Information & Communication Technology Sector

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Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state. In the Information & Communication Technology sector facilitates sustainable investment, top talent capacity and growth in the state’s cutting edge technology industry, including software, networks, online retail and services.
 

How we define the Information & Communication Technology industry

  • Telecommunication – wired and wireless carriers, electronic sales
  • Software design – software publishing, apps development
  • Data management – hosting, processing
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    Sector impacts on Washington’s economy

    People Impact

  • Firms – 14,000
  • Jobs – Nearly 200,000 (includes employees, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and ICT positions at non-ICT companies)
  • Payroll– $22 billion
  • Median Wages – $110,00-$140,000 (in positions essential to ICT delivery)
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    Economic Impacts by Industry

  • Software publishing – $ 5 billion (approx.)
  • Wired and wireless telecommunications – $ 8.3 billion (approx.)
  • Electronic shopping and auctions – $ 3.6 billion
  • Data processing, hosting – $ 1.7 billion
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    What’s next? Washington's ICT sector goals:

  • Develop the workforce needed to advance our leadership
  • Start closing the skills gap
  • Put high-tech entrepreneurship at the top of the State’s agenda
  • Startup 365
  • Tell our story better – with data, with businesses, and with our cities
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    Washington ICT facts

  • 1st in software publishers by 2012 employment
  • 2nd in total state-level payroll coming from tech industry with 18.4 percent
  • 2nd in high-tech average annual wage vs. private sector annual wage at 124.7 percent
  • 3rd in average annual wages $110,240
  • 5th in high-tech workers per 1,000 private sector workers with 82
  • 10th in tech employment numeric change from 2011 to 2012 (+2,099)
  • 10th in total high-tech by 2012 employment with 190,953
  • 11th in high-tech annual payroll numeric change 2011 to 2012 ($299)
  • 13th in Internet and telecommunications services by 2012 employment with 34,889
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    Key Sectors

    Sector Resources

    Communication and coordination

    Through coordinated stakeholder engagement and action, we will have an opportunity to make significant progress in building our ICT sector.


    Dr. Joseph Williams

    Director of Economic Development for the ICT Sector

    A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining Commerce. His distinguished career in the tech industry, in academia and the public sector includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. He has authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry while he was a professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the 1990s. Dr. Williams has degrees from the University of California-Berkley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Texas-Austin.

    Need Help?

    Dr. Joseph Williams
    Director of Economic Development for the Information and Communication Technology Sector
    joseph.williams@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 206-256-6118

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