Tech industry in Utah and Texas fosters job growth

March 9, 2015

While Silicon Valley, California, has the sterling reputation, tech engineers and IT managers are thriving in cities all over the country. The emergence of a many different kinds of workplace technologies has bolstered the demand for tech-savvy employees who can manage the back end of a business and let sales and marketing focus on their own jobs.

The recent upswing of the U.S. economy has encouraged entrepreneurs to give their startup ideas a try. The financial vitality has also made investors more willing to take a chance on a new idea. As a result, the tech scenes in Utah and Texas, among other states, are rising quickly.

Utah cities show promise in tech
In a recent report by The Brookings Institution on cities that create the most tech jobs, Provo, Utah, ranked 12th, followed by Ogden, Utah, at 14th and Salt Lake City at 15th, according to the Deseret News.

The publication noted that Utah County is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the country. The Brookings report noted that advanced industries in Provo employed 25,090 full-time workers in 2013 at an average salary of $71,000 per year.

The institution added that advanced industry jobs will create a number of high-paying tech employment opportunities going forward.

“They are industries that we can have long term economic competitiveness in,” Scott Andes, a senior policy analyst for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, told the publication. “They pay twice as much as the average job and our research showed that almost half of advanced industry jobs are accessible to people with less than a bachelor’s degree.”

Texas startups fuel tech scene
Tech startups are bringing entrepreneurs, investors and plenty of jobs to the Dallas area, GeekWire reported. Trey Bowles, CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, told the news outlet that there has been a wave of business activity over the past 18 months.

Daniel Oney, a business network manager for the city of Dallas, cited a key business decision by Boeing as a motivating factor. In 2001, when the airline moved from its headquarters in Seattle, it considered Dallas as a new home, but ultimately passed and went to Chicago. True or not, he said the story helped foster the current environment in downtown Dallas.

“The central city attracts a lot of young people who are self-conscious about wanting to create a startup,” Oney told the news outlet. “It’s been gradual, but it’s one of those things that creeps along slowly and then grows exponentially.”