Utah Tech Workforce Grows in Depth and Breadth CompTIA Releases Year in Review State of the Tech Workforce Report

Against the backdrop of an eventful year tech employment in Utah added new jobs and grew in depth and breadth, according to new research from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

CompTIA’s annual “State of the Tech Workforce” reveals that net tech employment in Utah increased by 5,130 new jobs in 2022, a 4.3% growth rate that surpassed the 3.2% national figure.2 CompTIA forecasts a 4.9% increase in tech employment for Utah this year – about 6,100 net new jobs.

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More than 123,000 people work in tech in Utah, spanning both technical and non-technical workers employed by tech companies and tech professionals who work in other industries. That represents 7.2% of the state’s workforce, the ninth highest percentage nationally. The median wage of $83,891 for a tech worker in Utah is 108% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.

Utah’s tech industry has an economic impact of $21.8 billion – 10% of the state economy and the eighth highest percentage among all states. There are nearly 9,300 tech business establishments in the state.

CompTIA’s “State of the Tech Workforce” is the most comprehensive source of data on the size and scope of the U.S. technology industry and workforce. The report includes data on employment, wages, business establishments, job postings, workforce diversity, emerging tech metrics and more. Among other highlights from the new report:

Occupations poised for growth – Positions in cybersecurity and systems engineering (8.3%) and software development, programming, web development and quality assurance (6.4%) are projected to see the most growth in Utah this year.

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Emerging tech employment opportunities – 28% of all tech jobs postings in the state last year were for occupations related to emerging technologies or for positions that required emerging tech skills.

Workforce diversity – Utah is in the fourth quartile in the report’s diversity index, a measurement of the depth and breadth of diversity in the tech workforce for seven primary race and ethnicity groups, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women account for 22% of the state’s workforce; Hispanic or Latino workers, 7%; and Black or African American workers, 1%.

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