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CBRE: Boston 6th in Annual Tech Talent Report

Boston has ranked sixth overall on CBRE’s 2021 Scoring Tech Talent report. The report comes as North American tech-talent employment weathered the pandemic better than most other professions, according to CBRE.

Boston benefits from a large number of universities and top-tier research institutions, producing one of the most well-educated workforces in the nation. The region produced the fourth most tech graduates in North America with 12,183 tech degree graduates in 2019, an 80 percent increase over the previous five years.

During COVID-19, a number of indicators underscored the resilience of tech talent, reports CBRE. These occupations registered job growth of 0.8% in 2020 in the U.S. while non-tech occupations declined by 5.5%. Software developers and programmers were the most in demand tech-job category last year, adding 85,000 U.S. jobs for a 4.8% growth rate from a year earlier.

According to CBRE’s report, total tech talent of 168,090 employed in Boston grew by 7.2 percent over past five years (2015-20).


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About David Cohen

David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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