A new report from Illinois-based tech industry association CompTIA says tech-related employment in Indiana grew by nearly 2 percent in 2018. The Cyberstates 2019 report says Indiana added more than 3,400 tech jobs last year and the tech sector had an estimated $16 billion impact to the state's economy.

The report says Indiana ranks 21st nationwide in net tech employment. The state has nearly 185,000 tech workers, which represents nearly 6 percent of Indiana's total workforce.

"Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across Indiana, especially when you consider the thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer of CompTIA.

Cyberstates says the outlook for employment growth within Indiana's tech sector remains positive with the state seeing an 85 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and blockchain. The report projects the base of tech occupation employment will grow by 7.6 percent by 2026.

"The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future," said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. "As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow."

The report adds the median tech occupation wage in Indiana is $64,850, which is 73 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations throughout the state. 

You can connect to the full Cyberstates 2019 report, including a breakdown for Indiana, by clicking here.