Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report 2020 Q2
In this edition of the report, you’ll hear from:
- Wes Hummel @ PayPal
- Jason Yankovitz @ Salute Mission Critical
- Calline Sanchez @ IBM
- Grant Anderson @ Paragon Space Development Corporation
- Chris Ronzio @ Trainual
- Gregg Scoresby @ CampusLogic
- Leib Bolel @ Grayhawk Capital
These stories augment data showcasing strong performance despite the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn. The number of tech jobs in Arizona continued to rise this year — up about 1% in the second quarter over the first (and 10% higher than 2019 Q2). Wages rose, too, by 4.1% in Q2 over Q1, down slightly from growth in previous quarters when wages rose more than 5%.
Strong performance in the tech industry is not surprising, given how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rely on technology more than ever. Hopefully, this strength will continue even as the significant headwinds persist.
Tech Jobs in AZ
Job growth over past year
Total Industry Wages
Wage growth over past year
Wages vs. the national average
Behind the Numbers: AZ Tech Careers
There are tech jobs in AZ available for every career level and there are many different pathways into the industry, from a 4-year college degree or advanced degree, to a certificate from a training provider, to apprenticeships.
Wes Hummel is vice president of Site Reliability Engineering at PayPal and a recent addition to the AZ Tech Council board. A longtime Arizonan, he has also held positions at Clarity Communication Systems and Motorola.
Wes joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from how software was eating the world well before Marc Andreessen said it, to why everyone should work in the service industry at some point, to what it takes to support 25X growth.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Wes's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Jason Yankovitz is an area operations manager for Salute Mission Critical, a data center services firm with offerings that include day-to-day operations and project-based services. A former soldier, over the past several years Jason has built a successful career in the data center industry.
Jason joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from traveling the world to figuring out how to thrive after leaving the military, to pivoting from criminal justice into IT, to finally loving what you do.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Jason's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion
Calline Sanchez is Vice President of IBM Systems Lab Services and IBM Systems Technical Universities, as well as State Leader for Arizona and New Mexico. In her role, she leads a team of worldwide technology consultants to deliver IBM Systems solutions.
Calline joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from overcoming shyness to being authentic to managing a team of a thousand engineers and scientists all working remotely.
Top Sectors by Employmentwithin the tech industry
|5415 - Computer Systems Design and Related Services||34,216||$90,028.00||4,300|
|3364 - Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||26,324||$103,448.00||121|
|3344 - Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||20,310||$133,627.00||154|
|517 - Telecommunications||14,921||$71,796.00||628|
|518 - Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services||9,357||$95,187.00||384|
Spotlight on Economic Impact
Tech Jobs in Non-Tech IndustriesThere are tech jobs at tech companies, of course. But there are also tech jobs at non-tech companies – more, actually. Every industry, from healthcare to hospitality, employees tech workers.
Spotlight on Tech Jobs in AZ versus Other States
Tech Companies in AZ
Growth in firms
Total tax contributions of AZ tech companies
AZ tech employment compared to the national average, based on proportion of tech employment to other industries
Behind the Numbers: AZ Tech Companies
Chris Ronzio is the founder and CEO of Trainual, a tool for growing businesses to document processes and to simplify onboarding and training. Prior to launching Trainual, Chris ran an operations consulting firm that helped businesses systematize and scale.
Chris joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from Arizona’s big skies and amazing weather, to the shared mission of tech entrepreneurs in the state, to hiring and retaining talent.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Chris's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Grant Anderson is President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, the Tucson-based company he co-founded in 1993. Paragon was formed "to change the future by creating extreme environment life support and thermal control solutions that would allow humans to expand beyond their previously believed limits."
Grant joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from supporting crewed missions to Mars, to batteries, to the importance of imagination.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Chris's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Top 5 Sectors by Firmswithin the tech industry
|5415 - Computer Systems Design and Related Services||4,300||0.03%|
|3364 - Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||121||0.03%|
|3344 - Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||154||-0.01%|
|517 - Telecommunications||628||-0.02%|
|518 - Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services||384||0.07%|
Spotlight on Supply Chain
Portion of supply chain source in-region
Value of supply chain top 5 inputs
AZ Tech Workforce Development & Education
of Arizona's population has at least a high school diploma
of Arizona's population has at least a Bachelor's degree
Where Tech Workers Who Graduated from Arizona Institutions Now Live and Work
Tech Investment in AZ
Startups in Arizona on Angelist
Average startup valuation in Arizona
Venture Capital invested in 2019
VC Investment Amounts
VC Investment Deals
Behind the Numbers: Tech Investment in AZ
Leib Bolel is President and CEO of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance, where he oversees the growth in bilateral trade between the technology communities of Arizona and Israel, as well as a Venture Partner at Grayhawk Capital.
Leib joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from the opportunities between Arizona and Israel, to the talent 'flocking' to the state, to the outlook for venture capital investments in local companies.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Leib's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Gregg Scoresby is CEO and Founder of CampusLogic, a Chandler-based SaaS company that removes financial barriers to higher education with the industry’s only Student Financial Success platform. Gregg has a long history in Arizona as a tech entrepreneur, investor, and mentor.
Gregg joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that covered everything from Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, to when to raise money, to the best tacos, to the broad impact of mission-driven companies.
Read the full transcript of Molly and Gregg's conversation on the AZTC blog.
Tech Innovation & Exploration in AZ
R&D as a Percentage of GDPState Comparison
Spotlight on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awards
SBIR AwardsNumber of Awards
STTR AwardsNumber of Awards
SBIR AwardsAmount Awarded
STTR AwardsAmount Awarded
The AZ Tech Industry Impact Report is a product of eIMPACT, published by by the Arizona Technology Council with storytelling by Castelazo Content.
The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, visionaries, and community members to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org and follow AZTC on Twitter at @aztechcouncil.
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Data & MethodologyHow the data in this report was calculated.
This report includes totalling 0 data points from 13 measures, collected from 1 public sources (described below). We also estimated 0 data points based on our estimation and projection methodology.
Some of the summary data included in the report may not include suppressed data. Data suppression occurs in cases where private, identifying information would be disclosed. In most cases, this does not impact the total values presented in the report, but in cases where there are small industries or areas, data suppressions may reduce the accuracy of the data we can display.