Houston Area Ranks No. 2 for Growth in Tech Workers

The Houston area has added roughly 45,000 tech workers since 2010, the second-highest increase among metropolitan areas nationwide.

There are about 220,500 local tech workers overall, ranking No. 8 in the country, according to a story in The Dallas Morning News that cites labor market researcher EMSI and the Dallas Regional Chamber.

The category includes engineers, scientists, technicians, programmers and software developers. The data was from all employers, not just technology companies.

San Francisco-San Jose had the largest jump in tech workers (80,828) and New York has the largest number of tech workers (443,324). Dallas has more tech workers than Houston, but it has seen less growth since 2010.
Many entrepreneurs want to make the Bayou City a hub for technology companies and startups.

Among them is Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of the Houston Technology Center, a technology business incubator and accelerator. He often says that Houston will be as prominent as Silicon Valley and Route 128 in Boston within 10 years.

So Ulrich wasn’t surprised to learn about Houston’s growth in the past five years. He gave two reasons for this rapid increase.

When the energy sector was booming, he said oil and gas companies placed an emphasis on technology. “The energy industry has been driving technology and bringing in technology workers,” Ulrich said.

The other contributor is a network of organizations that have become really good at helping entrepreneurs create new technology businesses. The Houston Technology Center, he said, has seen clients grow from young companies to employing hundreds of people in the past five or six years.