The nation’s capital is increasingly becoming a tech capital. Washington, D.C., and the surrounding metro area, has seen a huge influx in tech talent. In fact, D.C. is the third-largest net tech employer in the U.S., according to CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2019 report. Alongside this growth is an increased need for tech talent. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our Cybersecurity Analytics program at our Washington, D.C. campus.
These programs join our on-campus Software Engineering and Data Science programs to provide a comprehensive tech education to meet the growing demand in Washington, D.C. Here’s why you should consider starting your tech career in Washington, D.C. with Flatiron School.
D.C. needs tech talent
Washington, D.C.’s tech workforce grew 0.7% year-over-year in 2018, but that growth doesn’t tell the whole story. D.C. trails just New York City and Los Angeles in terms of net tech employment, per the Cyberstates 2019 report.
Software engineers and web developers was the top tech occupation with 62,459 works, a 1.1% YoY increase. Amazon estimates HQ2, which is coming to National Landing in Northern Virginia, will directly create 25,000 jobs over the next decade and HQ2 will indirectly lead to the creation of 53,000 jobs. Some of that tech talent will come from nearby D.C., which means there will be a demand to fill those roles.
Additionally, D.C. has a robust startup scene that will continue to mature. Washington, D.C., has 312 startups listed in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. With growth comes opportunity.
D.C. and cybersecurity, a perfect match
In what should come as no surprise, D.C. has a booming cybersecurity scene. D.C. is home to government agencies, defense contractors, global companies, financial institutions, and tech giants. In fact, the Washington, D.C. region is already considered the Cyber Capital and has the most cybersecurity companies per capita in the U.S., per Business Facilities.
While D.C. may be considered the Cyber Capital, the city needs talent to support this growing demand. The number of Computer System and Cybersecurity Analysts increased 3.3% YoY in 2018, per the Cyberstates 2019 report. That number is likely to increase because the supply of cybersecurity talent is very low, according to Cyberseek.
Coding bootcamps are a great way to support the cybersecurity industry in Washington, D.C. by helping train the next wave of cybersecurity talent in weeks instead of months or years.
If you want to learn more about Flatiron School’s Washington, D.C. campus and our course offerings, such as Cybersecurity Analytics and software engineering, you can contact Flatiron School at Admissions@flatironschool.com. We encourage anyone who’s interested in attending Flatiron School to schedule a 10-minute chat with admissions. They’d be delighted to hear from you!
Dr. Bret Fund
Head of Cybersecurity
Bret is the Founder and CEO of SecureSet and the Head of Cybersecurity at Flatiron School. Since 2014, Bret has led the development of SecureSet and has transformed the organization into the multi-campus academy that it is today. Bret currently oversees the growth, strategy and financial operations for SecureSet. As a former professor at UC-Boulder, Bret has exercised his passion for providing students with a quality education. Bret has earned his BS in Finance Management, an MS in Organizational Behavior, as well as a PhD in Strategic Management.