Report: Region has 51,000 tech jobs

Central Indiana boasts 50,812 tech jobs, according to a report by Indiana tech-advocacy organization TechPoint, making tech one of the region’s top industries in respect to employment and wages.

Drawing on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, TechPoint’s “2015 State of Tech Talent in Indiana” report said there are 26,000 IT and non-IT positions in the tech industry, as well as 2,400 computer-related sole proprietors or freelancers.

The 50,812 figure also includes more than 22,000 computer jobs outside the tech industry, such as software engineers who work in health care, financial services and other sectors. “We can’t look at tech talent in a vacuum, because so much of the talent is needed outside of the traditional technology industry,” said Sally Reasoner, director of talent initiatives at TechPoint.

The number of central Indiana tech jobs far exceeds the number of life sciences jobs (29,000) and advanced-manufacturing jobs (35,000). But it doesn’t come close to the region’s nearly 93,000 manufacturing jobs or the more than 108,000 health care jobs.

Tech-related jobs pay an average of $76,000 annually—compared with $52,000 for the nearly 59,000 logistics jobs in the area—contributing $127 million a year to state income taxes.

Demand for tech employees is projected to continue to exceed supply. EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development agency, said the region is projected to add 51,500 tech jobs by 2025, but schools are slated to produce only half of the needed credentials and degrees to fill those jobs.•

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