Phoenix, Arizona has come a long way from the “Five C’s” (cattle, citrus, climate, copper and cotton) that encompassed its original economy. Blockchain, FinTech, Autonomous vehicles and other emerging tech industries have all found a home in Phoenix, and lead to increased demand for job hirees versed in coding, software development, data analytics and more. The metropolitan area ranks as one of the top five across the country currently seeing an increase in technology-related job postings, according to CompTIA. Several bootcamps serving the Phoenix area provide those looking to join the workforce or level up their career with the resources to learn critical new skills and technologies that support these emerging industries. Opportunities exist for participants to network and learn from industry experts, as well as gain internships and job opportunities.
The job outlook for bootcamp participants is high in Phoenix, with the ability to land roles at organizations that include startups, Fortune 500 companies and more. More than 85,000 high-tech employees call the city home, according to a report by CBRE. Fortune 500 companies with more than 1,000 Phoenix-based employees include Intel, GoDaddy, Yelp and General Dynamics. Organizations right behind them, with more than 500 employees in the region include Nextiva, Uber and Insight. Innovative startups are also a driving force in the Phoenix job market, placing the city in the top 10 for most startup businesses, and accounting for more than 35,000 new jobs each year.
Recent developments across government and the technology industry have indicated an increased demand for qualified candidates to fill the growing number of information technology and development roles. Arizona has embraced several “pro-business” development policies to fuel growth in the state. In 2015, an executive order allowed the testing of self-driving vehicles, leading to the creation of a robust automation industry in the Phoenix area, with companies like Uber, Waymo (a Google subsidiary) leading the way. The growing market has already reached a value of more than $800 billion in 2019, and active hiring is expected to continue and ramp up with time. Bills passed in 2018 and 2019 support the testing and development of new FinTech and PropTech within the state, loosening regulations for disruptive technologies to make it to market. These moves have attracted entrepreneurs to major players looking to innovate like Paypal.
Industry trends toward big data and digital marketing initiatives provide ample opportunities for bootcamp graduates. Open positions in IT Administration, web and software development, Java and Python Programmers and cybersecurity specialists will undoubtedly remain in demand. Bootcamps can quickly provide the critical skills needed to stand out among a candidate pool in any of these industries or roles. Some of the companies that have announced their intentions to hire at least 100 new employees in the Phoenix area in the coming years include Microsoft, Deloitte, OpenDoor and Zillow.
We’ve compiled a list of the average salaries for technology jobs in the city from Indeed.com. Employees can expect to earn more than $100,000/year in many of these roles, depending on the specification of the position. Roles with growing demand might see that reflected in compensation or additional cash bonuses. For example, the average salary for a Data Analyst in Phoenix is 29% higher than the national average.
|Career Field||Average Salary|
|IT Security Specialist||$97,859|