Wisconsin adds 4,500 tech jobs in 2018
Sector generates about $21.5 billion

Freeman Staff

March 27, 2019

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MADISON — Technology is not the way of the future — it’s the here and now. And Wisconsin is doing well attracting employees to fill technology-related employment.

According to Cyberstates 2019T, a guide to tech sector and workforce analytics published by CompTIA, Wisconsin added more about 4,546 jobs in 2018.

Since 2010 net tech employment has grown by more than 35,600 new jobs in Wisconsin. With a total nearing 215,000 tech workers in the state, the sector accounts for approximately 7.1 percent of the Wisconsin workforce, according to the Tuesday announcement. The tech sector also has an estimated direct economic impact of $21.5 billion, or about 7.2 percent of Wisconsin’s total economy.

“Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across Wisconsin, especially when you consider the hundreds of thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, Comp-TIA, in a statement.

In addition, Wisconsin had a 92 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and blockchain.

Cyberstates projects the base of tech occupation employment — a subset of net tech employment — will grow by 2.2 percent in Wisconsin by 2026.

Retirements will add even more pressure to meet the need for tech talent.

“The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, in a statement. “As digitalhuman models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges — and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.”