Arizona Emerging as New Tech Hub with 25% Job Growth

by Jacob Hess

A Barron’s study projects tech jobs will grow at twice the national jobs rate in the next decade. The largest growth will occur in the Southwest, Arizona alone growing 25% as folks — no longer tied to a Silicon Valley cubicle — flee California. Phoenix’s growth has increased year after year as one of the hottest hubs for job growth in the tech sector as more companies relocate their headquarters to the Valley. 

Our labor force is changing as the digital economy and workforce rapidly transform, fueling the demand for tech-related jobs, including information technology, network engineering and cybersecurity. Right now, there is a high demand for IT engineers, and the astounding prediction by Cybersecurity Ventures back in 2014 that there would be 3.5 million unfilled cyber jobs in the United States by the end of 2021 actually came to be. The need for networking engineering overall is important because that’s the core of a cybersecurity professional, indicating that we need more trained talent in this space.

Headquartered in Phoenix, NGT Academy, a cybersecurity and network engineering online training platform, is solving this large demand in the IT market by providing its students with the capabilities and knowledge necessary to succeed in the industry with zero to little experience. Through their affordable, immersive and military-style training platform, NGT is looking to bridge that gap, with a mission to help 1 million people get tech jobs by 2030.

In addition to its main programs — Network Engineer and Cybersecurity Accelerator — NGT Academy has launched its newest course: the Sales Engineer program that trains students to work on the leading edge of technology IT solutions and mastering the art of selling tech-based products and services. 

Jacob Hess is CAO at NGT Academy, which he co-founded with other former tech instructors from the U.S. Air Force who trained thousands of engineers for the military with top security clearances. The founders have more than 40 years (in total) of work experience across network engineering, cyber security and sales engineering while working for the U.S. government, Cisco Systems, Arista Networks and Dimension Data. Plus, the trainers have more than 20 years of combined sales engineering work experience to help their students break into this sector. 

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