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Tampa leads the state in high-wage STEM jobs. In the past five years, local IT jobs have grown at nearly twice the rate of overall average job growth and are projected to increase by 10 percent over the next five-year period. The region has quickly become a hub for IT companies of all shapes and sizes, and there is still room to grow, which is good because there doesn’t seem to be any slow down any time soon.

The state boasts one of the largest software and computer systems design and integration industries in the U.S. and Tampa has emerged a leader in such specialized areas as cybersecurity and data science.

Tampa ranks first in the state in terms of concentration of .NET developers, data warehousing specialists, and Hadoop developers. Tampa is also first in Florida and tenth in the U.S. for the number of computer network architects employed.

The region is also home to Cyber Florida, a first-of-its-kind, shared resource that aims to make Florida the national leader in the emerging and critical field of cybersecurity. USF is also the first among Florida’s 12 public universities to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

Fast Facts:

  • Tampa #1 best small tech market in North America – CBRE, 2019
  • Tampa among next 10 tech markets to grow – CBRE, 2019
  • Florida among top 5 states dominating tech employment – CompTIA, 2019
  • Tampa area among top 20 tech towns – CompTIA, 2019
  • One of the Top Ten Best American Cities to Work in Tech – SmartAsset
  • Tampa has more high-growth companies per capita than New York City – Inc., 2018
  • The Tampa region holds 20 percent of the state’s IT positions
  • Leading IT jobs: Software Developers and Applications, Computer User Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Leading IT companies: AgileThought, ConnectWise, DAS Health, Drift, Nielsen, ReliaQuest, SunView Software, Sykes Enterprises, Syniverse, Tech Data and Tribridge

“Not only does Tampa have access to students from schools like University of South Florida, University of Tampa and Eckerd College, but in the past five years, tech-related jobs in the Tampa Bay area were up 27.6% and the city has been rated as one of the top places to start a career. We’re excited to capitalize on this pipeline of talent and are committed to investing in the future of the Tampa Bay area.”

– David Cancel, Founder and CEO, Drift

A thriving entrepreneurial scene is also taking shape with a network of incubators and resources working together to provide well-rounded support for homegrown companies.

Florida among top five states dominating tech employment

CompTIA, 2019

Success Story: Drift

Collaboration between the public and private sectors won over Boston-based marketing tech company Drift.

Tampa's Startup Scene

Inc. Magazine: Tampa is emerging as a future destination for startups, not just retirees.

Inc.: Surge Cities

High-profile exits, big name Investors and a field of homegrown startups contributed to Tampa’s move up the list.