WASHINGTON - In an otherwise feeble labor market information technology job growth is solid and should remain so, according to a report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Coming a day before the government releases data expected to show lackluster overall job growth, the report stresses that IT's potential depends in part on policymakers committing to enhancing education and training and aggressively adopting IT in transportation, health care, and other areas.
The report, Looking for Jobs? Look to IT in 2012 and Beyond, dispels the notion that the best days for IT jobs have passed with the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000 and the practice of off-shoring today. From 2001 to 2011, a decade characterized by recessions and jobless recoveries, over 742,000 new IT jobs were created. IT employment grew more than 125 times faster than employment as a whole, which grew by only 0.2 percent. In addition, despite the shift of some IT jobs overseas during this period, over 300,000 jobs were created, many of them higher-paying than those lost.
"IT job growth continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark employment landscape," said ITIF President Rob Atkinson. "IT jobs can also be thought of as the light at the end of the tunnel. With advances in technology, a constant flow of new devices, and the untapped potential for smart grids and intelligent transportation systems, the prospects for high-quality job creation is very encouraging."
According to the report:
- With the growth in high-paying IT jobs, U.S. GDP was over $104 billion larger in 2011 than it was in 2001.Between May 2007 and May 2011, the number of IT jobs grew by 6.8 percent while the