According to a recently released report, the New York metropolitan area — including several nearby New Jersey counties — has more technology workers than any other in the United States. The New York metro area had 317,000 technology jobs in 2009, topping a list of 60 other metropolitan areas, according to the Cybercities 2010: The Definitive Analysis of the High-Tech Industry in the Nation’s Top 60 Cities survey. These New York metro jobs paid on average $98,500 annually and are mainly in computer systems design and related services.
Although the New York metro area traditionally is known for being dominant in the financial sector, this report demonstrates something those in the tech/telecom industry have known for years. Whether born out of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey or IBM in Armonk, the New York metro area has laid claim to some of the major technology innovations of our time. Couple those breakthroughs in core technologies with the new media leaps taken in Silicon Alley during the early days of the Internet and New York’s recipe for tech growth is quickly realized — it is all about innovation. Those who innovate usually lead.