Tech-related employment in Arizona increased by more than 5,100 new jobs in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates 2019, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.

Net tech employment grew by an estimated 5,127 jobs in 2018, a 2.2 percent increase over 2017.1 Since 2010 net tech employment has grown by an estimated 39,400 new jobs. With more than 241,600 workers, tech accounts for approximately 8.1 percent of Arizona’s workforce.

The tech sector has an estimated direct economic impact of $31.3 billion, or about 10.5 percent of Arizona’s total economy.

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

The outlook for future employment growth remains positive. Arizona saw a 174 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 10.8 percent in Arizona 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. “As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.”

More from Cyberstates

• Arizona ranks 18th nationwide in net tech employment; 17th in net tech jobs added last year; and 20th in the Cyberstates Innovation Score, which consider venture capital investments, tech startups, new business formations and other factors.

• Tech occupations that experienced year over year growth in Arizona included software and web developers (+ 4.6 percent); computer system and information security analysts (+ 4.4 percent) and network architects, administrators and support specialists (+ 2.5 percent).

• The median tech occupation is $79,096; 94 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.