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As technology becomes more crucial to organizations and businesses, the demand for IT talent is growing steadily along with it, especially within industries not typically thought of as “tech friendly.”

In fact, in a recent study by CEB Analytics, non-tech industries, which include healthcare, retail, and manufacturing, currently employ approximately two-thirds of all private sector IT workers, and this number is only expected to increase in the future.

On the flipside, the 33.7% share of IT professionals who work in the technology sector is expected to stagnate within the next five years—CEB forecasts that it will remain between 32-35% by the time 2018 rolls around, though demand for talent will still remain high.

Of the non-tech industries, manufacturing and automotive are projected to post the most gains, with their share of the pie growing by up to eight and four percentage points, respectfully. Healthcare, retail, and aerospace and defense are also projected to show some moderate growth, with energy, pharmaceuticals, and logistics and supply chain trailing behind, though they’re still ultimately on the uptick.

Another trend of note is the growth of tech jobs in cities and states not normally thought of as tech centers. Of the over 4 million IT workers in the US, approximately two-thirds are concentrated within only 10 states, including entrenched technology centers California, New York, and Texas.

And of those states, California blows the rest of the pack away, employing roughly 636,000 IT workers, nearly double the amount of second place state New York. These states also post the most job openings, with California, New York, and Texas all posting more than 25,000 open jobs in 2013.

That said, there is a growing number of states outside these big three that are also posting as many job openings, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Illinois. Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan, and the greater Washington, DC, metro area are also showing a growing demand for IT talent, with between 5,000 to 25,000 job postings last year.


Offices at Tech Village in Atlanta, GA. Source: Atlanta Tech Village

This diversification trend also holds true for the cities within these states—for example, in 2013, the number of open jobs as a percentage of the total IT workforce was at or above 30% in Philadelphia and Oklahoma City, versus approximately 12% in traditional locations like the San Francisco Bay area and New York City. Other cities expected to show significant growth in IT talent demand are Austin, Phoenix, Denver, and Atlanta.

These figures suggest a rapidly growing diversity in IT workforce demand in both industries and locations that aren’t necessarily conventionally technology-driven. And as technology-enabled products and services become more integral to companies, even those not traditionally defined as IT and technology companies, the demand for talented IT professionals will only keep rising.

Here at Pinpoint, we’ve helped IT professionals find jobs within all of these growing industries—check out our job board for the latest openings or send us your resume today and one of our technical recruiters will be in touch.