Cyberstates Report: Virginia Has Nation's Highest Concentration of Tech Workers

TechAmerica Foundation recently released its Cyberstates 2011: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Tech Industry report, detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages and other key economic factors.

Virginia continues to be the national leader in high-tech employment concentration, with 9.8 percent of its private-sector workforce in the tech industry. The average wage for these jobs is $95,900 – more than twice as much as the average private-sector job in the state. Virginia ranks fourth in total number of high-tech employment with 277,600 workers, surpassing Florida this year, and fourth in total high-tech payroll ($26.6 billion). The Commonwealth's largest high-tech sector is computer systems design and related services, which employs 138,800 workers and added 900 jobs in 2010. Virginia ranks second nationwide in this employment category, after California. The state also gained more than 1,600 jobs in the research and development (R&D) and testing labs sector. For more information about Virginia's rankings, click here.

TechAmerica Foundation also released a midyear jobs report for 2011 based on a different monthly data set from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2011 midyear report may be downloaded at no cost and the Cyberstates 2011 report may be purchased for $150 at www.techamericafoundation.org/cyberstates.