Cloud Computing, Managed Services Drive IT Job Market Growth: Report
The IT sector continued to experience job growth in April, adding 17,800 IT-related jobs.U.S. employment numbers released last week from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a net gain of 17,800 IT-related jobs in April, representing the 11th consecutive month of positive job growth across four primary IT labor segments in federal employment data. But in a continuing pattern that suggests a significant shift to IT services industry employees of many technology jobs that businesses have traditionally filled with full-time in-house staff, 19,200 new jobs were added in the "Management and Technical Consulting Services" and "Computer Systems Design and Related Services" employment segments in April-7,000 more than in any month in more than four years.
Meanwhile, another 1,400 jobs were lost in the "Telecommunications and Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services" segments. Moreover, in the prior 12 months of federal jobs reports, 93,300 jobs have been added to the "Management and Technical Consulting Services" and "Computer Systems Design and Related Services" against losses of 41,400 jobs in the "Telecommunications and Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services" segment.
Grants will be awarded to help workers update current job skills or acquire new skills so they can enter career pathways that lead to higher-paying jobs, including positions in IT. The Department of Labor expects to fund 75 to 100 grants.