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Tampa leads the state in high-wage STEM jobs and is quickly becoming a hub for IT companies of all shapes and sizes. Tampa continues to outpace tech talent in job creation. Of the city’s total labor concentration, 3.9 percent of jobs are tech jobs, according to CBRE’s 2020 Tech Talent Analyzer, falling in line with New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. By 2025, tech jobs in Tampa Bay are projected to grow by +8.5%, outpacing the national average by 2%.
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.
- Key tech occupations in Tampa saw double-digit growth (23%) between 2015-2020
- Tampa’s tech talent is projected to grow 8.5% by 2025
- Florida among top 5 states dominating tech job postings – CompTIA, 2021
- Florida had the second highest tech job postings between Dec 2020 and Jan 2021 – CompTIA, 2021
- Tampa Bay voted among the best places in the nation to work in tech – SmartAsset 2020
- 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, Greenway Health, Nielsen, OPSWAT, ReliaQuest, SunView Software, Sykes Enterprises, Syniverse
“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.
Tampa #1 emerging tech city in the U.S.
Forbes Technology Council, 2021