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Common logic has a tedious tendency to stick around even after it’s become neither common nor logical. For example, despite what people might think, it’s been years since techies have needed to gravitate to New York City, Los Angeles, or the Bay Area to launch a career in tech.

You can spark a professional pivot wherever you are

While New York City, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area are indeed hotspots for tech, when we look at our data, we see that only 18% of our students fall within those cities or their metropolitan areas.

And this holds up to scrutiny. Tech is the most remote-friendly industry, so even if people do end up working for a company headquartered in one of these cities, they don’t necessarily have to show up in the office. In addition, our grads tend to prefer working at small companies, with 59% joining firms of fewer than 50 employees. And these smaller enterprises are located all across the country. After all, working in tech doesn’t always mean working in big techForget the Giants: You Can Work in Tech Without Working in Big Tech.

Examples of our grads who found success outside of these tech hotspots abound. Michigan-based Desiree BradishFrom Graphic Design to Code Design: Desiree Bradish’s TripleTen Story is now a full stack engineer. Tiffany HallA Teacher Switches to Tech to do Even More for Students: Tiffany Hall’s TripleTen Story is using tech skills acquired at TripleTen to change edtech from her home in Colorado. Pinwei WuA New Country, A New Career, A New Calling: Pinwei Wu’s TripleTen Story is applying her software engineering skills in Alabama.

So a career in tech is no longer limited to Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, or New York. The industry has advanced, opportunities have multiplied across the country, and companies in every state are eager to hire people knowledgeable in tech.

And that’s supported by our data. But check out our findings for yourself: dive into our student outcomes report for 2023 to see our stats on how career switchers like you have landed and thrived in tech.

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