Shift to services drives a decline in tech employment

10/6/2011 | Computerworld

There are about 600,000 fewer people employed in the U.S. tech industry today than a decade ago, according to a report from TechAmerica Foundation. Declining manufacturing, increased specialization and fewer telecommunications positions have led to the decrease, as software and engineering services now make up the largest growth sector for the industry, the report found. California leads the nation in tech employment, accounting for about 930,000 jobs. The decrease in jobs has been mirrored by an increase in average salary, with tech workers typically making 3% more last year than in 2009.

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