Atlanta’s Tech Boom Making a Big Impact on Local Job Growth and Wages

By Shekinah Harper,Editorial Intern

As the need for technology increases, so does the need for those who work in the technical field.  Over the past three years, Atlanta has become one of the top emerging tech hubs in the U.S., adding more than 8,000 technology jobs from 2010 to 2013, a 9 percent increase.

New research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI) demonstartes the multiplier effect of technology jobs, meaning they lead to more high-wage jobs in other occupations and industries. The analysis uses EMSI’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers

According to Chief Technology Officer for CareerBuilder Eric Presley, since 2010 new technology jobs have resulted in the addition of thousands of other jobs in the metro area in everything from business and financial operation to sales, production, transportation and health care.

Using an input-output method, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialist Intl (EMSI) were able to determine how the addition of jobs in a technology-related industry in the Atlanta metro influences job creation in other industries and pay levels. For example:

The creation of 100 jobs in Software Publishing, an industry with average earnings of $140,304, can lead to the addition of 503 jobs in other industries. The average earnings for the new jobs would be $61,488.* Below is a sample of occupations that would be created as a result of 100 jobs being added in Software Publishing:

  • 78 jobs in Sales and Related Occupations
  • 86 jobs in Office and Administrative Support
  • 55 jobs in Business and Financial Operations
  • 51 jobs in Management Occupations
  • 31 jobs in Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Health Care Support Occupations
  • 34 jobs in Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupation

The creation of 100 jobs in Computer Systems Design Services, an industry with average earnings of $101,564, can lead to the addition of 151 jobs in other industries. The average earnings for the new jobs would be $64,908.

The creation of 100 jobs in Custom Computer Programmingan industry with average earnings of $100,152, can lead to the addition of 133 jobs in other industries. The average earnings for the new jobs would be $65,993.

For a list of companies hiring for technology positions in the Atlanta area, visit the CareerBuilder website www.careerbuilder.com.

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