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IBM is one technology company in Baton Rouge that hires software developers. 

A biennial report that measures the economic impact of the software industry across the U.S. found that Louisiana stood out for double-digit job growth between 2016 and 2018 and was No. 10 in the nation for that metric.

Louisiana's software industry grew to 13,609 jobs last year up from 11,694 jobs, an increase of 16.4% overall, according to Software.org: the BSA Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization. 

In the report, software jobs were compiled from several different industry classification codes including software publishers, computer systems design and related services, data processing, hosting and related services and internet publishing and web services. It includes workers for companies from manufacturing to health care. 

The total number of direct and indirect jobs created by the software industry in Louisiana grew by 22% between 2016 and 2018 to 29,031 jobs. That's faster than the national average of 7.3% during the same time frame. The average salary for computer and mathematical occupation jobs in Louisiana is $66,800 compared to the state average for all jobs of $42,660. The average salary for software application developers in the state is $81,640. 

The Louisiana software industry was estimated to account for $2.2 billion in gross domestic product across the state in 2018, up from $1.8 billion in 2016. About $39 million was estimated as how much research and development investment stemmed from software companies in the state - roughly 17% of all business research and development in Louisiana, according to data compiled from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau and the Business R&D Innovation Survey.

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Email Kristen Mosbrucker at kmosbrucker@theadvocate.com.