Job Front: Demand grows for tech jobs in online postings

Published: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 - 6:16 am

The numbers of Sacramento online employment ads continued to climb in June and local tech hiring also appeared to be on the upswing, according to the state's latest look at area jobs posts.

Sacramento-area online job ads cleared the 30,000-mark in June for the first time in a year, according to June's Help Wanted Online report from the state's Employment Development Department, outpacing the number of unemployed in the region by more than 5,000.

Sutter Health, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente continued their reign atop the list of employers with the most online job postings in the report released Thursday.

But demand appears to be growing at technology firms, with Intel nudging its way into third place, ahead of Kaiser Permanente, with 375 job ads.

Hewlett-Packard followed Kaiser in fifth, with 173 job ads, while tech consulting firm Volt Information Sciences Inc. came in seventh with 156 posts.

And tech occupations continue to be in demand. Computer systems analysts, with 654 postings, trailed only registered nurses and retail salespeople as jobs with the most ads.

Also in the top 10 were computer user support specialists and applications developers, with nearly 1,000 ads between them.

The Sacramento report runs counter to more downbeat national news out of the tech sector from Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Challenger reported sharp increases in tech job cuts in the first half of the year on what it said were shifting trends in computer and IT industries.

In a recent report, Challenger CEO John A. Challenger said those shifting trends have compelled companies to streamline and restructure their operations and organizations.

But Challenger added, "These workers' skills are in demand, particularly those experienced in data analytics, cloud computing, systems architecture, information security and software engineering."

Job Corps ready to help

The Labor Department's Job Corps program is accepting applications at its education and training centers, including in Sacramento.

Eligible teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 can receive hands-on training in more than 100 career fields and education toward a high school diploma, credentials and preparation for a career.

Eligible low-income students can receive room and board, mentoring and counseling services, and a living allowance.

The Sacramento Job Corps Center is at 3100 Meadowview Road in Sacramento.

The phone number is (916) 394-0770.

To learn about the Job Corps program, or to contact a center, call (800) 733- 5627 or visit Job Corps online at or

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Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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