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Information Technology


From full-service, large-scale managed IT solutions to custom software, online and app development, West Michigan’s industry can build solutions from the ground up. Whether it’s a pure digital solution or developing integrated technology products, our region’s tech companies have the knowledge and resources to make it happen.


The West Michigan IT Advantage

  • High Tech Talent: A tech pipeline fueled by a network of 17 regional colleges and universities
  • Growth Potential: West Michigan's IT industy is one of the fastest growing in the nation, growing at rate of 13.8%, which is +9.4% than the national average *
  • Low Employment Costs: Average earnings per job in West Michigan's IT industry are $74,722, over $30,000 less than the national average of $105,570*
*Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International. (EMSI)


IT Industry Breakdown


Gender
Gender   2014 Percent 
 Male   67.8%
 Female  32.2%

Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)


Age

Age  2014 Percent 
 14-18 Years  0.6%
 19-24 Years  6.2%
 25-34 Years  26.7%
 35-44 Years  28.3%
 45-54 Years  23.8%
 55-64 Years  12%
 65+ Years  2.5%
Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International  (EMSI)


Top Occupations
 Occupation Employed in Industry Group (2014)  % of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2014)
 Computer Systems Analysts 388 4.5%
 Software Developers, Applications 505 5.9%
 Computer User Support Specialists 398 4.7%
 Customer Service Representatives 478 5.6%
 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers 408 4.8%
Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International . (EMSI)


West Michigan IT Workforce Data 


West Michigan's talented IT workforce isn't limited to only technology companies. In fact, we have one of the fastest growing high-tech workforces in the nation, with over 14,000 people working across multiple industries in tech-related positions. 

Workforce Growth, by Occupation (2014)
Occupation 2009 Jobs  2014 Jobs Percentage Change
 Computer and Information Systems Managers 834 960 15%
 Computer and Information Research Scientists 20 23 15%
 Computer Systems Analysts 1,309 1,636 25%
 Information Security Analysts  123 151 23%
 Computer Programmers 946 1,140 21%
 Software Developers, Applications 1,421 1,737 22%
 Software Developers, Systems Software 1,039 1,280 23%
 Web Developers 376 500 33%
 Database Adminstrators  335 390 8%
 Network and Computer Systems Administrators  1,282 1,503 17%
Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International  (EMSI)


Workforce Wage Data, by Occupation (2014)
Occupation  Median Hourly Earnings
 Computer and Information Systems Managers $45.46
 Computer and Information Research Scientists $46.25
 Computer Systems Analysts $35.31
 Information Security Analysts  $36.42
 Computer Programmers $30.97
 Software Developers, Applications $38.35
 Software Developers, Systems Software $41.15
 Web Developers $23.78
 Database Adminstrators  $34.01
 Network and Computer Systems Administrators  $33.07
Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International  (EMSI)


Occupational Program Annual Completions 
 Program  Completions (2013) 
 Management Science 193
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 179
 Computer Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 121
 Computer Information Sciences, General  86
Operations Management and Supervision 56
Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International  (EMSI)


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