signal the need to expand their base of tech talent to meet short and longer-term business objectives," said Tim Hebert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA.

CompTIA's report comes just a day after a different study ranked Houston the sixth-best city for women in tech.

SmartAsset's annual study examined four factors: gender pay gap, earnings after housing costs, women's representation in the tech workforce and four-year tech employment growth. Women make up nearly 26% of tech jobs in Houston, and Houston has the eighth-highest average earnings amount for women tech workers at almost $64,500. And while researchers concluded the biggest cities aren't always better for women in tech, Houston was the only one of the five most-populated cities to make it into the top 15. 

Click here for CompTIA's report on January's U.S. tech employment. Read more about Houston's tech sector.

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