IT AND CYBERSECURITY
Total Job Growth
(National average $131,376)
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected through technology, Macomb County is on the cutting edge of the information technology (IT) and cybersecurity industries. More than 700 companies make up Macomb County's network of IT and cybersecurity businesses and collectively they employ more than 8,000 workers. These companies are revolutionizing the digital infrastructure by utilizing sophisticated software systems and the latest in technology. These IT and cybersecurity advancements intertwine with and enhance many key industries. From protecting automated assembly lines to medical records, technology sectors are driving the future of Industry 4.0.
Over the past decade, the IT and cybersecurity industry has grown aggressively alongside the emergence of Industry 4.0. The 62.7 percent growth in IT and Cyber jobs in Macomb County since 2010 is outpacing the rest of the nation (28 percent). Software developers, over the past decade, grew at a rate of 126 percent while Information Security Analysts grew at a rate of 165 percent.
Helping fill the demand for these high growth occupations are emerging two and four year degree programs, as well as career pathway-driven academy learning opportunities in secondary education.
EMPLOYMENT TRENDS - Fastest Growing IT/Cybersecurity Jobs 2021-2026
(By total number of jobs)
|Occupation||Employed in Industry (2021)||Median Hourly
|2021-2026 Projected Growth|
|Software Developers and Software Quality
Assurance Analysts and Testers
|Telecommunications Equipment Installers
and Repairers, Except Line Installers
|Computer User Support Specialists||317||$19.28||77||2%|
|Information Security Analysts||170||$45.37||16||12%|
Macomb County's rich history in automotive, as well as defense and aerospace, has created an ecosystem for IT and Cyber businesses and occupations to grow. Macomb County is home to a large community of core manufacturing operations, supply chain industries and product development facilities that are starting to rely more and more on emerging technologies like virtual and augmented reality, robotics and automation, cloud computing, big data, and beyond.
LOCAL SUCCESS IN CYBERSECURITY
Since 2010, the area has seen a 62.7 percent increase in IT and Cyber based occupations. This led to the creation of the Michigan Automotive and Defense Cyber Assurance Team (MADCAT), an initiative spearheaded by the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.
MADCAT promotes the county and the state of Michigan as a world leader in developing and supporting a cyber ecosystem while leveraging unique regional assets in the defense and automotive industries to drive technology innovation, encourage economic development and create a talented workforce for Michigan.
Since its founding in 2014, the organization has facilitated three cyber hubs in Macomb County, including the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and the Wayne State University Advanced Technology Education Center. These hubs allow local companies to test connected products, provide training with industry leaders and offer cyber security certification courses.
In May of 2019, MADCAT was awarded a National Association of Counties Achievement Award in the Community & Economic Development category.
INDUSTRY JOBS BY YEAR
TOP LOCAL COMPANIES
Advanced Integrated Manufacturing
Anjani Etech Solutions Inc.
Apex Digital Solutions Inc.
Applied Systems Corporation
Computer Sciences Corporation
Controller Technologies Corporation
Custom Data Solutions
Embedded Logix Inc.
Genius Solutions Inc.
Greyhound Technologies Ltd
International Robot Support Inc.
JEM Tech Group
JRD Systems Inc.
Mantech International Corporation
Michigan Computer Solutions Inc.
Modular Technologies of America
Motion Mekanix Inc.
Quorum Information Technologies Inc.
RE Formsnet LLC
Rhino Robotics Inc.
Romeo Computer Company Inc.