Meet the Future of Arkansas Technology

By Arkansas Next on Monday, October 25, 2021

Jacob Slaton

The numbers don’t lie. The future is bright for students pursuing a career in technology.

An estimated 56,329 people are employed in Arkansas’ tech industry

Computing jobs are the No. 1 source of new wages in Arkansas.
25%+ growth
in jobs for Arkansas software developers
(Arkansas Division of Workforce Services)

7%+ growth
in jobs for Arkansas information security analysts
(Arkansas Division of Workforce Services)

460% more high school students are in computer science courses since 2014 as a result of Arkansas’ Learn to Code Initiative.

Arkansas was the first state to mandate coding education in schools.

The number of Arkansas students who graduated with a computer science degree increased 160% from 2014-2018

The young developers, analysts, scientists and engineers changing Arkansas — and the many cool tech careers waiting for YOU!

Tech Careers Taking Off

Top 6 Tech Startups in Arkansas in 2021
1. NOWDiagnostics
A single drop of blood tests for a number of health concerns (in minutes!)

2. AcreTrader
A simple way to personally invest in local farms

3. Apptegy
Cool tech tool for K-12 schools
4. Ox
New supply chain technology

An exciting FinTech platform

6. AngelEye Health
Live streaming video for families with children in the NICU or PICU

Seven Fast-growing Arkansas Tech Companies

Inc. Magazine’s recent list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. featured 19 companies in Arkansas, seven of which were, you guessed it, technology or technology-related companies!


The average annual wages for tech professions in Arkansas:

Sources: except * and **

Aerospace Engineer (entry-level) $70,820*
Applications Software Developers $87,720
Biomedical Engineers $92,620
Blockchain Engineers $67,330
Computer and Information Research Scientists $125,120
Computer and Information Systems Managers $114,770
Computer Network Architects $88,500
Computer Network Support Specialists $52,800
Computer Programmers $85,390
Computer Systems Analysts $73,190
Computer User Support Specialists $43,010
Cybersecurity Analyst (entry-level) $65,426*
Data Analysts $60,323**
Data Entry Keyers $31,400
Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations $113,530
Database Administrators and Architects $80,220
Film & Video Editor $56,480
FinTech Program Manager $127,390*
Food Scientist & Technologists $70,110
Forensic Science Technicians $44,650
Graphic Designers $45,000
Health Information Technologists $44,170
Information Security Analysts $89,500
Logistics Analysts $68,580
Mechanical Engineers $73,390
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $68,310
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $70,290
Software Developers $87,720
Surgery Technicians $49,710
Switchboard Operators $29,110
UI Developer I (entry-level) $63,370*
UX Manager $103,866*
Web Developers $47,140