month, Economic and Workforce Development Centers of
Excellence for the San Diego-Imperial, San Francisco Bay and
Orange County Regions released their Phase 1 Environmental
Scan on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in
It is available for download at
MPICT and its Advisory
Panel provided significant input into information
gathering, industry validation and framing for the report,
which provides the foundation for valuable Phase 2 and 3
From the Executive Summary:
“The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector
encompasses all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging
computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet,
programming and information systems technologies.
“Employment in ICT occupations spans across industries and
firms of all sizes. ICT represents the cutting edge of
California’s innovation economy. Despite its importance to the
California economy, ICT labor market information has not been
adequately studied. Several factors contribute to the lack of
data, including rapidly changing technologies, inconsistent
use of occupational titles, wide distribution of ICT
occupations across industries and companies, and lack of
widespread acceptance of the term ICT.
“The Centers of Excellence are taking a multi-faceted approach
in studying this important sector of the California economy.
This industry will be studied in three phases, which are
• Phase One: provides an overview of ICT, its key job
functions, and the challenges and opportunities facing the
• Phase Two: will include analysis of the size and scope of
the ICT sector in California and its potential for growth.
• Phase Three: will include a series of regional in-depth
labor market occupational studies including detailed wage
information, growth forecasts, academic program offerings, and
recommendations for community college program development.
“Because of the dynamic nature of the ICT workforce, a
three-part analysis is required to further examine the
industry and its varied occupations. As colleges continue to
monitor their programs, the reports will help to ensure that
these programs are reflecting employer demand.”
MPICT believes that the number of people employed in ICT-related
job functions is significantly under counted in California.
With the quantitative research of Phases 2 and 3, we will be
in a better position to communicate the tremendous strategic
importance of ICT and ICT education to California
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that
employment in computer systems design and related services
will grow nearly 40% and account for almost one-fourth of all
the new jobs created over the next five years.”
Thank you EWD COEs!
We look forward to working with you on the next phases of this
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