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IT Industry Outlook Positive for 2014

With a wealth of technologies available and ever-increasing job opportunities sprouting in the field, the IT industry is expected to grow in 2014. According to a release from CompTIA, the global forecast is projected to experience a growth rate of 3.4 percent, with an upside potential of 5.9 percent. While the U.S. forecast is slightly lower at 3 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, the numbers still represent positive change for the sector.

Tim Herbert, vice president of research at CompTIA, said the continuously changing field of IT presents opportunities for continued employment.

"The importance of technology to business success has never been greater as IT continues to transition from supporting tool to a strategic driver," Herbert said in the statement.

Increased interest on the part of individuals and companies in large technologies such as cloud computing, mobile apps and big data have helped facilitate this projected increase, Herbert said. CompTIA compiled a list of IT trends to watch out for in the upcoming year, including the continued embrace of technology as a staple to everyday living, the introduction of diverse devices driving the market and examining IT channel trends and their impact on the field.

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