A new survey out this week from AeA, the group formerly known as the American Electronics Association, reports that jobs in the technology industry are growing at a healthy clip, with higher-than-average pay, BusinessWeek reports. The organization’s Cybercities 2008 survey says that 51 cities added high-technology jobs in 2006, the most recent year for which data were available. The survey tracks new jobs related to the creation of tech products, including fields such as chip manufacturing and software engineering. It is the AeA’s first such survey since 2000, which was taken before the crash of the tech bubble that created so many jobs in the late 1990s. And while slowing economic conditions have dulled the pace of growth since the 2006 data were collected, AeA researcher Matthew Kazmierczak says it’s far from turning south. The AeA’s findings jibe with what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says on the subject of technology jobs: More than 850,000 IT jobs will be added during the 10-year period ending in 2016, which would be a rise of 24 percent. Add all the jobs that will replace retiring workers, and the total increase could be a tidy 1.6 million…

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