Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and Digital Media

Illustration of 3 workers in information & communication technology & digital media

Technology is a part of nearly every part of our lives, so occupations in this sector vary from computer programming to IT support to cybersecurity to video game design. A career in ICT & digital media calls people to use their creativity to code the latest cutting-edge computer program, launch the newest top trending app or design the next iconic logo.

Why It’s Important to San Diego

San Diego County has deep and growing roots as a technology hub supported by our region’s research universities. Qualcomm, which is the world’s largest chipmaker, is based here. Similarly, San Diego is home to several video game studios like SIE San Diego, which creates MLB The Show games, and Rockstar San Diego, which led the creation of Red Dead Redemption.

38,317

People Employed

2%

of all San Diego County jobs

1,976

Number of Businesses

Subsectors

  • Computer system design & programming
  • Data services
  • Graphic & web design
  • Hardware & computer facilities support
  • Software publishing


The following three sections are available as interactive charts on desktop and tablet devices.

Sector Job Growth 

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What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector? 

Hover over the bars to see RIASEC interests and typical training and experience, then visit Career Coach to learn more about any of the occupations below.

  • Software Developers, Applications: 5,218
  • Software Developers, Systems Software: 2,489
  • Computer Programmers: 2,414
  • Computer Systems Analysts: 2,248
  • Computer Occupations, All Other: 1,999
  • Sales Representatives, Services, All Other: 1,696
  • Computer User Support Specialists: 1,643
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: 1,489
  • Web Developers: 1,124
  • General and Operations Managers: 880



How Do I Start My Career in ICT & Digital Media?

Do Some Research

  • Use Career Coach to explore which occupations align with your interests, get a behind-the-scenes peek at careers and discover local companies.
  • Look up the CompTIA Career Roadmap to explore job paths in IT.

Expand Your Network

  • Use social media tools like LinkedIn to network with professionals and request informational interviews to ask people about their career path, education and job responsibilities. Check out this video for help getting started. 
  • Explore the local tech-focused groups at sdtechscene.org and attend events

Get Hands-on Experience

  • This sector has a lot of free, high quality resources to build new skills

Get Training

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Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 – economicmodeling.com