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.
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
|Institution Name||No. of Computer Science Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees||Admission Rate|
|St. Mary's University||5||$28,200||77.66%|
|Northwest Vista College||3||$5,824||N/A|
|ITT Technical Institute-San Antonio||3||N/A||N/A|
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.
Tech Industries and Career Outlook in Texas
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$116,470||21.9%||11,330|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$71,940||19.5%||18,510|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$96,190||32.1%||58,610|
|Information Security Analysts||$94,970||31.2%||7,210|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$91,340||20.7%||32,150|
|Software Developers, Applications||$107,280||27.4%||49,560|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$111,040||23.3%||33,330|
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.
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