Top 20 metro areas with high demand for information technology students

by Josh Bays, on Apr 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In order to effectively train the next generation of workers, post-secondary education institutions are developing new programs that target the skills companies are seeking.

The career college sector, which experienced a decline in growth in recent years due to regulatory hurdles,ITComputer_80503651sm is starting to regain momentum. Site Selection Group has been active in the sector by advising schools on where to locate new campuses, as well as which programs to offer based on employment demands.

“Education institutions that are able to continually develop specialized programs to target the needs of the end user will be in a better position to be sustainable,” said Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group. 

One of the fastest-growing industries is information technology, and companies are in desperate need of workers with IT skills, including network administration, computer programming, database administration and computer engineering. The list below shows the metropolitan areas that had more than 500 graduates in either computer and information sciences or computer engineering last year, but still had additional entry-level jobs that were not filled by talent from local educational institutions.

Top 20 Metro Areas with High Demand for Information Technology Students

MSA State Graduating
in IT
Additional Available
Entry-Level Jobs
New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA 7,374 18,657
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA 4,943 10,203
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV 7,568 9,005
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 2,663 8,694
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 1,773 8,624
Boston-Cambridge-Newton MA-NH 3,284 8,394
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA 1,382 8,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI 5,436 7,937
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX 1,469 6,461
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,541 6,134
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA 2,781 6,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA 3,334 5,668
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI 2,476 3,862
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI 1,591 3,736
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO 1,335 3,631
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL 2,742 3,125
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ 2,322 3,005
Austin-Round Rock TX 740 2,963
San Diego-Carlsbad CA 2,019 2,889
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA 665 2,849



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