Patrick Brogan

From Wall Street to Main Street, the broadband industry plays a critical role in American life. By both creating new jobs and simplifying the job-search process, broadband has had a positive impact on employment for Americans nationwide.

The tremendous capital investment in network infrastructure has generated thousands of jobs in both the information and communications technology (ICT) and non-ICT industries. The data demonstrates broadband’s status as a source of inspiration that can help drive U.S. innovation, competitiveness and prosperity even through challenging economic times.

On an individual level, broadband has facilitated the average job search. Access to job listings, the resume submission process, and comparative salary analysis are just a few examples of the information-exchange broadband provides.

Broadband-Enabled Jobs

Industry Statistic Source
Employment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industries and ICT-Related Occupations in Non-ICT Industries (millions of jobs) 10.8 million Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS
ICT Industries 6.3 million Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS
Broadband Industries – Wireline, Cable, Wireless, Reseller, Satellite 910 thousand Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS
Other Industries 5.4 million Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS
ICT-Related Occupations in Non-ICT Industries 4.5 Million Mid-2010 USTeelcom, BLS

Detailed Breakout:  Jobs – USNon-Farm Wage Salary Employment 2010

Broadband and ICT Mean Wage Comparison

Industry Statistic Source
ICT Industries (6.3 million jobs) 52% over national average Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS
Broadband Industries (91,000 jobs) 33% over national average Mid-2010 USTelecom, BLS

Telecommunications Industry Jobs, Mean Wages, and % Over National Average Wage, 2010

Telecom Industry Jobs Mean Wage % Over National Mean
Wired (Wirline & Cable) 612,000 $28.55 34%
Wireline (’10 Est. Range) ~432,000 – 455,000±
(71% – 74%)
~$31± ~44% – 45%
Cable (’10 Est. Range) ~157,000 – 180,000±
(26% – 29%)
~$23± ~5% – 6%
Wireless 170,000 $27.17 27%
Reseller and Other 117,000 $29.74 40%
Satellite 11,000 $31.72 48%
Total Telecom 910,000 $28,48** 33%

Wireline employs approximately half of telecom sector employees and wages are ~45% above average.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and USTelecom Analysis.  The data are based on BLS Occupational Employment Statistics surveys and are not ideally suited for time series comparisons.  However, we used 2007 data to make certain estimates for 2010. In particular, as of 2008, BLS reports wireline telecommunications and cable operators on a combined basis. Therefore we can only estimate the 2010 employees and wages for the two subsectors; and we do so based on the approximate proportions of employees (76% wireline telecom, 24% cable) and hourly wages ($28.71 wireline telecom, $21.05 cable) in 2007, the last year in which they were reported separately.  We ran scenarios  in which wireline telecom retains the same or a smaller share of employees relative to cable and the rest of the telecom industry. * Excludes Cable Programming employees. ** Weighted average by employees

Jobs – Employment Analysis Methodology