Tennessee is joining the list of states across the country investing in information technology, developing a new business sector to attract new businesses and create jobs. For example Nashville is emerging as a tech hot spot. In September 2014, Google announced Nashville would be one of the first seven cities joining the Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network. This program connects emerging tech hubs with Google resources. Nashville Tech Council has launched the T3 Initiative, a collaborative that joins businesses and local schools to create ensure workers are developing the types of tech skills needed in the community. Other cities, such as Chattanooga, are also investing, with the city known for having the best broadband infrastructure in the country.
What do these developments mean for prospective computer science students? The growing tech industry, coupled with a diversity of educational choices positions them for future career success in occupations throughout the industry -- from hardware engineering to software development, research and development to biotechnology.
Computer Science Education in Tennessee
|Institution Name||No. of Computer Science Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees||Admission Rate|
|Trevecca Nazarene University||3||$24,624||72.27%|
|Middle Tennessee State University||3||$8,280||68.61%|
|University of Phoenix-Tennessee||3||N/A||N/A|
Prospective computer science students can student at major research universities and smaller, but still regionally ranked universities in the state of Tennessee.
Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Tennessee
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$99,210||24.8%||1,530|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$59,110||16.2%||2,670|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$75,030||31%||9,440|
|Information Security Analysts||$82,720||36.4%||840|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$81,020||18.9%||6,090|
|Software Developers, Applications||$87,580||27.1%||4,840|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$88,910||27.5%||2,610|
Tennessee continues to foster growth in high-tech industries, evidenced by the work of local groups such as the Nashville Technology Council. The NTC is working to promote the development of the technology community in the middle of the state. The efforts are paying off as the state sees an emerging technology industry emerge. For example, the state has served as an attractive region for software development and IT services.
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