The number of IT jobs grew 0.4% last month to 4,838,500, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT and Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry.
On a year-over-year basis, IT
employment has grown by 4.7% since January, 2014, adding 216,800 IT workers.
Engineering job growth strengthened in January, up 0.2% to 2,521,900.
On a year-over-year basis, engineering employment has grown by 1.8% since January of a year ago, adding 43,700 engineering workers.
“In January, IT and engineering employment showed strength as we kicked-off 2015," stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. "Following robust growth in 2014, all indications are that we will have another strong year for IT and engineering employment in 2015."
Roberts went on to say that he is confident demand will remain strong, absent some unusual economic event or "political shock," to the point where an inadequate supply of talent in high demand skill sets will continue to be a challenge.
"Without a significant increase in the availability of talent by growing the
domestic IT and engineering workforce or increasing the availability of high-skilled foreign professionals, all industries dependent on technical talent will continue to be at risk of not having their needs fully met.”