Technology-focused for business

As the location for both AT&T’s headquarters and the corporate home for Texas Instrument there’s no doubt that the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a key telecom and technology hub. Recent statistics show that more than 228,000 workers – or nearly 8 percent of the DFW region’s total job count – work in the technology sector with jobs that are mostly split between high-tech manufacturing (44 percent) and information/professional/technical services (56 percent).

A longtime leader in all manner of technology-focused businesses including engineering telecommunications information services and more the DFW area is either a headquarters or main hub for such companies as Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Perot Systems Nortel Raytheon Alcatel and Lockheed Martin. Medical bio and life sciences are another growing technology sector for the area as are emerging technologies such as nanotech wireless and broadband telecommunications.

Metroplex educational institutions have also been strong supporters of the area’s equally strong – and fast-growing – technology base. For example the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is one of many higher education resources what is working with tech companies to prepare students for the work force. UTD is also fast becoming a major research institution specializing in fields such as nanotechnology and interactive arts.