Industry Overviews - Information Technology

IT Occupations Definition

Information technology (IT) is a vital part of any metro economy. It is pervasive as it touches literally all industries. As such, IT does not really fit into an “industry” definition. For this analysis we will not be looking at a specific industry, but a collection of IT occupations.


There are just under 50,000 IT jobs in the Kansas City MSA. Software Developer-Applications, Computer User Support Specialist and Computer System Analysts are the most common IT Occupations.



Software Developers, Applications


Computer User Support Specialists


Computer Systems Analysts


Network and Computer Systems Administrators


Software Developers, Systems Software


Computer and Information Systems Managers


Computer Programmers


Computer Occupations, All Other


Medical Records and Health Information Technicians


Computer Network Architects


Computer Network Support Specialists


Web Developers


Information Security Analysts


Database Administrators


Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic


Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers


Computer Operators


Technical Writers


Computer Hardware Engineers


Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other


Computer and Information Research Scientists


Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic


IT Occupations Total



Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3



IT Occupation Employment by Industry

IT workers are found in all industries, but the Computer System Design industry employs the most (17,322). While this seems obvious, other non-computer related industries like hospitals, engineering and nsurance each employ over 1,000 IT workers.



Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3



IT Employment Trend

IT employment has been trending upwards in the Kansas City area. In 2011, Kansas City had under 42,000 IT jobs, it is approaching 50,000 jobs today. This is a 19 percent growth rate, which is nearly twice the rate of growth of employment overall.


Kansas City’s IT employment growth rate is also outpacing the US IT employment growth rate since 2011 of 14 percent.




Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3



IT Occupation Location Quotient

Metro Location Quotient Employment
San Jose 3.85 152,676
Washington D.C. 2.03 237,316
Seattle 1.98 141,487
San Francisco 1.89 167,006
Austin 1.72 63,253
Raleigh 1.72 38,444
Boston 1.66 162,040
Denver 1.41 75,733
Baltimore 1.37 67,396
Salt Lake City 1.33 34,650
Minneapolis 1.32 93,841
Atlanta 1.31 128,247
Kansas City 1.29 49,727
Columbus 1.26 47,632
Hartford 1.25 28,628
Portland 1.23 52,431
Dallas 1.22 158,143
Charlotte 1.16 50,387
San Diego 1.15 61,613
Phoenix 1.14 83,498
Detroit 1.11 78,950
Milwaukee 1.11 33,644
Sacramento 1.10 39,385
Rochester 1.06 19,660
St. Louis 1.06 51,965
Cincinnati 1.04 40,119
Philadelphia 1.04 106,329
Richmond 1.03 24,364
Chicago 1.02 171,727
Pittsburgh 1.02 41,704
Tampa 1.02 48,138
Tucson 1.00 13,733
Indianapolis 1.00 37,443
Cleveland 1.00 37,826
New York 1.00 344,840
Los Angeles 0.95 214,097
Virginia Beach 0.91 24,965
Nashville 0.90 31,541
Jacksonville 0.89 21,782
Houston 0.87 95,590
Oklahoma City 0.87 19,404
Orlando 0.86 38,769
San Antonio 0.86 32,384
Buffalo 0.83 16,384
Birmingham 0.83 15,367
Louisville 0.82 19,548
Providence 0.82 21,010
Grand Rapids 0.75 15,367
Miami 0.74 73,313
Memphis 0.60 13,974
Las Vegas 0.55 19,632
New Orleans 0.55 11,402
Riverside 0.48 26,036

When you think about IT hubs, places like San Jose, Seattle and Austin might come quickly to mind. It is true that these metros have a high level of IT specialization (as measured by the location quotient, but Kansas City also holds its own on this measure. Of the 53 metros with at least 1 million people, Kansas City’s IT location quotient ranks 13th.



* The Location Quotient (LQ) measures employment specialization in an occupation. It is calculated by taking the share of metro workers in IT relative to the share of workers in IT nationally. A LQ of 1 is normal, over 1 indicates an employment specialization in IT.



Key IT Specializations

Within Kansas City’s strong IT specialization, it is particularly strong in Information Security Analysts, Computer Systems Analysts and Computer User Support Specialists.




Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3


Wage Comparison

The average annual wage for IT jobs in Kansas City is $79,500, or 64 percent more than the overall average.


While the IT wage is higher than the overall wage, KC IT workers make about 10 percent less than IT workers nationwide.

This trend holds for key specific IT occupations.



Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3



Employment by Gender and Race

There is no demographic information by occupation, but we can look at some demographics of the industry that employs the most IT professionals (the Computer System Design industry).


This is a male dominated industry, both locally and nationally, with males taking up two thirds of all jobs. It is also a white dominated industry, but there is far less diversity in Kansas City’s Computer System Design workforce relative to the nation.