Information Technology

Welcome to Madison, the No. 5 city in America for high-tech jobs! (Wall Street Journal/Market Watch, June 2013).

In Dane County there are currently 11,898 jobs, paying an average wage of $89,844 (2013).

The Madison area is a hotbed of innovation for the information technology (IT) sector. From well-established businesses to start-up operations and the educational components needed for this industry to impressive IT alums (e.g., former Cisco System Chairman John Morgridge who came back to create the Morgridge Institute of Research on the UW-Madison campus,) Madison has "IT" all.

  • Dane County Ranks 9th in U.S. in Information Technology Job Growth to the Key Industry
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    Dane County employment percent change chart since 1990

    Some Madison IT notables

    EPIC Systems - One of the top high-tech and IT employers in the state, Epic employs more than 6,200 full-time equivalents including over 800 software programmers and developers. A privately held, $1.5 billion (2012 revenue) company that sells electronic health records to customers such as Johns Hopkins, the Epic impact on the Madison area's IT economy is staggering. The current and former Epic employees also continue to shape the region from the housing being built to the new spin-off/consulting companies being formed.

    Murfie - Think part garage sale, part iTunes and you describe Murfie. This online music company will burn your old discs to a digital file, recycle the cases and even resell your album online.

    Raven Software - Madison is home to this gaming company which merged with Activision and became one of the creators of Call of Duty, easily one of the most popular video games in the world.

    Shopbop - Amazon.com maintains a large e-commerce presence in Madison through its acquisition of Shopbop.com. What started out as a small retail operation on State Street in downtown Madison has grown into an international online, high-end fashion retailer employing over four hundred.

    Sonic Foundry - This successful audio and video-streaming service focusing on educational webcasting created the most trusted video management platform for academic, enterprise and event webcasting: Mediasite.

    Education for the IT industry

    The Madison region has an extensive network of higher education institutions and related partners that offer IT certificates and degree programs that serve as a launching pad for IT professionals ready to fill positions with new and expanding technology companies.

    Madison's higher education institutions graduated 815 eligible employees with degrees in Computer Information Science and Support Services in 2012.

    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
      UW-Madison's computer science program consistently ranks in the top 10 computer science departments in the United States. Granting certificates, bachelor and master degrees in computer science, the program is rooted in UW's long-standing leadership in research and buoyed by a commitment to teaching and inspiring technology-driven innovation with real-world application.
    • Edgewood College (Madison)
      This private four-year institution offers bachelor degree programs in computer information systems, web design and development, and computer science teaching. The school boasts 100% field placement of its computer information system students upon graduation.
    • Madison Media Institute (MMI)
      At the Madison Media Institute (MMI) students get the education needed to work in graphic design, web design, music production, audio recording, game design, animation, video production, talent management, or audio visual systems. MMI offers Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Applied Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees.

    A tight-knit tech community

    In addition to the Madison area's higher education institutions, a robust network of professional organizations spur the ongoing learning of IT professionals and companies. Groups such as the Wisconsin Innovation Network, Accelerate Madison and Madisonium bring together executives and entrepreneurs in the technology field to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities.

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