About Automation Alley >> Technology Industry Report
Automation Alley’s 2012 Technology Industry Report is an in-depth look at Southeast Michigan’s technology economy. The Anderson Economic Group, a business consulting firm based in East Lansing, was commissioned to research the size and scope of the region’s technology sector, including the number of technology firms and technology workers in the region, emerging industries, existing technology clusters and opportunities for technology growth. The report serves to benchmark Southeast Michigan against other technology regions in the Midwest and nationally. The data indicate that Metro Detroit is a leader in a number of industry job categories and ranks as one of the top technology centers in the country.
Among the 15 regions analyzed, the Greater Detroit region was found to be:
- 1st in the number of people working in architectural and engineering occupations.
- 1st in the total number of advanced automotive industry establishments.
- 1st in architectural and engineering industry employment.
- 1st in advanced automotive sector employment.
- 1st in the number of engineering and engineering technologies degrees completed at colleges and universities in the region.
- 3rd in the total number of all STEM degrees completed at institutions, trailing only Chicago and Boston.
- 4th in the percentage of total employment(12.9) that is within the technology industry.
- 5th in the total number of jobs (210,984) in technology sectors.
Among the 9 Midwest regions analyzed, the Greater Detroit region ranked:
- 1st in the share of total employment that is in the technology industry.
- 1st in advanced automotive industry employment and establishment count.
- 1st in the share of total jobs that are in technology occupations.
- 1st in architectural and engineering employment at the industry and occupation levels.
- 2nd in total STEM degree completions, trailing only the Chicago area.
- 3rd in utility patents issued, trailing only Chicago and Minneapolis by a small margin.
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