IT sector added over 7,000 jobs last month

In February, the technology industry grew by 7,300 jobs, Investors News Daily reported. According to the source, analysis firm CompTIA conducted research that found the employment increases seen last month occurred across a range of sectors within the industry.

For example, 5,500 new software and technology services jobs were created. This brings the total number of positions added in the sector since the start of the year to 17,000. With an increase of 1,900 jobs, telecommunications also helped fuel the industry growth. In its press release, CompTIA noted that February was the first time in a few months that telecommunications experienced employment gains.

The report added that the number of IT occupation job postings reached nearly 108,000 in February - marking a 16,700 uptick from January. Although the majority (55,000) were for software and application developers, the postings were also aimed at web developers, systems analysts, systems engineers and support technicians.

Though certain segments saw job declines, including computer and electronics products manufacturing and data processing, Tim Herbert, CompTIA senior vice president of research and market intelligence, explained that this is to be expected. 

"IT occupation data tends to show a higher degree of volatility from month to month," Herbet said in a statement. "In 2016, for example, there were seven months of job gains and five months of job losses. This reflects the normal pattern of labor turnover whereby workers may resign to seek new opportunities, retire or are laid off."

In February, the technology industry grew by 7,300 jobs.