2012 State of the IT Workforce certification.comptia.org Terry Erdle Executive Vice President Skills Certification CompTIA
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IT Labor Force GrowingFaster than Economy UnemploymentOverall U.S. at 8.5% IT at 3.6% as of Jan. 2011 as of Jan. 2011 Labor Force IOverall U.S. up 1.1% IT up 3.6% since Jan. 2011 since Jan. 2011 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Strong IT Employment 166,000 U.S. IT Firms Employ a Total of 5 Million Workers in the IT Industry• 400,000 Self-Employed• 60% of Workers Employed by Large Firms Spanning the Entire IT Industry• 62% of Workers in the IT Services Sector are Employed by Small Firms Source: U.S. Economic Census and CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2012
Strong IT Employment3.6 Million Workers in IT Departments in Industries Across the EconomyMajority in Core IT Positions: Computer Support Software Development Computer Systems Analyst Source: CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2012
Small Business is the Lifebloodof the National EconomyCompTIA market research reveals that:•SMBs employ more than 50% of the countrys privatesector workforce•SMBs hire 40% of high-tech workers, such as scientists,engineers and computer workers.•98% of all IT firms are small companies. Source: Small Business Administration
A Plethora of Tech Job Openings Nearly 300,000 IT jobs are now open in the U.S., according to Indeed.com
Skilled IT Professionals AreHarder to Find Compared to other employment sectors, more CIOs say recruiting is a challenge, according to Robert Half International.
Skills Gaps are on the Rise• Majority of organizations want to improve use of technology and skills of IT staff.• Skills gaps in IT are on the rise: 4 in 10 organizations report an increase in IT skills gaps• Most organizations seek to improve both “hard” and “soft” IT skills gaps Source: CompTIAs IT Skills Gap Study Base: 500 U.S. IT and Business Executives
Skills Gap Negatively Impacts BusinessReductions measured for firms of all sizes: Staff productivity Customer service/customer engagement Cybersecurity/defending against security threats Innovation/new product development Speed to market with new products or services Source: CompTIAs IT Skills Gap Study Base: 500 U.S. IT and Business Executives
Certification Validates Skills 8 in 10 HR professionals say IT certifications will grow in importance over the next two years.
Certification Makes TrainingMore Effective 84% of organizations agree that it’s best to test after training to confirm knowledge gains. Source: CompTIAs 2012 IT Security Study
Top 5 Benefits of Having an ITCertified Staff • Better able to understand new or complex technologies • More productive IT workforce • More insightful problem solving • Better project management skills • Better communication skills Certified workers are more likely to stay at a company.
Certify the IT WorkforceAddress the Expanding Global IT WorkforceGap • Help employers make hiring decisions • Help professionals prove their skills and grow their careersBridge IT Careers from Beginner to Expert • Leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications • 1.5M+ people certified worldwide • 19 certifications with more in development
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Resources to Boost the IT WorkforceCompTIA and its partners offer a host ofservices to help people start a career in IT:•IT-Ready apprenticeships•Troops to Tech Careers program for U.S.military veterans•An online job board and other resources