Massachusetts is home to a diverse technology ecosystem and is one of the country's leaders in the information economy. In an effort to expand the state's technology footprint, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) developed a collaborative plan to create 100,000 new technology jobs by 2020. Supported by government, academic and business leaders, the plan focused on investment, infrastructure, innovation and talent.
The latest report shows Massachusetts has generated approximately 17,650 new jobs between 2010 and 2013 (the latest figures available) and by the end of 2013, the state had more than 214,000 technology jobs and 8.63 percent increase since the project started in 2010. According to MassTLC's latest report in 2015, tech is the state's largest industry, employing 19.2 percent of the workforce and producing $160 billion in economic output.
Computer science education in Massachusetts
|Institution Name||No. of Computer Science Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees||Admission Rate|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||3||$46,994||48.44%|
|University of Massachusetts-Lowell||3||$14,307||60.57%|
|University of Massachusetts-Boston||3||$13,435||68.52%|
One of the biggest factors in advancing the knowledge-based economy is building job-ready talent at all levels. Academia, public and private interests are collaborating to improve access to training programs at the postsecondary level, particularly for underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Research from the Donohue Institute at the University of Massachusetts found that IT professionals are more likely to have bachelor's and master's degrees than those working in other industries. Yet, there exists broad opportunity for workers with varying levels of educational attainment in the IT industry in Massachusetts. In 2009 the Donohue Institute estimated there were approximately 60,000 individuals in the IT industry in the state that have an associate degree or less.
Prospective students can select from 67 different colleges and universities in the state (public, private, and for-profit) that offer computer science-related degree programs. There are 27 two- and four-year public programs, 36 private two- and four-year programs, and four for-profit two- and four-year programs.
The most common areas of interest included computer and information sciences, computer science, computer systems networking and telecommunications, computer information technology management, information technology and computer software and media applications.
Tech industry and career outlook in Massachusetts
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$116,540||8.9%||4,500|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$81,620||5.7%||3,540|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$93,030||17.5%||16,530|
|Information Security Analysts||$106,520||17.4%||2,680|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$90,340||6.5%||9,870|
|Software Developers, Applications||$108,680||14.7%||27,570|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$114,900||9.9%||27,710|
As a growing tech hub, Massachusetts has launched a number of efforts to develop homegrown talent, attractive new investments, and foster a business friendly environment for technology companies. MassChallenge (the largest start-up accelerator program in the country), Greentown Labs and Venture Development Center are just three of the groups investing in and supporting technology start-up companies.
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