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Software and IT companies get top-tier talent, cloud computing, and cybersecurity expertise in Greater Rochester, NY.

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Want Top-Tier Tech Talent? Look No Further Than Rochester, NY

RIT students testing out wearable technology

Software, game design, and IT represent a large sector of the businesses here in the region. Nearby universities include the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. Graduates from these universities have high-demand skills, such as programming, application development, big data mining, and security. They serve as a highly skilled labor pipeline of software developers, IT professionals, and engineers for local companies.

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University Resources Available in Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester

The University of Rochester has identified data science as the centerpiece of its strategic plans and invested $100 million to establish an internationally-distinguished Goergen Institute for Data Science. University researchers are at the forefront of efforts to use big data to model and predict things like the spread of infectious diseases, track the popularity of political ideas, and understand consumer preferences.

Home of internationally recognized research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, world-class resources in Big Data, Rochester is uniquely positioned to advance our understanding of how the brain makes sense of the world. Artificial intelligence research at the University of Rochester includes work on knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning and translation, dialog systems, statistical natural language processing, automated planning, AI-based assistive technology, parallel computing, human-computer interaction, and computer vision.

Additionally, the University of Rochester’s Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (RAIL) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory where researchers investigate algorithms and models for robot intelligence and human-robot interaction in complex, uncertain, and dynamic environments to advance robotic exploration, manufacturing, rehabilitation, and medicine.

The Rochester Institute of Technology

The university’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is one of the largest computing colleges in the nation, with more than 4,000 students in degree programs in computer science, computing security, software engineering, and interactive games and media. RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios is an entrepreneurial initiative that focuses on the convergence of interactive gaming, film, and animation. It was made possible by more than $30 million in funding from Dell, Cisco Systems, The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, and New York state.

RIT’s new state-of-the-art Global Cybersecurity Institute will make RIT a global nexus of cybersecurity education and research. They educate and train cybersecurity professionals; develop new cybersecurity and AI-based knowledge for industry, academia, and government; and perform systems and network security testing for a wide range of partners.

The Greater Rochester, NY Region Has IT All

Software and IT companies thrive here because of the area’s significantly lower real estate costs, world-class R&D resources, affordable and talented workforce, as well as the benefits of high employee retention.

Our region’s software industry supports the development of solutions that enable device management, more productive management of health information, and expense optimization software for telecommunication applications. Numerous IT solutions companies provide managed services, consulting, system integration, and software development services. Panasonic’s Internet of Things division, and Datto, a provider of backup and disaster recovery solutions, have opened operations in the Greater Rochester, NY region to take advantage of our skilled workforce.

Great Schools, Greater Talent

The Greater Rochester, NY region is home to 19 exceptional colleges and universities, with nearly 74,000 students and more than 18,000 graduates each year. And Rochester is 1st in mathematics, 3rd in engineering and related fields, and 5th in computing and information sciences degrees per capita when ranked against the 53 largest metro areas. We have a talented workforce with high-demand skills, such as programming and application development, as well as big data mining and security expertise.

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Game-Changing Innovation

Inventors, designers, disrupters and game-changers—whether they’re homegrown or drawn to the high-tech vibe, the Greater Rochester, NY region has a lot of them. So many, in fact, that Rochester is ranked #1 in the US for patents per 1,000 workers.

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World-Class Talent at Competitive Rates Below the National Average

PositionRochester Annual Mean WageNational Annual Mean WageRochester Advantage
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$76,490$89,13014.2%
Compliance Officers$74,350$80,1907.3%
Computer and Information Systems Managers$167,000$180,7207.6%
Computer Hardware Engineers$115,990$147,77021.5%
Computer Network Architects$114,660$133,93014.4%
Computer Network Support Specialists$72,580$78,6407.7%
Computer Occupations, All Other$90,840$112,43019.2%
Computer Programmers$92,800$107,75013.9%
Computer Systems Analysts$97,830$110,80011.7%
Computer User Support Specialists$55,050$57,6504.5%
Credit Analysts$89,010$94,7506.1%
Data Scientists$91,570$119,04023.1%
Database Administrators$97,020$104,8107.4%
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians$67,710$74,4409.0%
Electrical and Electronics Drafters$68,770$73,1105.9%
Electrical Engineers$103,530$117,68012.0%
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$101,750$124,19018.1%
Engineers, All Other$107,820$118,3508.9%
Financial and Investment Analysts$104,820$112,9507.2%
Financial Specialists, All Other$75,250$89,65016.1%
Information Security Analysts$105,450$124,74015.5%
Management Analysts$105,280$115,5308.9%
Managers, All Other$136,020$146,3207.0%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$93,550$100,5807.0%
Office Clerks, General$41,590$43,5604.5%
Operations Research Analysts$91,900$95,8204.9%
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks$55,080$57,6104.4%
Sales Engineers$110,660$130,55015.2%
Software Developers$115,160$138,11016.6%
Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$100,190$108,4607.6%
Web and Digital Interface Designers$88,360$108,82018.8%
Web Developers$91,740$95,5704.0%
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2023; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Notable Rochester IT and Software Companies to Watch


Integrated management solutions


Document Technology


Communication systems and global defense technology

Carestream Health

Medical imaging systems and IT solutions


Provider of backup, disaster recovery solutions

Mindex Technologies, Inc.

IT Professional services and software applications solutions


Cloud management

ITX Corp.

Software product strategy, data science, architecture, security, & development, user experience design, product marketing

Brand Networks

Social media and programmatic display advertising, optimization and insights


Wearable display technology


IT consulting, security, managed services, Microsoft Partner

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Internet of Things solutions

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Security Risk Advisors

Cyber security and risk management consulting

Innovative Solutions

Cloud software development, consulting, migrations and support; IT services

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Smart software development solutions in Web, Mobile, and IoT

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