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ICT Environmental Scan Phase 1 Complete

This 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 California.

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 additions.

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 described below.

• Phase One: provides an overview of ICT, its key job functions, and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

• 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 stakeholders.

“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 effort!



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