Technology-related employment in NH grew by more than 2,800 new jobs in 2018 and the tech sector increased its contribution to the state's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019, a guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by technology industry association CompTIA.
Net tech employment grew by an estimated 2,819 jobs in 2018, a 4.2 percent increase over 2017. Since 2010 net tech employment has grown by more than 13,000 new jobs. With nearly 70,000 workers, tech accounts for approximately 9.8 percent of the NH workforce.
The tech sector has an estimated direct economic impact of $10.6 billion, or about 13.8 percent of NH's total economy.
"Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across NH, especially when you consider the thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs," says Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
The outlook for future employment growth remains positive. NH saw a 15 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and blockchain.
Cyberstates projects the base of tech occupation employment – a subset of net tech employment will grow by 7.4 percent in NH by 2026. Retirements will add even more pressure to meet the need for tech talent.
"The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future," says Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. "As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow."
Tech occupations with year-over-year growth in NH included software and web developers (+5.9 percent); computer support specialists (+4.2 percent); and network architects, administrators and support specialists (+1.8 percent).
The median tech occupation wage in NH is $78,768. That's 80 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
Cyberstates 2019 (#cyberstates) is based on CompTIA's analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, and other sources. Estimates for 2018 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The full report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at https://www.cyberstates.org/.