Although it's a small state, Delaware's technology industry is anything but small. In fact, the state ranks second nationally for growth in information technology between 2013 and 2014, according to CompTIA's 2015 report, Cyberstates. Tech sector companies are being started and incubated in the state, and other established companies are moving to cities including Newark and Wilmington.
The influx of capital, strong educational institutions, and a business friendly climate has led to strong wages and employment gains in the industry. In addition to employment growth, Delaware also ranks 12th nationally for the total percentage of tech workers (6.2 percent of workforce); 11th nationally in wages (tech workers take home 92.9 percent more than private sector workers); and 5th nationally for the number of tech establishments in private industry (8.1 percent).
Wages are up (3.8 percent growth) and job outlook is bright. That means Delaware is an attractive option for students considering completing a degree program in computer science.
Computer Science Education in Delaware
Prospective computer science and computer training school students can select between 10 different educational institutions at the public and private, two- and four-year level to complete their education in the state of Delaware.
For example, students can complete their education at Delaware State University, the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. The table below includes an overview of the different type of computer science degree programs available at each institution.
Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Delaware
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate|
|Computer Network Architects||$126,990||8.8%|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$60,840||11.9%|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$96,460||7.7%|
|Information Security Analysts||$106,780||31.7%|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$80,990||3.7%|
|Software Developers, Applications||$106,730||31.4%|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||N/A||14.5%|
The country's first state is quickly emerging as a leader in the tech scene with cities such as Newark and Wilmington becoming tech hubs. Newark, anchored by the University of Delaware, is home to Delaware Technology Park (DTP), a collaboration between the University, private sector businesses and government. This research park provides a selection of resources and funding to start-up companies working in renewable energy, information technology, advanced materials and life sciences. Since its founding in 1992, more than 80 companies have called the DTP home. Current companies at the DTP include:
- EM Photonics - Computer hardware engineering working in image processing and scientific computing
- Quantum Leap Innovations Inc. - Advanced analytics and decision making software
- ET International - High performance computing
In Wilmington, the start-up tech scene is thriving supporting entrepreneurs through the Delaware Tech Meet-up, a regular gathering where companies can share ideas, demonstrate products and get support. Delaware State University has broken ground on its Optical Science Center for Applied Research, a building that will house an optical science program with research laboratories. Overall, Delaware has created a robust, tech-friendly climate.
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