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High Demand Sector: Information Technology

Industry Profile: Information Technology

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) states that this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing expertise in the field of information technologies through one or more of the following activities: (1) writing, modifying, testing, and supporting software to meet the needs of a particular customer; (2) planning and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication technologies; (3) on-site management and operation of clients' computer systems and/or data processing facilities; and (4) other professional and technical computer related advice and services.

Relevant Industry Data:
Supply is higher than the National Average for Information Technology Occupations in the District. An average area the size of the District would have 24,564 employees. There are 51,902 employees in DC. This higher than expected supply may make it easier to find candidates. The gap between expected and actual employment is expected to remain roughly the same over the next 5 years.

  • The number of unique Job Postings in the past 12 months was 49,293.
  • Jobs in this industry can be found in Federal Government Civilian (32.7%), Computer Systems Design and Related Services (24%), Management, and Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (6.6%).
  • The median compensation is $55.10 per hour, 17% higher than the National median wage of $47.00 per hour.
  • 32.6% of high demand Information Technology jobs in the District are held by females.
  • 54.3% of high demand Information Technology jobs in the District are held by racial minorities.
  • 80.3% of high demand Information Technology jobs in the District are held by individuals ages 25-54.

*The data provided in the section above is derived from the Lightcast Occupations Snapshot Report for the District of Columbia, and is based on 17 occupations all in Job Zones 1-5.

The top 10 employers for the Information Technology industry within the last 12 months are: Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, Leidos, Randstad, Guidehouse, Georgetown University, SAIC, United States Government, CyberCoders and Accenture.

Mayors 2023 to 2028 Comeback Plan: Occupations within this industry align with the Technology (e.g., Cybersecurity, AI) Industry outlined within the Mayors Comeback Plan.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares secondary and post-secondary adult students which aligns this industry with their Information Technology Industry.

Wage and Unique Postings information captured in the chart reflects August 2023 Lightcast Occupations Report data and will be updated annually.

Click on the links below to view the Career Pathway Maps and High-Demand Occupations for the Information Technology Industry:

IT Computer Suport Career Pathways Final.pdf
IT Web Developer Career Pathways Final.pdf
High Demand Occupations List FY2024.pdf