Information Technology

Industry Sector: Information Technology

Fairfax County is home to more than 8,900 technology-focused enterprises that deliver a full spectrum of high-end services and solutions to government, industry and consumer markets worldwide. Many nationally and internationally recognized technology market leaders, including Fortune 500 companies such as Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and CSC are headquartered or have significant operations in the county.

One of every four jobs in Fairfax County is directly related to the technology sector.  Along with the highly-skilled workforce of well-educated professionals, access to international transportation and the county’s recreation and entertainment amenities are among reasons the county is so attractive to innovative technology firms, especially those looking to recruit and retain human capital.

The Washington, D.C., metro area has the second-largest number of computer and mathematical jobs in the U.S. The region also leads all metropolitan areas in the number of software and systems software developers, computer and information research scientists and operations research analysts.

It’s no wonder that according to professional services and real estate specialists JLL, Northern Virginia has the highest concentration of data centers in the world (43 in Fairfax County).  Remarkably, 70 percent of the world’s internet activity flows through northern Virginia.

Fairfax County companies are engaged in computer science, design services, system integration, computer programming, software design services, computer programming, software development and  internet/ecommerce activities. Emerging market areas notably include cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing and healthcare.

Partners such as the Northern Virginia Technology Council and top degree-granting institutions such as the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, contribute to the constant influx of talent and knowledge.

Notable IT firms with a presence in Fairfax County include Microsoft,  Deltek, Google, HP, Cvent and AMERICAN SYSTEMS.