While the employment opportunities available within the energy industry in Texas have garnered a great deal of attention, a recent report has found that technology jobs are also growing at a surprisingly fast rate in Texas.
The news about the growth in technology jobs in Texas became apparent after Dice.com, which is a technology job search website, created a list of those states with the fastest-growing percentage of jobs within the technology sector. The final list was compiled after looking at the percentage growth within the technology field over the first half of 2013.
Texas, which has seen its technology jobs increase by 3.2 percent over the first half of 2013, was ranked fourth on the list of states with the fastest-growing number of technology jobs in the country. New Jersey took the top position in the Dice report, followed by Massachusetts and Missouri. The rate of growth among technology jobs in Texas is significantly faster than the state's private sector employment growth, which was at 1.6 percent during the same time period.
The growth within the technology field can be attributed to a number of factors. According to the Dice report, the growth has been largely spurred by the significant growth experience within the health care technology field in Houston, financial institutions in Dallas and software companies in Austin.
A similar report released by the TechAmerica Foundation ranked Texas as the state with the second most jobs in the high-tech field. The report also found that Texas ranked second in employment within the Internet and telecommunication services industry as well as second in engineering services employment. The Lone Star State also ranked second in the area of semiconductor manufacturing employment and third in employment within the computer systems design and related services industry.