What We Do

Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth, with over 63,000 new jobs created in the last five years—and over 1,800 job openings for software developers alone in a one month period. To fill these jobs, the City of Seattle will help to train and place 350 people in tech jobs in 2016 and up to 2,000 people by 2020, in partnership with local tech employers like EnergySavvy, Skytap, and Substantial, and Moz, as well as community organizations such as Seattle Colleges, LaunchCode, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

The City of Seattle will also collect and analyze job data by partnering with LinkedIn and Burning Glass Labor Insights to help partners align training with the skills that employers like Amazon, Boeing, Expedia, and Microsoft are seeking. In addition to training providers like the WTIA Workforce Institute, Galvanize, and Code Fellows, Seattle’s TechHire initiative will also work to improve diversity and inclusion in the technology sector through training providers like Ada Developers Academy, a software development training for women; Unloop, training for people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in tech; and Floodgate Academy, a developer operations training focused on underrepresented communities.

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For more information about TechHire Seattle, contact David Harris.

Shadae Holmes

“Through a fluke I found the Ada Developers Academy, an alternative programming school for women in the Seattle area.  Their mentality is that it’s never too late to change your career into technology as long as you are committed, prepared to work, and have an aptitude for technology.”

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IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Seattle labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations


Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 100% Seattle
  • 55.5555555556% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Writing
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Organizational Skills

Software and Programming Skills

  1. JAVA
  2. SQL
  3. C++
  4. LINUX
  5. Microsoft C#

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Network Engineer / Architect
  4. Network / Systems Administrator
  5. Computer Systems Engineer / Architect

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Information Security Analysts
  2. Software Developers, Systems Software
  3. Computer User Support Specialists
  4. Web Developers
  5. Computer Systems Analysts

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Seattle TechHire effort a success:

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Seattle Colleges
Code Fellows
Ada Developers Academy
Floodgate Academy
WTIA Workforce Institute
Coding Dojo
Prison Scholar Fund
Kal Academy
Year Up
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
SkillUp WA
Burning Glass
Northwest Technology Equity Initiative
SM Diversity