Information Technology is a rapidly growing and important sector in Hampton Roads encompassing 2,500+ establishments that employ approximately 28,000 people. Our IT industry includes many sectors. Most notable is cybersecurity due to the large presence of military installations and government contractors. With the continuous influx of talent resulting from the exiting military personnel who choose Hampton Roads as their permanent residences coupled with the graduates from our local educational institutions, the region is becoming a hot spot for Information Technology.
Large cybersecurity cluster development
1,400+ local graduates in Computer and Information Sciences
Expected growth rate of 6.8% by 2023
|Job||# Employed||Median Annual Earnings|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||1,582||$138,589|
|Computer Systems Analysts||2,908||$93,233|
|Computer Network Architects||1,076||$102,747|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||393||$101,404|
Significant contributors include Old Dominion University and ECPI:
Hampton Roads has a strong and well-recognized defense presence. With over 15 military installations employing 80,000+ active duty personnel, the region has attracted cutting-edge government contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Northrop Grumman.
After leaving the services, former military personnel provide a well-trained and renewable source of information technology talent. Each year over 8,000 of the state's 15,000 exiting military members establish residency in the Hampton Roads region.