Not only did the market bounce back in October, it bounced back higher than the norm. Looking at the year 2012 so far, the monthly IT job growth rate has averaged 9,670 jobs. October's gain of 12,500 IT jobs exceeds that average by nearly 3,000 jobs, Foote noted.
"So this was not just a reversal of September's dip but a big statement that demand for IT professionals is unquestioned," Foote concluded. "This is a strong and sustained trend that is impervious to the occasional market hiccup."
Another organization, TechAmerica Foundation, recently noted similar signs of sustained health in the IT jobs sector.
TechAmerica tallied job growth in the first half of 2012 in four high-tech job sectors: software services, which added 50,800 jobs between January and June 2012; engineering and tech services, which added 49,900 jobs; technology manufacturing, which gained 9,200 jobs; and communications services, which lost 10,700 jobs.
Overall, three of the four high-tech job sectors analyzed by TechAmerica Foundation saw positive job growth in the first half of 2012, amounting to nearly 100,000 new jobs for the tech industry.
Ann Bednarz covers IT careers, outsourcing and Internet culture for Network World. Follow Ann on Twitter at @annbednarz and check out her blog, Occupational Hazards. Her email address is email@example.com.
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