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West Michigan 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 industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation, growing at rate of 18.5%, which is +6.5% than the national average *
  • Low Employment Costs: Average earnings per job in West Michigan's IT industry are $85,692, over $35,000 less than the national average of $120,816*

*Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International. (EMSI)

Top Occupations

Occupation Employed in Industry Group (2016) % of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2016)
Computer Systems Analysts 282 4.1%
Software Developers, Applications 644 9.3%
Computer User Support Specialists 535 7.7%
Customer Service Representatives 495 7.2%
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers 517 7.5%

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 Wage Data, by Occupation (2016)

Occupation Median Hourly Earnings
Computer and Information Systems Managers $45.91
Computer and Information Research Scientists $42.57
Computer Systems Analysts $29.88
Information Security Analysts $37.77
Computer Programmers $30.85
Software Developers, Applications $34.38
Software Developers, Systems Software $38.44
Web Developers $24.20
Database Administrators $35.14
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $31.74

Occupational Program Annual Completions

Program Completions (2015)
Management Science 195
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 134
Computer Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 125
Computer Information Sciences, General 106
Operations Management and Supervision 54

Workforce Growth by Occupation

Occupation 2012 Jobs 2064 Jobs 2064 Jobs
Computer and Information Systems Managers 816 943 16%
Computer and Information Research Scientists 27 30 11%
Computer Systems Analysts 1,029 1,168 14%
Information Security Analysts 119 133 12%
Computer Programmers 596 641 8%
Software Developers, Applications 1,601 1,945 21%
Software Developers, Systems Software 705 829 18%
Web Developers 438 514 17%
Database Administrators 325 370 14%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1,094 1,236 13%

Data reflects the RPI 13-County Region
Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) / www.economicmodeling.com.