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Careers in Tech: Pursue Success Your Way
September 30, 2019
The next big thing, a hidden gem and the best kept secret are all vast understatements for the Wichita region’s tech industry. How do you describe a sector that has deep roots in the local economy, thriving start-ups and an ever-growing list of diverse job opportunities? “Relentlessly original” is a start. In Wichita, you can pursue a successful career in tech your way.
The ten-county region is home to more than 110 tech companies specializing in many different facets. Cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, software engineering, mobile app development and automation only scratch the surface of the region’s capabilities. Named one of the fastest growing tech centers in the nation by the Brookings Institute, Wichita offers the opportunity for career growth and an abundance of jobs. Once you’re here, numerous professional development organizations and educational opportunities await.
Organizations such as DevICT, FlagshipKansas.Tech and e2e support the technology ecosystem by keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the industry and hosting hackathons, networking events and bootcamps. Five local coworking spaces complement those organizations by fostering community and innovation amongst their diverse member base. The tech sector in Wichita is far from siloed – there are numerous organizations that strengthen the region's technology industry.
- Groover Labs provides space to connect technology and product development with a wood shop, metal shop, electronics lab, fabrication lab and collaboration space in a historic 44,000-square-foot space.
- The Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State provides support to startups and the community to enhance the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, including a competition for WSU students to win venture funds and gain valuable feedback.
- NXTUS serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurs, helping them launch, connect with the community and grow highly scalable businesses.
- If you’re looking for a community of like-minded professionals, devICT is a professional development organization of software developers that seek to better its members through social and educational events.
On top of numerous professional development organizations, education opportunities are abundant in the region with a focus on innovation. FlagshipKansas works with educational institutions and local companies to align curriculum with the future of tech and the needs of the industry. With 17 different programs, there’s an opportunity to fit every interest and career stage.
All of the tools are in place for you to pursue success your way. Take advantage of a thriving urban core, low cost of living and high quality of life – all in Wichita. Learn more about the tech industry in the region or find a job.