San Antonio computes 80 percent growth in tech jobs from 2021-2022
San Antonio’s stature as a hub for cybersecurity is boosting its profile as a hub for tech employment.
A new report from Dice, an online platform for tech professionals, shows San Antonio ranked sixth among major U.S. cities for the growth of tech job postings from the first half of 2021 to the first half of 2022. San Antonio registered an increase of 80 percent.
At No. 5, Houston was one notch above San Antonio, with an 83 percent growth rate for tech job postings. Dallas appeared at No. 15 on the list, recording a 58 percent growth rate for tech job postings. Austin failed to make the top 25 in this category.
Orlando, Florida, topped the list, boasting a 111 percent growth rate for tech job postings.
Dice notes that Austin and Dallas sometimes overshadow San Antonio in terms of tech employment. But it emphasizes San Antonio’s increasing importance as a hub for cybersecurity innovation.
A report from Tech Bloc, a citywide initiative aimed at growing San Antonio’s tech sector, shows the local IT industry generates an annual economic impact of nearly $11 billion, up 27 percent from 2010. Meanwhile, the number of IT companies in San Antonio jumped 36 percent from 2015 to 2020.
Much of that growth is being driven by the cybersecurity sector. San Antonio is home to more cybersecurity professionals than anyplace else in the U.S. other than Washington, D.C. Thus, San Antonio has adopted the identity of “America’s Cyber City.”
“The alignment of education, industry, and government within cybersecurity, and the ability to collaborate across these sectors, presents the city’s most significant opportunity for industry development,” Business Facilities magazine observed in 2020.
Business Facilities traces the roots of San Antonio’s cybersecurity presence to 1948, when the Air Force established its Security Service operations in Alamo City.
“To further develop San Antonio’s cybersecurity dominance, we’re focused on talent development tailored to industry needs in the cybersecurity industry,” Tom Long, managing director of the greater:SATX economic partnership, told the magazine. “It’s a strategy gaining attention and investment from cybersecurity operations large and small, as well as large corporations with significant internal cybersecurity hub operations.”