Paving the Way for the Future of Tech

The technology sector in Fairfax County attracts new talent and investments from across the nation.

Fairfax County is home to 8,700 technology-focused enterprises that deliver a full spectrum of high-end services and solutions to government, industry and consumer markets worldwide. From cloud computing and software development to artificial intelligence and data analytics, businesses and research teams in Fairfax County are defining the cutting edge.

With one of every four jobs directly related to the technology sector, Fairfax County attracts a constant influx of young talent from around the world. These technology specialists are drawn to the world-changing opportunities here, in addition to the unparalleled quality of life. Proximity to the nation’s capital gives companies access to policy makers and leaders who are helping to shape the face of tomorrow’s information technology sector.

Partners such as the Northern Virginia Technology Council, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech all contribute to the IT ecosystem and Northern Virginia technology companies that define the region.

Leaders in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity in Fairfax County

Data breaches and panic over hacks are now commonplace, but a robust community of innovators and computer scientists are creating solutions in the cybersecurity sector. With 18 of Washington D.C.’s top 25 cybersecurity companies based in Fairfax County, we’re the safe choice for new and established cybersecurity ventures.

More than 530 cybersecurity companies call Fairfax County home, tapping into the 15 different centers for academic excellence in the field. With regulators and institutions like the CIA just minutes away in Washington, D.C. companies in Fairfax County have access to people and resources that Silicon Valley can never acquire as easily. This concentration of talent, companies, resources and training programs makes the region the smartest and most secure choice for cybersecurity companies to establish themselves.

Media Hub

Digital Media Advantages

Digital media agencies in Fairfax County, including web applications and services, video and film production, interactive producers and content users, are thriving with access to large business and consumer markets. While social media’s forerunners may have called San Francisco or New York home, much of the digital media of tomorrow will boast an address in Fairfax County.

Tech talent provides the necessary framework for user experience and web development. At the same time, a large pool of creative talent fills in the text, images, video and other content needed to bring digital media alive. Video editors and graphic designers work alongside app and software developers in Fairfax County, where more than 269,000 workers contribute to the creative and digital media space. Proximity to universities churning out graduates skilled at digital content creation and development sweetens the deal for any company looking to invest in Fairfax County.

Data in the Cloud

Cloud Computing and Analytics

With worldwide expenditures of data analytics reaching more than $274 billion, there is more than a sliver of the pie available to companies getting in on the action. The United States represented 50% of the world’s data analytics spending, and our location next to the nation’s capital is an attractive selling point for companies in the analytics business.

The region awards more than 12,000 degrees in fields associated with data analytics. Fairfax County is attracting top talent in this field that virtually all companies will need eventually — if not already.

On top of actually crunching the numbers, Fairfax County also offers cloud-based solutions for companies to do their computing. Whether it’s the public, private or hybrid cloud, Fairfax County embraces servers, storage, networking, virtualization and applications. The county’s strong concentrations of cloud computing businesses provide products across the spectrum, including infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.

Fairfax County firms that are entrenched in the cloud benefit from a highly skilled workforce and a customer base of both government and private sector clients, not to mention the robust internet infrastructure. Two important internet exchange points are located in Fairfax County in Reston and Tysons. Northern Virginia is among the world leaders in concentration of data centers.

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David Kelley, Director, National Business Investment

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment

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Rankings & Facts

8,700

technology establishments

3rd

largest metro for technology employment

18

of the top 25 cybersecurity firms in the Washington, D.C. region are based in Fairfax County

1 in 4

jobs in Fairfax County is technology-related

60+

regional colleges and universities

860

information technology establishments

20,272

people employed

242,350

workers employed in Computer and Mathematical occupations in the D.C. metropolitan area, more than twice the concentration nationally.

16.1%

lower cost than San Francisco area.

Tech labor costs 14% below labor costs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County

What the Data Says

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2020