Careers in Technology

Summary
ITCND, in cooperation with industry stakeholders, implements the IT Career Awareness Program. The purpose of the program is to address current and future information technology workforce needs. Objectives are to inform students, parents and educators of IT career opportunities in North Dakota; to encourage students to enroll in IT-related classes and degree programs at the secondary and post-secondary education levels; and to develop a world-class IT workforce for the future.

Background
Information technology is one of the state’s top five growth industries. Coordinated workforce development efforts are needed to attract, retain and expand the state’s IT talent to meet employment and business growth opportunities.

With the growing economy, workforce continues to be the primary challenge for the IT industry. According to Job Service North Dakota, the state has seen an increase of nearly 20 percent in IT occupations over the past decade and is projecting a 45 percent increase for the next decade. Between 2012 and 2022, it is estimated more than 2,700 new and replacement IT positions will be needed in North Dakota.

Growth in the industry will create the need for nearly 1,550 employees to fill new positions, and the remaining positions will be replacements. With the state IT industry currently employing 5,960 North Dakotans, this projected growth means replacement and new positions will equal 45% of the state’s current IT workforce. The average annual wage for IT positions in North Dakota is $60,750, which is 36% higher than the state average.

Program Status
The program is in its seventh year of implementation through a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. Nearly 10,000 students in more than 20 communities statewide have been reached with IT career information. Activities include classroom presentations, industry tours and career fairs, as well as collaboration with Marketplace for Kids and Junior Achievement. Scholarships are also awarded annually to the winners of statewide SkillsUSA IT competitions.

Program partners
Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck State College, Dakota Carrier Network, Discovery Benefits, Evolution1, First International Bank & Trust, MDU Resources Group, Microsoft Fargo, National Information Solutions Cooperative and North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

Impact on North Dakota’s economy

  • North Dakota’s IT industry injected $1.4 billion million in pay into the state’s economy in 2013. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • North Dakota’s IT industry contributed approximately $2.5 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2013. (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

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For more information and partnership opportunities
Contact Deana Wiese, ITCND executive director, at (701) 355-4458 or office@itcnd.org for additional information.