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An unnecessary path to tech: A Bachelor's degree

Patrick Thibodeau | April 15, 2014
New York report highlights the size of the non-degreed tech workforce in the city

Overall, the report found that nearly 300,000 people in New York are employed in the tech ecosystem. That includes people with technical skills who work in non-tech industries, such as health care, financial services, and retail.

Citi, which along with Google, were among the groups backing the report, directly employs nearly 17,000 people in New York City, of which 1,860 were part of tech ecosystem as defined by the study.

The study's assessment of education needs also matches national trends. Web developers, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only require associate's degree, but earn $62,500.

Computer support specialist don't necessarily need a post-secondary degree, and pay ranges from $46,400 to nearly $60,000 for computer network support specialists, according to federal data.

Employment of computer support specialists -- 722,500 in 2012 -- is expected to grow 17% to 845,000 jobs by 2020, according to government data.


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