State’s job board sets record on tech employment

jobs available in New YorkThe state's online job posting service is setting records, including thousands of tech-related openings.

Tech-based jobs rule the roost on New York State’s Jobs Express website, an online resource looking to connect the unemployed with companies in search of fresh blood.

According to the state, the Jobs Express site has set a new record with over 115,000 private-sector positions listed – and a healthy portion of those jobs are technology-related, falling into categories such as “Computer and Mathematical,” “Healthcare Technical” and “Healthcare Support.”

The Jobs Express site (www.jobs.ny.gov) sorts private-sector job listings, submitted directly to the state by the companies themselves, by job type and region, allowing users to search by ZIP code and other factors, such as the distance they can travel for work.

The Long Island Region, covering Nassau and Suffolk counties, is one of 10 state regions listed on the site, including the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley Region and others. Since available jobs are often listed in more than one category – the same nursing jobs, for instance, regularly fall into both the “Healthcare Technical” and “Healthcare Support” categories – it’s difficult to say how many actual Long Island job openings are included on the site. But at first glance there appear to be thousands – and that’s just in the tech-related fields.

According to the site, there are 911 job openings in Long Island’s “Computer and Mathematical” category alone. But searchers should beware: Depending on the travel radius they input, the “Long Island” listings can include jobs in New York City and even northern New Jersey. But there are still plenty of Island-based tech openings to peruse – an IT analyst in Holtsville, a software engineer in Bethpage and a “core technician” in Hicksville among them.

Among the over 1,100 “Healthcare Support” openings listed in the Long Island Region: a medical technologist in Mineola, a lab technician in Oceanside and a pharmacy technician in West Islip.

Tech-related jobs also abound in other Long Island categories, including “Architecture and Engineering” (mechanical engineers), “Art, Design, Sports and Media” (social media directors), “Business and Financial Operations” (informatics consultants) and “Production” (manufacturing technicians).

All told, the Long Island region ranks second in the number of private-sector jobs listed (13,302), trailing only New York City (45,035). The Hudson Valley Region (12,504) ranks third, while the Mohawk Valley Region – spanning Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties – trails the field with 2,820 jobs listed.

According to the state, the 115,00-plus jobs listed on the Jobs Express site as of April 17 set a new monthly record and reflect an improving state economy, which in March incuded over 7.75 million private-sector jobs, also a record.