Ten Fastest-Growing States for Tech Jobs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-20-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Ten Fastest-Growing States for Tech Jobs

    The state with the most IT job growth over the past six months has approached a double-digit percentage—and beats the No. 2 state on the list by nearly 3%.
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    California
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    California

    Tech jobs growth rate: 3.04%. Cool Fact: If you can make it here in IT, you can make … a fortune: Two out of every five billionaires who made the most recent "100 Richest in Tech" list from Forbes live in the Golden State.
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    Oregon

    Tech jobs growth rate: 3.42%. Cool Fact: Ever wonder who came up with the term "Silicon Forest" to describe the state's thriving tech economy? It was Lattice Semiconductor, which trademarked the phrase in 1984.
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    Maryland

    Tech jobs growth rate: 3.45%. Cool Fact: VariQ Corp., a cyber-security company, recently announced it will relocate to larger space in Rockville, Md., and add 250 jobs over the next five years, more than doubling its workforce.
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    New York

    Tech jobs growth rate: 3.58%. Cool Fact: In New York City, the high-tech industry overall has seen 33% in annual jobs growth—four times as much as overall employment growth in the Big Apple.
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    Massachusetts

    Tech jobs growth rate: 3.75%. Cool Fact: Launched via a state-MIT led partnership, the recently announced Integrated Photonics Institute in Manufacturing Innovation will seek to boost photonics deployment to benefit robotics, cyber-security and advanced manufacturing. Photonics refers to the generating, controlling and detecting of photons, which are particles of light.
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    Florida

    Tech jobs growth rate: 4.27%. Cool Fact: Earlier this year, Pluralsight acquired Orlando-based Code School, which offers instructional courses/videos to developers, for $36 million.
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    Michigan

    Tech jobs growth rate: 4.47%. Cool Fact: Recently launched, Michipreneur.com provides a new platform for entrepreneurs to share updates and resources in hopes of expanding business opportunities in the state.
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    Nebraska

    Tech jobs growth rate: 5.22%. Cool Fact: Seeking to aggressively increase IT commerce –especially the building of data centers—the Nebraska Advantage program offers companies investment credits, wage credits, customized job training and other benefits.
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    Utah

    Tech jobs growth rate: 5.75%. Cool Fact: In the fall, the Utah Technology Council will induct Sen. Orrin G. Hatch into its Hall of Fame, citing his work on patent reform and the "I-Squared" bill to raise the visa cap on highly skilled, international tech professionals seeking to work for U.S. companies.
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    Minnesota

    Tech jobs growth rate: 8.36%. Cool Fact: An estimated 40 different tech ventures in the state received $72 million in investment capital in the second quarter of 2015.
 

If you're a CIO in the No. 1 state for tech-employment growth, you're not working anywhere near California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas or any of the other usual suspect states that show up on this type of list. Instead, "Go Midwest, young man," as the top state is actually not on the coast but in the heart of the country, according to a recent ranking released by Dice.com. Yes, California, New York and Massachusetts (but not Texas) made the top 10. However, the state with the most IT job growth over the past six months has approached a double-digit percentage—and beats the No. 2 state on the list (Utah) by nearly 3%. Beyond the numbers, however, we're presenting snapshots of various developments which speak to the considerable level of tech activity in each state. These developments include acquisitions, company expansions, public-private partnerships and state economic initiatives. (And we've also included an astonishing finding about the abundance of tech-made billionaires in California.) Dice.com based its findings from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Here are the top states for tech opportunities, starting at No. 10.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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