High-tech jobs growing across country, technical recruiters find value for employers

Although we might not have flying skateboards in the next few years – like Back to the Future II may have led us to believe – the country and the world at-large are still in the midst of a growing technological revolution. One of the greatest benefits the nation has seen from this digital boom is the high-tech jobs market, which that is still growing in size and importance. It remains "one consistent bright spot" in the still-recovering economy, a new report shows.

According to "Technology Works: High-Tech Employment and Wages in the United States," high-tech jobs are some of the most sought-after positions in America and are growing at a considerable pace in every pocket of the country, making technical recruiters who are adept at finding superior levels of talent for high-tech positions priceless in employer's efforts to fill positions.

High-tech well outgrows average private sector
The study, which was released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, found since the dot-com bust bottomed out in early 2004, employment in the high-tech sector emerged from the ruins. Jobs growth in that industry has been better than the overall private sector by a ratio of nearly 3-to-1. Not only are more jobs being created in the high-tech fields, but the unemployment rate has also remained lower than the national average and wage growth is trending upward more than private sector jobs.

The report identified growth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a huge driver of the high-tech jobs boom. From 2002 to 2011, employment in STEM positions outgrew job growth across all occupations by a 27-to-1 ratio. Considering the healthy growth in STEM jobs, employers may find the market to more competitive than ever, yet they can still be successful when working with engineering recruiters.

Coast-to-coast trend in high-tech employment
Usually, when one hears "high-tech jobs," they can be forgiven if the only thing that comes to mind is the famed Silicon Valley, where companies such as Google and Apple have made their home. But the recent report found the high-tech industry is by no means exclusive to California,

Among the top states with the highest concentration of high-tech jobs in state employment, there was much bicoastal diversity. Washington (11.4 percent), Massachusetts (9.4 percent), Virginia (9.3 percent), Maryland (8.9 percent), Colorado (8.4 percent), California (8.2 percent) and New Mexico (7.6 percent) all registered high-tech concentration above the U.S. average of 5.6 percent.

High-tech employment has made even greater strides in local employment. Places like Huntsville, Alabama, (22.4 percent concentration) and Wichita, Kansas, (14.8 percent), not normally thought of as high-tech hotbeds, are actually big sources of high-tech jobs. The findings just go to show that any employer across the country can benefit from using technical recruiters to find the best technical talent.