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May 14, 2019

Where Are Tech Jobs Thriving in the U.S.?

By Emily Matzelle

If you had to predict where the majority of the country’s tech jobs were located, where would be your best guess? Would it be California? Or, maybe New York? If one of those states was your guess, you wouldn’t be wrong. But, would you be surprised to learn that North Carolina, Michigan and Massachusetts also hold prominent places on the top Cyberstates™ by net tech employment job gains rankings?


Cyberstates, published annually, is the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics. Cyberstates aggregates mountains of data and transforms it into easy-to-understand visuals and actionable insights.


Cyberstates graph


Job Gains in Tech Employment

The term “net tech employment job gains” simply means how many net new jobs in technology were added in a year. This year’s data shows that job gains in tech employment have grown steadily over time. Since 2010, 46 states experienced positive tech employment gains. Twenty-three states generated gains of more than 25,000 net new tech jobs during this stretch, while five states topped the 100,000 mark for tech job additions. As a whole, 260,865 new tech jobs were added nationwide last year.


California net tech employment was an estimated 1,782,499 workers in 2018, a gain of 51,567 net new jobs year-over-year. Other states that experienced notable tech employment gains include Florida, Texas, North Carolina, New York, and Washington.


Top 10 States by Net Tech Employment Job Gains

California                          +51,567

Florida                               +18,147

Texas                                 +17,855

North Carolina                 +13,773

New York                          +13.732

Washington                      +12,864

Michigan                           +12,354

Georgia                             +11,302

Massachusetts                 +11,175

Ohio                                   +9,248


Which Sectors Are Growing?

On an industry sector basis, the IT services and custom software services has been the growth engine for the greatest number of states over the past few years. This is both in response to as well as an enabler of the ongoing digital business transformation trend.


Top categories by state:

  • IT services/custom software services: 39 states
  • R&D, Testing, and Engineering Services: 8 states
  • Tech manufacturing: 3 states
  • Telecommunications and Internet Services: 1 state


Which Companies Employ the Most People?

Nationwide, Accenture, Deloitte and Amazon employ the most people in technology-related positions, and the data shows that companies are hiring. There were 3.7 million postings for tech occupation job openings during 2018; with nearly 400,000 postings occurring in emerging tech areas.


Top employers in these 10 states:



  1. Apple Inc.
  2. Northrop Grumman
  3. Amazon



  1. Accenture
  2. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  3. Deloitte



  1. IBM
  2. Deloitte
  3. Accenture


North Carolina

  1. Wells Fargo
  2. IBM
  3. Bank of America


New York

  1. IBM
  2. JP Morgan Chase Company
  3. Capital Markets Placement



  1. Amazon
  2. Microsoft Corporation
  3. The Boeing Company



  1. General Motors
  2. Fca Us, Llc
  3. Fast Switch Limited



  1. Capgemini
  2. Deloitte
  3. Anthem Blue Cross



  1. Raytheon
  2. Capital Markets Placement
  3. World Travel Holdings



  1. JP Morgan Chase Company
  2. Accenture
  3. Fast Switch Limited


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 3 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