May 10, 2024, Downers Grove, IL

National new job postings for tech occupations reached 209,000 in May 2024, an increase of nearly 27,000 from April. It is the highest total since June 2023, according to CompTIA’s “Tech Jobs Report.” In total there were almost 427,000 active tech job postings in the nation last month. The steady ascent of job postings for AI occupations or positions requiring AI skills has continued, totaling more than 26,000 and accounting for 12% of all tech openings.

The unemployment rate for tech occupations dropped to 2.5%, well below the national rate of 4%. Technology occupations throughout the economy declined by 42,000, less than 1% of the total base of tech occupation employment of almost 6.4 million.

“The jump in tech job postings is an encouraging indicator more employers are coming off the sidelines,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer, CompTIA. “It may reflect pent up demand for the tech talent companies will need to support digital growth initiatives.”

Several tech occupation categories saw double-digit increases in job postings in May, including data scientists (+24%), database administrators (18%), software developers (+17%), web developers (15%), network architects (12%) and tech support specialists (+10%).

CompTIA’s new report also shows that 45% of all active tech job postings in May 2024 did not specify that candidates have a four-year degree, signaling that employers are widening their search for tech talent. Some essential tech positions had even higher percentages, such as network support specialists (86%), IT support specialists (72%), network and systems administrators (54%) and programmers (50%).

The “CompTIA Tech Jobs Report” is available at

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the leading information technology (IT) certification and training body. It is headquartered in the Chicago area. CompTIA is a mission-driven organization committed to unlocking the potential of every student, career changer or professional seeking to begin or advance in a technology career. Millions of current and aspiring technology workers around the world rely on CompTIA for the training, education and professional certifications that give them the confidence and skills to work in tech.

In December 2022, CompTIA acquired TestOut Corporation, an ed tech company once headquartered in Pleasant Grove, Utah. CompTIA's Utah employees now work out of Kiln Lehi. 

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