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The Place to Be for IT

In Detroit, manufacturing has gone high-tech. The Detroit Region is an IT hotbed, where the convergence of automotive manufacturing and software development is creating an environment where the IT sector thrives. Since 2009, IT job growth has outpaced the nation and the region is poised to continue this pace into 2025. The region’s highly recruited, educated, and skilled workforce helps businesses succeed. Each year, a few thousand computer science professionals graduate with certificates and degree from the many institutions throughout the region. These emerging professionals, employees, and businesses in the Detroit Region have access to the region’s unique local resources and support.

Since 2009, IT job growth in the Detroit Region has outpaced the nation by industry and occupation.

In the Detroit Region, nearly 63,000 individuals work in the IT Industry, which includes equipment and component manufacturing, software publishing, telecommunications, and other information services. Employment in the industry since 2009 has grown faster in Michigan and the Detroit Region than in the nation overall. The graphs below depict regional employment growth as the percent change each year from 2009.

Industry Growth 2009-2015By occupation, job growth in the Detroit Region has outpaced the state of Michigan and the nation since 2009. More than 94,000 individuals in the region are IT professionals as software developers, computer user support specialists, computer systems analysts, graphic designers, and computer-controlled machine operators. Source: EMSI

Occupation Growth 2009-2015Within the Detroit Region, Oakland County leads IT sector employment growth by occupation, followed by Wayne County. Between 2014 and 2015, the region added over 4,000 jobs in all counties. Employment in the following occupations increased more than 30% between 2009 and 2015: computer-controlled machine tool operators and programmers, architectural and engineering managers, and software developers. Growth is expected to continue through 2025. Source: EMSI

Top 5 Fastest Growing Occupations, 2014-2015

Occupation2014 Jobs2015 JobsChange% Change
Graphic Designers3,1593,61145214%
Multimedia Artists and Animators1872092212%
Computer Hardware Engineers6847557110%
Web Developers1,3571,4651088%
Software Developers, Applications10,52111,1456246%
Source: EMSI

Top 10 Largest IT Companies in the Detroit Region, 2014

CompanyLocationRevenue ($000,000)
Syntel Inc.Troy911.4
Compuware Corp.Detroit700.0
Logicalis Inc.Farmington Hills630.0
ProQuest LLCAnn Arbor559.0
MSX International Inc.Detroit497.0
Tata Technologies Ltd.Novi424.0
RevSpring Inc.Wixom388.0
HTC Global Services Inc.Troy320.0
Altair Engineering Inc.Troy300.0
Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc.Detroit264.0
Source: Crain's Detroit Business

The Detroit Region is home to an educated and skilled workforce.

Nearly 60 institutions in the region offer computer and information sciences and support services certificates and degrees, graduating more than 2,600 candidates each year. The 10 leading institutions account for nearly 75% of the certificates and degrees earned in the Detroit Region.

10 Leading Computer and Information Technology Institutions in the Detroit Region by Certificates and Degrees Conferred, 2014

InstitutionDegrees ConferredCertificates ConferredTotal Conferred
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor/Dearborn/Flint Campuses6681669
Baker College – All Campuses25313266
ITT Technical Institute – All Campuses2080208
Washtenaw Community College6669135
Wayne County Community College District3392125
Macomb Community College9320113
Oakland Community College623799
Wayne State University91091
Henry Ford Community College503989
Oakland University85085
Source: EMSI

Unique local resources support emerging professionals, talented employees, and growing businesses throughout the Detroit Region.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor’s engine for economic development that provides entrepreneur education and training and a business incubator program for innovative start-ups and technology companies.


A provider of technology education in Detroit.

Automation Alley

Michigan’s leading technology business association.

Detroit Labs Apprentice Program

An immersive training experience in software and mobile development with Detroit Labs.


A partnership between leading tech companies, workforce agencies, and educational institutions.

HIMSS – Michigan Chapter

Local chapter of Healthcare Information and management Systems Society.

Girl Develop It Detroit

Local chapter of a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development.

Grand Circus

Training program that offers 10-week coding boot camps.

Green Garage

Office and workshop rental space and business incubator.

IEEE – Michigan Chapter

Local Technology Management Council chapter.

ISACA – Detroit Chapter

Local chapter of worldwide association of IS governance professionals.

IT in the D

A networking and education organization for IT professionals.

Lear Entrepreneurial Center

An entrepreneurial certificate program administered by the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University.


Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow is a public-private partnership to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce.

Merit Network Inc.

America’s longest-running regional research and education network that serves educational communities in Michigan.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology

A non-profit organization that provides mentoring, networking, and support for women working in technology.

Michigan Funders

An equity crowdfunding platform unique to the state of Michigan.


The largest and most influential Michigan digital resource for entrepreneurial and technology news, insight, and community.

Oakland University

Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation

OU INCubator

A SmartZone Business Accelerator focused on the IT sector.


Work space rentals for creative, socially conscious entrepreneurs in Detroit.

Rocket Fiber

Gigabit internet currently available in Downtown Detroit and in the process of being expanded.

Sisters Code

A Detroit organization committed to helping bridge the technology gender gap by providing women with the tools they need.

Society of Information Management – Detroit Chapter

Local chapter of IT leaders.


Detroit’s business innovation hub.

Telecommunications Association of Michigan

Michigan’s most effective trade association serving the telecommunications, broadband, and networking industry.

University of Michigan

Artificial Intelligence LaboratoryCenter for Information Technology Integration (CITI)School for Information Labs

Walsh College

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Wayne State University

Department of Information Systems Management and Research Labs


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