When it comes to excitement in IT work, few sectors beat telecommunication for risks, rewards, and action: from web to LAN to mobile/wireless and mass media – largely becoming the exclusive realm of high-tech digital. But the largely IT-based telecom industry has been a rollercoaster for the past decade and getting into this fast-paced sector is an employment minefield.
While the high-tech industry as a whole hasn’t lost jobs as badly as other sectors (TechAmerica’s 12th annual Cyberstates report showed a 0.6% sequential dip in fourth-quarter technology employment in 2008, compared with a 1.3% decline in all private sector jobs), telecom jobs had still declined into the double-digits in some states, while others actually gained into double-digits.
So where are the jobs? Check out the infographic below to see which states gained more IT jobs than they lost in the telecom sector between 2008 and 2009:
To be sure, a lot of the cities that are adding jobs are in unconventional markets for those seeking a future in IT, telecom, or both.
Would you be willing to relocate to, say Wyoming? To Oklahoma? New Hampshire?