Geographic Information for Common Computer and Information Technology Professions

 

While you might think knowing geographic information about computer science occupations is not important, you would be surprised at how much you can learn from analyzing these statistics. For instance, not all states offer their employees the same income, so you should weigh the average wages in each state with the cost of living in that area. And by researching states that have a high concentration and overall level of employees, you can predict how easily you will find work and how many other people you can expect to meet who have your same career and interests.

Computer Programmers

The states that employ the most computer programmers are California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Florida – all states with high overall populations. Another way to measure which states employ a lot of people in computer-related professions, however, is to measure their location quotient. The term “location quotient” refers to the concentration of a particular profession, or the number of people employed in one profession per 1,000 jobs. The states with the highest location quotient of computer programmers are Washington, Utah, Delaware, Illinois, and New Jersey. The metropolitan area with the highest location quotients of programmers are Jefferson City, Missouri; San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; Bloomington, Illinois; and Provo, Utah. The states that offer the highest income to programmers are Washington (with an average annual salary of $93,380), the District of Columbia ($90,960), Colorado ($89,030), Maryland ($87,600), and California ($87,160).

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

The states that employ the most people in this profession are California, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The states with the highest location quotients are Virginia, the District of Columbia, Vermont, Nebraska, and Colorado. The cities with the highest location quotients are Olympia, Washington; Washington, D.C.; Boulder, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; Omaha, Nebraska; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; San Jose, California; Kansas City, Missouri; and Lincoln, Nebraska. The states where you will make the highest income as a network and computer system administrator are Washington, D.C. {$88,470), Virginia ($87,880), Maryland ($86,530), Connecticut ($85,670), and New Jersey ($84,910). Because the Virginia/D.C. area makes all of these lists, it would be safe bet that if you worked in that region you could both make a sizeable income, meet a lot of other computer programmers, and more easily find work.

Computer User Support Specialists

The states that employ the most support specialists are California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The states with the highest location quotient are the District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Utah. The cities with the highest location quotients are Durham, North Carolina; Boulder, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; Burlington, Vermont; San Jose, California; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Auburn, Alabama; Framingham, Massachusetts; Fargo, North Dakota; and Madison, Wisconsin. The states that offer the highest incomes to user support specialists are the District of Columbia ($65,250), Connecticut ($59,960), Massachusetts ($58,970), California ($56,600), and Colorado ($54,590). Because California is on all of these lists, you could expect to work in the state (particularly San Jose) and both make a higher-than-average income and more easily find work due to a higher-than-average concentration of jobs.

Sources:

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151131.htm

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151151.htm

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