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Texas Computer Training Schools

By size, the tech industry in Texas is second nationally, employing more than 580,000 people in 2014, according to CompTIA's 2015 report, Cyberstates. By speed, the tech industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the country, adding 20,100 positions in 2014 -- lagging only behind California. State leaders have long recognized the potential and demand for developing and nurturing new investments in technology (and the jobs it brings).

For the past eleven years, the technology and information industry has been part of the state's Industry Cluster, an economic development strategy focused around a collection of six industries that offer the most growth opportunities. The state is home to a who's who of technology leaders across business sectors, from software development to security, databases to networking. Industry leaders, such as Google, Oracle, Cisco, Symantec, Amazon and Verizon all have a major presence in the state. In fact, AT&T (Dallas), Dell (Round Rock) and BMC Software (Houston) -- three technology giants -- have headquarters in the state.

Computer science education in Texas

The growth of the tech industry depends on developing and training a highly educated workforce. Texas is home to several of the country's top ranked computer science programs, including five ranked in the top 100, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to academic leaders, such as the University of Texas, prospective students can select from more than 160 public and private institutions to complete their education in a tech-related program of study.

Institution

Count

Public, 4-Year

38

Private, 4-Year

31

Private, For-Profit

29

Public, 2-Year

63

Private, 2-Year

3

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

As a field of study, IT and computer science has surged in popularity in the past decade. For example, between 2008 and 2013, public universities in Texas graduated more than 36,000 students with IT-related degrees. In 2013 alone, more than 18,000 students completed computer science-related programs across the state. The table below provides a breakdown of computer and information science academic awards conferred to students in Texas in the 2012-2013 school year according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Academic Award

2012-2013 Graduates

Associate degree

4,660

Bachelor's degree

4,444

Master's degree

3,446

Award of less than 1 academic year

3,078

Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years

2,176

Doctoral degree

200

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Of degrees conferred in 2012-2013, the most popular areas of study in the information and computer science field included the following:

Area of Study

Associate

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Grand Total

Computer and Information Sciences

991

2,315

1,724

142

5,172

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

1,810

82

2

1,894

Information Science/Studies

34

280

1,084

8

1,406

Computer Science

144

522

452

50

1,168

Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management

496

205

57

758

System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management

367

46

413

Computer Software and Media Applications

98

214

13

325

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2015

As noted above, some of the top computer science programs can be found at universities throughout the state. In its most recent rankings of graduate programs in computer science, U.S. News & World Report included seven Texas universities on it list:

  • #9 - University of Texas - Austin
  • #20 - Rice University
  • #40 - Texas A&M University
  • #70 - University of Texas - Dallas
  • #90 - University of Texas - Arlington
  • #101 - University of Houston
  • #112 - Southern Methodist University

Additionally, the state's academic institutions are heavily invested in IT- and computer science-research and -- in 2014 -- Texas ranked 4th nationally for computer science-related research and development according to the National Science Foundation. The list below details the top five universities per research and development spending in FY2013, the most recent year data is available:

  1. University of Texas - Austin: $81.6 million
  2. University of Texas - Dallas: $8.3 million
  3. Rice University: $7.6 million
  4. University of Texas at El Paso: $7.2 million
  5. Texas A&M University: $5.4 million

Computer science school spotlight

University of Texas (Austin)


The University of Texas is the flagship university of the University of Texas System and is one of the largest postsecondary institutions in the country with more than 50,000 students and more than 24,000 staff and faculty members. Situated on a 434-acre campus, the university offers academic programs through its 18 various schools and colleges. The university garners regular acclaim as a top university, evidenced by its appearance on annual rankings lists:

  • Best-Value Public Colleges (#14), Kiplinger, 2015
  • Top Public Schools, National Universities (#17), U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • Best Value Colleges (#19), Forbes, 2014
  • Best Global Universities (#30), U.S. News & World Report, 2014
  • World University Rankings (#28), Times Higher Education, 2014-2015

The Department of Computer Science is also highly ranked, recognized as having at top-ten graduate program according to U.S. News and World Report. The department is housed centrally at the heart of campus in The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, a 234,000 square foot facility. The complex contains 60 faculty offices, office space for 350 graduate students, a 200-seart lecture hall, 10 seminar rooms, 24 discussion rooms and 20,000 square feet of laboratory space.

Undergraduate students can select from five degree programs, while graduate students may pursue both master's and doctoral degree options. Faculty members conduct research in a variety of areas, ranging from scientific computing to model driven engineering, artificial intelligence to computational biology.

Program recognition

U.S. News & World Report - Best Graduate Program in Computer Science - #9

  • #7 - Artificial Intelligence
  • #8 - Programming Language
  • #8 - Systems
  • #10 - Theory

Tech industry and career outlook in Texas

According to the Texas Economic Development Corporation, more than 30 of Silicon Valley's top companies either have headquarters or a major corporate presence in Texas, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin regions. These areas are becoming known as the Silicon Prairie (Dallas-Fort Worth) and Silicon Hills (Austin).

Dallas-Fort Worth

Austin

Intuit

Informatica

Oracle

Brocade

Brocade

Intel

Polycom

Synopsys

Yahoo

Spansion

NVIDIA

Sunpower

Symantec

Ebay

HP

Apple

Equininx

VMWare

As a mini-Silicon Valley, Austin is quickly drawing attention from entrepreneurs and tech start-ups alike. In 2014, five companies in Austin landed in the top 200 of Deloitte's Fast 500 Ranking, a ranking of the country's fastest growing technology companies. In all, eight tech companies in Texas made the top 200.

Rank

Company

Location

Primary Industry

4

Phunware

Austin

Software

69

Q1Media

Austin

Internet

104

Nexgen

Laredo

Software

135

Geoforce

Coppell

Software

160

One Source Networks

Austin

Networking

181

Kinnser Software

Austin

Software

186

Bazaarvoice, Inc.

Austin

Internet

194

Lone Star Analysis

Addison

Software

Source: Deloitte, Fast 500, 2014

Overall, Texas has the country's second largest technology sectors (581,000 jobs) and provides a diverse array of career options for prospective computer programming and computer science graduates. Data from CompTIA shows there are over 32,000 technology companies in Texas that have a total payroll exceeding $56 billion annually. Nearly 6 percent (5.8%) of the state's economy comes from the tech industry and leading sectors by employment include the following:

  • IT Services (142,600)
  • Engineering Services (108,500)
  • Telecommunications (88,300)
  • Research and Development (36,600)
  • Internet Services (34,800)

As a hub for the technology industry, Texas has invested heavily to improve diversify and attract investments in emerging sectors, including data centers and cloud services. For example, the Texas Economic Development Corporation has announced the addition of the following data centers during the past two years:

  • Patronus Data Center ($250 million) - Frisco
  • Microsoft ($80 million) - San Antonio
  • Novartis ($35 million) - Fort Worth
  • Data Foundry ($35 million) - Houston

The efforts have paid off as the state is currently the largest employer for cloud services and data centers, with more than 30,000 workers across 730 companies. In addition to cloud computing and data centers, other leading occupational categories include Computer User Support (55,800 jobs); Computer Systems Analysis (48,100); Software Development (83,000); and Network Administration (33,400). At the individual level, Texas is one of the top-employing locations for a number of central technology positions:

  • Computer Network Support Specialists - #1
  • Computer User Support Specialists - #2
  • Computer Systems Analysts - #2
  • Computer Programmers - #2
  • Database Administrators - #2
  • Web Developers - #3
  • Network Architects - #3
  • Information Security Analysts - #3

A further review of BLSemployment data reveals the top opportunities in the tech sector in Texas include Computer Systems Analysts (31.6 percent growth); followed by Computer User Support Specialists (26.9 percent) and Computer Hardware Engineers (24 percent). Overall, seven technology occupations are expected to see gains of 20 percent or more between 2012 and 2022.

Occupation

Total Employed

Average Salary

Job Growth

Computer Systems Analysts

51,700

$89,080

31.6%

Computer User Support Specialists

58,360

$50,170

26.9%

Computer Hardware Engineers

7,440

$103,060

24.0%

Computer and Information Systems Managers

19,570

$138,720

23.9%

Computer and Information Research Scientists

990

$117,370

23.6%

Computer Network Architects

11,180

$104,880

21.5%

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

33,820

$83,450

21.5%

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

2,190

$77,600

18.0%

Computer Occupations, All Other

14,000

$87,370

16.7%

Computer Network Support Specialists

19,870

$68,070

13.6%

Computer Programmers

23,060

$80,810

12.0%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Top Metro Employment Centers for Computer Programmers in Texas

Metropolitan Region

Total Employed

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

8,910

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

4,700

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

3,350

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

1,810

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

1,390

Lubbock, TX

250

El Paso, TX

240

Amarillo, TX

240

Waco, TX

130

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

130

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

120

Longview, TX

80

Corpus Christi, TX

70

Laredo, TX

70

Midland, TX

70

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

60

Tyler, TX

60

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

60

Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR

40

Abilene, TX

40

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Sources

Deloitte, Deloitte Fast 500, http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-fast500-2014-ranking-list.pdf
CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates
Projections Central, Texas , http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
Inc., 2014 5000, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/tx/
Inc., Inc. 5000, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2014/facts-and-figures.html
National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter
National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
US News and World Review, Best Computer Science Graduate Programs, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings
University of Texas, Facts and Figures, http://www.utexas.edu/about/facts-and-figures
US News and World Review, University of Texas, Austin, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/the-university-of-texas-at-austin-228778/overall-rankings
State of Texas, 2015 IT Services Industry Report, http://gov.texas.gov/files/ecodev/IT_Report.pdf

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