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Information technology employment rose by 30 percent from 1999 through 2011 in the U.S. while total employment rose by just 1 percent, according to a new report by Staffing Industry Analysts. And growth in IT jobs is expected to continue and help drive demand for IT staffing going forward.
IT staffing revenue in the U.S. is expected to grow by 8 percent this year to a total of $24.9 billion.
“Right now, what’s driving growth in IT staffing is mobile technology, cloud computing, social media and health information technology,” said Senior Research Analyst Sona Sharma. “The push for adoption of health information technology is big impetus of growth in the IT industry. A shortage of qualified IT professionals is one of the key challenges faced by hospitals to achieve ‘meaningful use’ of these technologies that, to put it simply, will help our health system to go from paper to an electronic system.”
The overall boom in the use of computers has been the principal driver of growth in the IT segment over the long term. Annual U.S. purchases of computers have exhibited a strong, if uneven, upward trend over the past 30 years. In no year on record have computer sales declined.
In addition, the IT staffing segment may benefit as talent is expected to become harder to find. The report projects a slowdown in U.S. production of computer science graduates through 2016.
More information on reports by Staffing Industry Analysts can be found at www.staffingindustry.com. Corporate members of Staffing Industry Analysts can access the full version of this report, which includes 32 occupations with superior opportunities for staffing firms, by clicking here.