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Michigan ranked third in tech job gains

By The Associated Press • Apr 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Michigan had a net gain of 13,160 tech jobs in 2017, third only to California and Texas, according to the non-profit trade group Computing Technology Industry Association. California had a net gain of 43,600 tech jobs, Texas 13,390.

The group's Cyberstates 2018 report, released last week, ranks Michigan ninth overall in net technology employment.

The report states that the technology sector contributes an estimated $34.7 billion — 7.5 percent — to the state's overall economy.

“The continued growth of Michigan’s tech industry is encouraging and the Cyberstates ranking reaffirms Michigan’s place as a national leader in tech employment,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a release.

“Through efforts like the Marshall Plan for Talent, Michigan is reinventing the way we develop, attract and invest in talent. We’re continuing to help Michiganders fill high-tech, high-salary and in-demand jobs as the IT field continues its rapid growth throughout our state.”

The governor’s Marshall Plan for Talent is a partnership among educators, employers and stakeholders to transform how the state develops talent. It seeks to help Michiganders fill career openings in fields that are facing critical talent shortages — including IT and computer science, which is expected to have more than 270,600 job openings through 2024. State experts predict this field will grow at double the rate of the occupational average.

The Cyberstates report shows a 43.4-percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies — such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality and blockchain.

The report states that technology jobs in Michigan pay an average wage of $92,000, compared to the state's overall average wage of $51,790.

The state’s leading tech occupations include software and web developers, computer support specialists, and computer system and information security analysts, with the strongest year-over-year job growth happening in research and development, testing and engineering services and software.

The Cyberstates 2018 report is based on the association’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights and other sources. The full Cyberstates 2018 report, with national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at cyberstates.org.

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