There has been a lot of news lately surrounding the technology sector, and in Detroit specifically.
Companies have been putting increased resources into keeping up with ever-changing technology trends not only to stay relevant but also to get ahead of their competitors, which means there is a greatly increased need for employees in the tech field.
Here is what’s been trending in the technology and IT industries in regards to job seeking and hiring. If you’re looking for a job in these industries, check out the Urban Science IT Career Fair on June 20th – details at the end of the post!
Detroit: The Next Tech Hub
Within the last few years, many technology companies have been moving into the Motor City. Twitter just opened a sales office in the Madison Building this past April, Google has had two Detroit-area offices (in Birmingham and Ann Arbor) since 2007, and Pandora Media (of internet radio fame) has also opened an office in the area to service automotive clients.
There are also many new technology start-ups putting roots down in Detroit. These include all the projects supported by the Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), currently investing in over 30 Detroit start-ups in the technology, social media, and software development sectors, several of which also inhabit the Madison Building.
Much of the growth is due to two things. During the recession a few years ago, Detroit was hit very hard, much harder than the rest of the United States, which has inspired rebuilding and revitalization efforts that much more. And of course, Detroit is also the automotive hub of the world, which has begun to invest in projects such as mobile software, internet marketing, and cloud computing, opening tons of technology jobs in the area.
There is so much growth in Detroit that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently announced plans to open its first satellite office in the city to service the high number of patent filings from the area.
To encourage talent to come work in the great city of Detroit, Quicken Loans, DVP, and other Detroit companies recently pushed an initiative to get former Yahoo employees to come to Detroit in response to the company’s announcement of laying off over 2,000 employees. The website, powered by hiredMYway.com, received over 750 applications. Read more about this initiative here.
Top Jobs in Tech
So which specific jobs are growing the fastest in tech?
Here are the current top 7 fastest-growing tech jobs, and their estimated 10-year job growth (data projected for 2008-2018).
Software Developer (10-year job growth: 32%)
Information Technology Consultant (10-year job growth: 20%)
Database Administrator (10-year job growth: 20%)
IT Business Analyst (10-year job growth: 20%)
Software Development Test Engineer (10-year job growth: 13%)
Systems Administrator (10-year job growth: 23%)
Web Developer (10-year job growth: 13%)
If you are currently looking for jobs in technology, Urban Science is holding a technology career fair on June 20th from 5 – 8 PM at the Detroit Renaissance Center.
Urban Science, located in Detroit, delivers advanced consulting and software solutions to help automotive clients increase market share and boost profitability. They use scientific analysis, process-optimizing software, and experienced consultants to help automotive manufacturers better evaluate, structure, and manage their dealer networks and marketing programs.
Urban Science is looking for candidates to fill positions as IT developers, IT operations, quality assurance, business analysts, account managers, project managers, data administrators, and architects. View all their current openings here!
For tip on preparing for and attending a career fair, check out our blog How to Stand Out a Career Fair!
Do you have a job in technology? Do you have any advice for those going into technology careers? Let us know in the comments below!
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