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Utah Computer Training Schools

While Silicon Valley in California is the technology epicenter in the U.S., Utah is quickly becoming a rival. During the past ten years, the "Silicon Slopes" has emerged, a cluster of technology companies in the Provo, Salt Lake City and Provo region that are driving innovation across the industry. Low cost-of-living, an educated workforce, affordable real estate and public transit system have made Utah a new destination for big and small companies alike -- from health tech company, Edwards Lifesciences, to analytics powerhouse, Domo. In turn, Utah has created a diverse technology sector that covers areas such as medical device manufacturing, software development, aerospace products and more.

Computer Science Education in Utah

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
Western Governors University 5 $6,070 N/A
Brigham Young University-Provo 4 $5,300 51.18%
Utah Valley University 4 $5,530 N/A
Weber State University 4 $5,523 N/A
Stevens-Henager College 3 $16,968 N/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Although it's a relatively small state, Utah is home to several nationally recognized universities and colleges, including Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. The universities are known for graduating skilled and prepared students, which is one reason why tech companies are moving into the state. U.S. News & World Report ranked Brigham Young University #66 in its list of the top national universities, while the University of Utah was ranked #115. However, students can also select from a variety of other affordable colleges and universities across the state, including Dixie State University (Saint George), Utah State University (Logan), Utah Valley University (Orem), Westminster College (Salt Lake City).

Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Utah

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth RateStatewide Current Number of Jobs
Computer Network Architects$109,70039.7%800
Computer Network Support Specialists$58,66035.9%1,620
Computer Programmers$80,93021.2%3,700
Computer Systems Analysts$82,90049.5%3,820
Database Administrators$92,64038%920
Information Security Analysts$82,43038.1%350
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$80,74035.5%3,790
Software Developers, Applications$96,79058.7%8,840
Software Developers, Systems Software$105,22042.7%3,050
Web Developers$66,49055.2%2,120
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

In the past ten years, Utah has firmly established itself as an attractive location for technology companies -- established and start-ups alike. Fueled by a strong higher educational system that graduates local talent, a business friendly climate and government-private sector economic partnerships, the Wasatch Front region has emerged as a sister region to Silicon Valley. Containing Provo, Ogden and Salt Lake City -- more than 80 percent of the state's population lives there -- the Wasatch Front is home to companies ranging from Adobe to Microsoft, eBay to Symantec. Yet, the region is not only bringing in established technology companies, it is fostering the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit as well.

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Deloitte, Deloitte Fast 500, http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/Technology-Fast-500-Winners-Brochure.PDF

CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates

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