Tampa ranks in top 10 U.S. markets in tech talent growth and “brain gain”


July 27, 2021



CBRE released its latest Scoring Tech Talent report with Tampa receiving several notable accolades, including in the areas of tech talent growth and population gain among millennials. Tampa ranks ninth among U.S. markets in tech talent growth over a five-year span, increasing 23.5% from 2016 – 2020.

Tampa was also one of only 16 markets in the report and one of only nine in the U.S. to have a positive “brain gain,” which according to the report, illustrates that Tampa acts as a job creator, supplying jobs to tech workers that could not find employment in their metro of origin.

Another highlight for Tampa was its score for attracting millennials, a generation that represents the majority of the tech talent sector. Among all U.S. markets, Tampa ranked 8th in percentage gain of millennials, seeing a 14.5% increase since 2014. The pandemic has accelerated migration trends in Sun Belt markets, and as the report states, this growth is likely to continue and will provide talent for the Tampa tech industry for years to come.

Overall, the Tampa region landed at number 33 on the Scoring Tech Talent report, just behind Orlando in the number 32 spot. South Florida and Jacksonville rounded out the other Florida regions in the top 50, ranking number 37 and 46, respectively.

More details about Tampa’s tech talent score are available here or check out the full report.

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