Central Arkansas’ Tech Talent Landscape

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway MSA employs more than 7,500 people across eight of the most sought-after occupations in information technology. 

This includes software and web developers, database and network administrators, computer support specialists, computer and information research scientists, computer and information analysts, data scientists, computer hardware engineers and miscellaneous computer occupations. 

The median salary among those occupations in this metropolitan statistical area is nearly $66,000, and demand is high. There are nearly 1,200 job postings, an increase over the national average of 776. 

Most of the jobs are found in computer systems design and related services, making up nearly a quarter of all jobs. State government and data processing round out the top three industries. 

According to zip code, Conway has the fourth (72032) and fifth (72034) highest employment areas in the MSA. It ranks first (72034) and third (72032) in terms of where IT workers live. 

Most of the jobs are occupied by employees in the 35-44 age range, making up 29% of positions. That is followed by the 25-34 age range with 27% and the 45-54 age range with 22%. The 19-24 age group makes up nearly 6% of positions. 

In the last 12 months, more than 1,000 employers in the region have posted more than 14,300 job openings in IT. The median job posting lasted 32 days. 

Data for this article was gathered by Lightcast 

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