That’s more than Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Nashville, Omaha, Las Vegas, Des Moines, Boulder, every other metro in Florida, and half the states in the nation. And a third of our tech workforce arrived over the last seven years, making us one of the country’s fastest-growing tech hubs.
Which begs the question: Why is so much US tech talent choosing Tampa Bay?
Is it the average annual temperature of 73.35°F? Is it the seemingly endless coastline? Is it the active lifestyle? Of course that is part of the story; however, we would agree that living anywhere in Florida is a pleasure.
So, why is so much US tech talent choosing Tampa Bay over other places in Florida?
Might it be that Tampa Bay is more densely populated with tech talent than other Florida markets? Might it be that Tampa Bay is growing its tech workforce faster than other markets in Florida? Might it be that Tampa Bay is the state’s leading employer in two of tech’s hottest jobs: cybersecurity and network architecture? All of these are true, yet maybe not the entire story. There is one factor that may rise above all others in attracting tech talent…
Tampa Bay’s tech is as diverse as its people.
Tampa Bay is one of the top two markets most demographically similar to the US. And our tech workforce is just as diverse, with an abundance of career opportunities across disciplines and industries.
What industries, exactly, with examples?
Consulting & Professional Services: Accenture, A-LIGN, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, Convergence Consulting Group, Chasm Communications, Deloitte, Holland & Knight, Identity Fusion, KForce, LivingHR, RIDG, RSM, Simply Axiom, SourceTek, Staffometry, Stonehenge Capital, TeleVoIPs, The PraxsysGroup, Tribridge, Valet Living and Wolters Kluwer.
Cybersecurity: Abacode, CheckPoint, Ivanti, KnowBe4, LogRhythm, Malwarebytes, Optiv, ReliaQuest, Splunk and the SSL Store.
Education: BICSI, Bisk Education, ISC(2), Florida Polytechnic University, Keiser University, Lighthouse Academies, New Horizons, South University, St. Leo University, St. Petersburg College, Tampa Prep, The Iron Yard, Ultimate Medical Academy, University of Tampa, University of South Florida and Vector Solutions.
Finance: American Express, AON, Arbitration Forum, Bond-Pro, Fintech, Jackson Hewitt, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York Life, PSCU, Raymond James, UPC Insurance and Wellcare.
Government & NGO: British Consulate, City of Largo, City of St. Petersburg, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Geographic Solutions, Panther International, Tampa Bay Water, Tampa Bay WaVE and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.
Hardware/Logistics/Managed Services: CDW, CenturyLink Business, CIO Technology Solutions, Dobler Consulting, Forsythe, Hivelocity, IT Authorities, Jagged Peak, Nutanix, Peak10, Red Hat, Tech Data, Technology Integration Group, Urban E Recycling and Vology.
Healthcare & Bio-Life Sciences: Cardinal Solutions, CareSync, Empath Health, Healthesystems, Health Plan Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Pilgrim Quality Solutions and Skynet Healthcare Technologies.
Marketing: Catalina, GSP, Nielsen, Triad Retail Media and Valpak.
Retail and Manufacturing: Ashley Homestore, Bealls, Bloomin’ Brands, Gerdau, Goodwill Industries of the Suncoast, HSN, Melitta, PODS, Publix, Rooms To Go, Superior Uniform and Tampa Bay Lightning.
So, why is so much US tech talent choosing Tampa Bay?
Silicon Valley is the leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Washington, D.C. is the leader in defense technologies.
Boston is the leader in biotech and life sciences.
Tampa Bay is the leader in tech diversity.
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum Team: Jill Pearson & Daniel James Scott