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Is Houston the Next Silicon Valley?

Posted by Emily Minnis on Oct 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In IT, Candidate

Houston is the home of NASA, and houses the largest medical facility in the world. Recently, Houston is becoming popular as the second U.S. city with the highest net employment in technology jobs. It followed California, the home of Silicon Valley, which has consistent increases in technology employment, newly created technology-related businesses, and technology advancements.

From 2017 to 2018, the number of Houston's tech jobs jumped from 2,088 to 5,001an increase of 140%, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) report.

Leading Opportunities

The three leading technology professions in the Houston area are software/web developers, cybersecurity analysts, and computer support specialists. On the other hand, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (a network of physical objects with embedded microchips, sensors, and communication tools linking people and machines to the internet) comprise Houston's emerging tech jobs.

The CompTIA report also mentioned an "intersection," where tech sector jobs and tech opportunities in other industries overlap. This means that, apart from increasing job demands within tech, industries outside of it, such as financial services and healthcare, also have more jobs available that need technology expertise. This overlap provides higher chances for professional growth as businesses build their technology workforce, so they can advance their systems and processes.

Professional Appeal to Tech Workforce

There are many draws to working in the field of technology. One, technology job positions have above average salaries. And two, as technology touches almost every aspect of life, it offers growth opportunities with its ever-changing innovation landscape.

Houston provides considerable incentives to those interested in having tech jobs in the area. The median tech salary there is $86,716that's 93% higher than state-wide average wages. Research and development, IT services, telecommunications, and technology manufacturing are sectors with the highest-paying tech specialties in Houston.

To foster growth among tech professionals and provide resources for those who'd like to participate in the innovation economy, Houston also built an innovation hub where people can network and collaborate: a 270,000 square foot facility called The Ion. This hub envisions to be a central location where investors can learn, meet, and support Houston's group of technology innovators and startups. The Ion also brings Houston's entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities together through collaborative spaces and support programs throughout the stages of the innovation life cycle.

 

Do you want a new challenge working in technology? Or are you ready for a change and begin a profession in technology? Infinity Consulting Solutions' (ICS) experienced recruiters are committed to helping you identify the perfect positions for you. ICS has established relationships with a variety of companies, and we can guide you during the application process. Contact us today to take the first step in making your goals a reality!

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