Job creation in the U.S. information technology industry grew bigger in September with around 3,200 new jobs, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
The IT industry’s employment growth took place as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the economy reduced 33,000 jobs. On the other hand, the jobless rate nationwide dropped to 4.2%.
Bucking the Trend
The CompTIA IT Employment Tracker analysis showed that 3,000 jobs were attributed to the performance of the computer and electronic products manufacturing segment. The demand for new workers in this field stemmed from companies’ desire “to modernize their legacy systems,” according to Tim Herbert, CompTIA senior vice president, research and market intelligence.
Demand for cybersecurity experts also remain evident with job listings, even if the BLS does not track data on this segment, said Corey White, chairman of the CompTIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board. Those who wish to increase their chances of being hired should consider applying for certification tests. Some practice courses help in preparing you to answer questions, whether it is for CompTIA Security or Network+ exam objectives.
BLS said that the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma likely caused a decline in new job creation nationwide. Economists advised that the storms’ impact could be the underlying factor for fewer employed people, instead of an indication of a long-term change in the job market.
For instance, U.S. employment should return to normal by the end of 2017, according to Stuart Hoffman, a senior economic advisor at PNC Financial Services. Still, the decline in September jobs led employment growth to average 91,000 jobs per month over the last three months.
The increase in new employment for the IT sector represents good news for active job hunters. At the same time, a strong demand for security experts bodes well since it provides an alternative career option for many professionals.