Virginia a key technology state

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by Jessica Sabbath

Virginia holds the largest concentration of high technology workers in the country, according to an annual survey by AeA.

In Virginia, 91 of every 1,000 jobs in 2006 were in the high technology industry, according to the AeA’s annual Cyberstates report. This is the second consecutive year the state had the highest concentration of tech workers. Massachusetts and Colorado had the second and third highest concentrations.

Virginia ranked fifth for its technology employment. Virginia had 270,800 tech workers in 2006. California lead the list with 940,700 technology workers.

The commonwealth also had one of the largest net gains in tech employment between 2005 and 2006. Virginia had the third largest gain, adding 9,800 jobs.

Virginia ranked sixth on wages, with an average salary of $86,374 per year.

The full report can be found at

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