IT & ICT
The term “information and communication technologies (ICT) sector” is synonymous with the term “information technology (IT) cluster” used in the Department of Education career clusters reporting. Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella or catch-all term to encompass everything related to computing, software, information, networking and communications technologies.
If it has or uses software controlled electronic circuitry or is a technology that helps people or devices communicate with each other, it's ICT.
The ICT sector is a major industry cluster in California
- About 46,000 companies, 4% of all companies (1 in 28 companies), which ranks 12th among California industries by firm counts.
- Almost $172 billion, or 6% of total California private sector revenues (1 in every $17.50 in private sector revenues), which ranks 6th among California industries by revenues.
- About a million California workers, 4% of the total state workforce (1 in 17 jobs), which ranks 12th among California industries by employee counts.
- About $76 billion, or 12% of private sector wages ($1 of every $8.61 in private sector wages), which ranks 2nd among California private industries by total wages paid. Wages per employee about twice the state average.
- Significant job growth approaching 20% for ICT industries from 2006 to 2016, outpacing the nation.
- Higher concentrations of ICT firms and employment in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay regions, as well as Orange and San Diego Counties.
- ICT industries are clearly a major driver of the California economy, representing a significant percentage of its businesses, revenue, employment, and total wages.