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Report: Houston Losing Tech Jobs, But Outlook Positive

The numbers may not account for some jobs in the energy industry.

Houston has been working on improving its startup ecosystem and is developing an innovation hub, called “Ion,” on the site of the former Midtown Sears building.

A new report by tech trade association CompTIA says Houston is losing tech jobs, even as the city has been working hard to improve its standing as a tech innovation hub.

From 2017 to 2018, Greater Houston lost about 2,300 tech jobs — more than any other metro area analyzed.

The vast majority of cities gained jobs in the tech industry, including the other major Texas metros.

But these numbers don’t tell the whole story, said Gaby Rowe, president and CEO of the startup support organization Station Houston.

Many oil and gas companies are no longer labeling some jobs as “tech” jobs, she said. They are now simply part of operations.

“It moves someone, say, to the lubricant side that is actually working on tech, but it no longer calls them a tech position and instead classifies them as upstream,” Rowe said. “Then they fall off on those numbers.”

A better indicator is the number of tech job postings in Houston, she said, which went up by 140 percent last year, “and that sounds a lot more like what we’re seeing.”

In total, there were more than 62,000 tech job postings last year.

Rowe said another good sign is the increase in median wages for these jobs in Houston, which pay more here than in the nation as a whole. The median wage for a tech job in Houston is $86,700, compared to $81,900 nationally, according to CompTIA.

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