Between companies like defense contractor Northrop Grummer and government operations like NASA, the West Virginia technology scene is well-established. But it’s not just technology companies that need talent. From oil and coal to manufacturing, the state has a wide array of job openings in areas like software engineering that they cannot fill. Over 71 percent of West Virginia employers point to labor shortages as a top concern.
West Virginia is proactively working to change that. In addition to the considerable tax incentives offered for companies focused on technology and heavily subsidized access to training, the state has gone so far as to offer workers $20,000 if they move to West Virginia and stay there for two years. Tech professionals like software engineers may as well make the most of that time by enrolling in an educational program that will help them cultivate in-demand skills.