High Tech

The local technology industry, as defined by the sub-industries Computer Systems Design, Software Publishers, and Data Processing/Hosting, is projected to grow by 14%+ over the next five years, and is expected to add nearly 5,000 new jobs. Each of the occupations mentioned below will have at least 50 annual openings per year, and there are local training programs at the community college and university level that lead to relevant credentials in each job category.

Largely, opportunities for those new to the field require a post-secondary certification at a minimum, likely an Associate’s degree. If not pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from the outset, most new IT/Software industry workers will start in a technical support capacity, often not within the defined cluster. But further credentialing can lead to movement into and within the cluster. There are various short-term trainings that can help people learn new platforms or programming languages to maintain skill relevance in a quickly changing field.

A map of the geographic distribution of high tech companies in the region is included in the appendix.


High Tech Target Occupations:

Entry-Level Occupations

Middle and High-Level Occupations

Computer Support Specialist

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Data Entry Keyers

Computer Hardware Engineers

Computer Programmers

Computer Software Engineers

Computer Systems Analysts

Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts



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