Data Jobs Grow at Faster Pace, Pay Higher Salaries

By Dennis McCafferty
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    There are 10.3 million employees who have jobs in which data is considered of central significance, accounting for 7.8% of all employment.

Data is now considered a key focus for the majority of U.S. jobs, according to research recently released by the Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The accompanying report, titled "The Importance of Data Occupations in the U.S. Economy," reveals that data positions are growing at a remarkably faster pace than other jobs. As a result, workers in these jobs make far more than the average private-sector employee, findings show. The highest paying IT jobs, which are considered "data occupations," include computer information systems managers, software/application developers and computer systems analysts. As for where to go for these job? There's always California and New York, of course, but southern states such as Texas and Florida also rank in the top five of data employment states. The increase in demand for data skills is expected to continue: Annual investment in information technology equipment and software has surpassed $600 billion, which accounts for 3.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

This article was originally published on 2015-04-15
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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