A report by the Commerce Department‘s Economics and Statistics Administration says data analysis and processing jobs in both the private and public sectors are growing in importance to the U.S. economy.
ESA said in its report published March 12 that 2013 data shows 10.3 million data-centered jobs in the business, computer and mathematical fields.
Private-sector data workers also earn an average of $40.30 per hour and saw 1.8 million new jobs over the past decade, which ESA said accounts for 31 percent of total job growth in the private sector.
The report noted that the highest concentration of data-intensive industries are located in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington.
According to ESA, the emerging economic value of data occupations also comes with continued investments in information processing technologies.