Where are the tech jobs?

03 November 2022

​You may want to rethink about where the tech jobs are found. According to Sarah Overmyer from Indeed, she wrote that “stereotypes around tech often include images of vast futuristic campuses filled with scooters where employees can bring their dogs to work and take naps in sleep pods. But the truth is the tech labor market is more complex than that. Software engineers don’t just work at Apple and Google — they work at banks, transportation companies and food distributors too.

As the world shifts to being digital, almost all companies need some sort of tech staff. Because of this, tech jobs on the whole are on the rise — between 2012 and 2017, tech jobs as a share of all jobs rose from 2.8% to 3.3%. But within many high tech industries, tech workers as a proportion of employees are actually declining, as companies hire for nontechnical roles at a faster rate.”

If this seems counterintuitive, that’s because industries aren’t as homogeneous as we think. It’s not only bankers who work at banks — a variety of staff is needed, including tech talent, to support the business. The same goes for “tech” fields and companies. IBM isn’t made up of only programmers — they need robust marketing, sales and other teams to support what they do as well.”

What does this mean for job seekers?

Tech skills are in demand in almost any field you can think of. Wanting to pursue a career in tech doesn’t mean you’re limited to Silicon Valley — there are job options at companies that do everything from making dishwashers to publishing books.

Tech is changing, and not only in terms of complex technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence. The tech labor market is changing in more subtle ways, as well. All types of fields and companies are hiring tech talent to help them advance. And companies within high tech industries are diversifying their hiring outside of technical roles to support more robust businesses. With both employers and job seekers broadening their horizons, this means something new for everyone.