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Rhode Island IT Jobs to Increase

Posted on August 6, 2008

Rhode Island IT jobs will continue to grow for the next six years.

In June 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island’s information industry employed 11,000 people, a 4.8 percent increase from last year.

Rhode Island employment as a whole is expected to increase by more than 55,000 jobs through 2014. Employment that year is projected to reach 573,437, an increase of 10.7 percent or 55,292 jobs from 2004.

The information industry includes: producing and distributing information and cultural products, providing the means to transmit or distribute information and cultural products and data or communications and processing data.

According to an article by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the demand for new workers in the industry will continue to grow, resulting in the addition of more than 1,700 jobs. The information industry has a projected growth rate of 16.2 percent, higher than the 10.7 percent growth rate expected for all industries. Employment in the information industry should exceed 12,600 people by 2014.

“Average or above average job growth is projected for the majority of the Information industry subsectors, with the greatest number of jobs occurring in Internet Service Providers (ISP¬ís), Web search portals and data processing services,” the article notes. “Job growth within this subsector is expected to grow at 30 percent. Above average job growth is also expected in telecommunications and the motion picture & sound recording subsector.”

Above average job growth also is expected in the information industry through 2014 for computer systems analysts, computer software engineers, computer and information system managers, computer programmers and computer support specialists. It is expected employers will need to fill more than 500 job openings in these occupations due to industry expansion.

Through 2014, employers in the information industry as a whole will need to fill more than 4,300 job openings, 2,021 due to economic growth and 2,290 because of employee turnover. In 2004, the average annual salary for a worker in the information industry was $59,236.

The fastest-growing jobs in the industry include: computer software engineers, computer systems analysts, retail salespersons, network and computer systems administrators, computer and information systems managers, financial managers, sales representatives of technical and scientific products, computer support specialists and accountants and auditors.

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