When you think of innovation, you might not think of Northwest Arkansas. But Fayetteville and the surrounding communities have quickly become the home to a sprawling business and technology community, with more than 1,4000 global brands establishing ties to the region. Driven by corporate titans and cutting-edge startups attracted by pro-business practices and the thriving talent pool, the job market has exploded for roles in data science, coding, UX/UI design and more. This growth is only expected to continue as more organizations take notice of the “unexpected hub for tech startups” that is Fayetteville.
So how can you take advantage of this hiring boom and level up your career? One increasingly popular option is to enroll in a skills-based bootcamp. Bootcamps in the Fayetteville area, specializing in fields like coding, cybersecurity and data analytics offer an opportunity to learn critical skills quickly and network and learn from local and international industry experts. Bootcamp participants in Fayetteville can look forward to exciting internship and job opportunities and taking the first step towards a whole new professional journey in just a few months or less.
The job outlook for bootcamp graduates in Fayetteville is excellent and expected to rise in conjunction with industry demand. Fortune 500 companies lead the hiring charge with Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt both calling Northwest Arkansas home. The story of business in Arkansas is incomplete without mentioning Walmart, the U.S’. largest private employer. Currently, the corporation is finishing its new corporate campus in nearby Bentonville, which will not only bring thousands of open positions but also include amenities that rival the best of Silicon Valley. In our increasingly connected world, industries like transportation and logistics, food manufacturing, aerospace, timber and healthcare are all scaling up their tech-trained talent according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, with more than 1,400 net new jobs in Fayetteville in 2019.
The startup scene in Fayetteville has started to receive recognition as well with close to 10 times the number of early-stage startups compared to the average city, according to DataFox Digest. Startups making waves in the national marketplace include SupplyPike, which is disrupting the shipping industry by offering the first digital freight marketplace to accept cryptocurrency, and RevUnit, a fast growing digital product agency specializing in machine learning and A.I. Business tools. These companies and more are supported by area incubators like The Exchange and Startup Junkie Consulting as well as accelerators like The Ark that provide mentorship, physical space and funding. Bootcamp participants in Fayetteville have numerous choices in combining the “hard skills” they learn in data science, management, or development to their passions in entrepreneurship, next-gen tech and more.
Fayetteville is known for its high quality of living, combined with lower housing costs and ranked number four on U.S. News and World Reports lists of best places to live in 2019. We’ve compiled a list of the average salaries for technology jobs in the city from Indeed.com. Roles with growing demand average salaries of more than $80,000/year and might see that reflected in compensation or additional cash bonuses.
|Career Field||Average Salary|
|Full Stack Developer||$88,354|
|IT Security Specialist||$58,211|