TechND, in cooperation with industry stakeholders, implements the Career Awareness Program. The purpose of the program is to address current and future technology workforce needs. Objectives are to inform students, parents and educators of tech career opportunities in North Dakota; to encourage students to enroll in tech-related classes and degree programs at the secondary and post-secondary education levels; and to develop a world-class tech workforce for the future.

Technology is one of the state’s top five growth industries. Coordinated workforce development efforts are needed to attract, retain and expand the state’s technology talent to meet employment and business growth opportunities.

With the growing economy, workforce continues to be the primary challenge for the technology industry. According to Job Service North Dakota, the state has seen an increase of nearly 30 percent in technology occupations over the past decade and is projecting a 20 percent increase for the next decade. Between 2014 and 2024, it is estimated more than 2,250 new and replacement technology positions will be needed in North Dakota.

Growth in the industry will create the need for nearly 1,340 employees to fill new positions, and the remaining positions will be replacements. With the state technology industry currently employing 6,680 North Dakotans, this projected growth means replacement and new positions will equal a third of the state’s current technology workforce. The average annual wage for technology positions in North Dakota is $59,954, which is 18% higher than the state average.

Program Status
The program is in its eighth year of implementation through a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. More than 10,000 students in more than 20 communities statewide have been reached with technology career information. Activities include classroom presentations, industry tours and career fairs, as well as collaboration with Marketplace for Kids and Junior Achievement. Scholarships are also awarded annually to the winners of statewide SkillsUSA IT competitions.

Program partners
Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck State College, Dakota Carrier Network, First International Bank & Trust, MDU Resources Group, Microsoft Fargo, National Information Solutions Cooperative and North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

Impact on North Dakota’s economy

  • North Dakota’s IT industry injected $1.6 billion million in pay into the state’s economy in 2015. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • North Dakota’s IT industry contributed nearly $3 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2014. (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

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For more information and partnership opportunities
Contact Deana Wiese, executive director, at (701) 355-4458 or for additional information.