Of the top 10 list, 1, 2, and 7 have large groups of tech employees in SLC. Not
listed though is the UofU, they have a very large IT department based solely
Downtown. The State has 4 offices full of IT workers, all downtown. There are
also another 50 companies throughout downtown that each employ between 50 and
200 IT workers and they are expanding quickly.The majority of the
employees at these companies and including Goldman Sachs all live in SLC and
many of the Tech workers either own or rent in downtown. This is 1 sector that
is pushing more residential development. They are actively renting the top end
apartments in the $4K and up monthly range. The younger the IT worker, the more
likely they are to live around downtown SLC if they work downtown.There are a bunch of Tech companies that are growing, expanding and planning
moves to downtown SLC to help appeal to the younger workers. This demand is
increasing development of new commercial buildings as well as the renovation of
older buildings. There are a few projects that will start this year to take
advantage of the demand.
I know of many techies at the Church, they must be well paid since they're
experienced and still there, even in the middle of the other tech companies.
Interesting that data roles are missing from the salary list. Anyone who asks
me what tech field to enter my answer is immediately data. Whether as a DBA or
BI admin, analyst or similar there is no bad way to go. The hard part is the
lack of formal training in the fields, which typically results in an entry level
position and working your way up. But I've seen nothing but growth in my
20+ years in data and will remain in demand for the next 20 (companies will only
continue to value their data).And I'm glad data isn't on
the salary list since we're above the rates seen there...
The article says that the details are missing from the hiring practices of The
Church. Given that almost all of the tech workers that The Church hires are
temporary (Contingent or Contract), and are one to two year positions, that
means that they must constantly have many more open positions that are listed,
since these temporary workers are there for a short time. Thus, the need for far
more hiring than other companies.With that, I remain unconvinced
that The Church actually employers more tech workers than other companies. It
might be true that The Church has more tech workers than anybody else in Utah,
but we can't make that conclusion based on the number of positions that
they have filled recently.
@Say No,4 years ago, I moved back home (I grew up in Sandy) from an
associate professor position at a Big 12 university to join one of those top-10
tech employers listed in the article. One of the reasons I decided to move was
*because* the job is in downtown. I also chose to live in Salt Lake City proper.
Last year, I passed on a job opportunity doing a similar job in Draper, because
that company wasn't easily accessible via transit, and I didn't really
want to spend every day in an unwelcoming, far flung suburb.Don't assume that everyone in the world has the same preferences as you.
I was wondering...how many of those companies are actually in Salt lake CITY?Some of those names are actually nin Draper, Sandy, even Utah County.So I ask, how many have major operations within the city limits?Perhaps we are evaluating a broader MSA, and calling it Salt Lake City.
This is important when it comes to planning/taxation/clout. Businesses and
employees aren't coming here to live in Jackie's Kingdom. Quite the
I’m not particularly surprised to see the church as the top high-tech
hiring company but what I am surprised to see is that they can hire that many
people at the salaries they pay. They must be hiring new graduates rather than
experienced. At some point the church should look at their compensation package
and make it more comfortable for their employees.
I was surprised that the L. D. S. Church was the number one employer of high
tech workers. But come to think of it Salt Lake City is the world headquarters
for it’s million of members. I think probably the genealogy department
also uses a lot of workers to carry out research also.
I think the tech fields, particularly web development, are the poster children
for why everyone should go get a little extra education past high school, even
if it's not a complete four-year degree. There are tons of well-paying
jobs, even in the tech sector, that really just require a little bit of training
and a portfolio to show that you know what you're doing. I know a lot of
guys who draw in respectable, middle-class incomes while still in college
because they take the time to learn some web programming skills, either on their
own or in a class. By the time they graduate, they have a lot of experience, a
degree, and six-figure job offers.