Tech Workers are Less Likely to Be Unemployed

Nov 05, 2012 -
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  • Computer and information research scientists: 0.9 percent
  • Network and computer systems administrators: 1.7 percent
  • Chief executives/CIOs: 1.8 percent
  • Computer and information systems managers: 2.2 percent
  • Software developers, applications and systems software: 2.3 percent
  • Database administrators: 3.1 percent
  • Computer systems analysts: 3.8 percent
  • Computer network architects: 4.0 percent
  • Web developers: 4.3 percent
  • Computer programmers: 5.3 percent
  • Computer support specialists: 6.0 percent
Here's where you'll find's full report, which is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What’s more, more than half of CIOs report that it's difficult to find skilled professionals, according to Robert Half Technology. Combine that with the percentages above, and it leads to some pretty strong confirmation if you’re thinking about pursuing a technology-related career. Are you considering a job in the technology sector? Would these percentages sway your decision?

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