9 Most Popular IT Jobs in Michigan: Systems Engineer, Data Analyst
If you know where to look, there's IT jobs for the taking in Michigan. We scoured the data and identified the best job opportunities in the state, and where to find them.
Finding an IT job in Michigan might prove a small challenge for IT professionals in the Midwest. We've pulled data for job listings and job descriptions throughout the country and analyzed the results. When it comes to current and available IT jobs in Michigan, the state has some of the lowest numbers of IT jobs relative to its neighbors. But that's not to say there are none at all.
Where are the Michigan IT Jobs?
According to our count, the state of Michigan has something in the range of 200,000 IT jobs, either currently held or posted as available. The huge majority of those are all located in the southern section of the Lower Peninsula. If you're an IT professional and you're looking for work in the Upper Peninsula, be aware: the selection is really small.
Another thing that sets Michigan apart from its neighbors is that the majority of its IT jobs aren't located in one metropolitan area. The city of Detroit has the largest share of the state's IT-related jobs at around 25%, but nearly every other state in the Midwest has one single metropolitan area that has more than half of all the state's jobs. Now, that said, when all of Detroit's many dozen suburbs — like Troy, Southfield, Farmington and Warren — are taken into account, that number jumps up closer to 60%. But some of those cities like Lake Orion have a good number of IT jobs and are as far as 30 miles from downtown Detroit.
Find out what we've uncovered are the top 9 IT jobs in Michigan, and where to find them. We've also included information about what industry certifications are available in each job to make you more competitive in the field. If you're interested in visualizing where all of the IT jobs in the country are located, check out our interactive map, State of IT Jobs.
9. Project Manager
Project manager starts our list of top IT jobs in Michigan. Anywhere there are companies looking to get things done, there are project managers spearheading that work. In the IT world, project managers are responsible for every part of planning, coordinating and completing digital projects. Sometimes that's installing software updates across an office, other times it's planning a usage audit and ordering new hardware to update capabilities.
The work varies widely from business to business, but project managers are needed throughout the state. Most companies that can support teams of project managers will be in Detroit and its suburbs, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo or Lansing, or their suburbs.
8. Software Developer
Businesses all across Michigan need software developers; usually IT firms have the biggest pool of developers, but financial institutions, educational organizations and large corporations have need for them too.
To find the biggest pool of software developer jobs in Michigan, our data indicates that Detroit and its suburbs like Pontiac, Rochester or Sterling Heights are good places to start. Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Lansing also have enough companies hiring IT professionals that software developers could look there for positions as well.
7. Business Analyst
Business analysts are needed to process data about transactions, investments and even network usage and find ways to plan for improvements and efficiencies all over Michigan.
Business analysts in Michigan could look to Detroit and its suburbs to find work with companies like CDW, Crossroad Technologies, or Ally Financial — all of which are some of the biggest employers of IT professionals in the area. For those looking to get away from Detroit, CDW is also a large employer in Grand Rapids, as is MedData, Spectrum Health, and i3 Business Solutions.
6. Network Administrator
If you're a network administrator in Michigan, your job comes in on our list at No. 6 for the top IT jobs in Michigan — and jobs are available for it all over the Lower Peninsula. If you want to live in Michigan, but want to avoid Detroit and its suburbs, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek all have jobs posted for certified network administrators.
A common certification in the industry to validate excellence in network administration is the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). As an entry-level certification, it's a perfect way not only to round out your experience and education in the field, but to signal to future employers that you take the role seriously, and you're up for advancement.
IT jobs in Michigan that list CCNA in the description or application requirements are available mostly in Detroit, Farmington, Southfield, Warren and Troy. In the Upper Peninsula, Sault Sainte Marie has only a few CCNA positions, and Iron Mountain also has a handful.
5. Network Engineer
Network engineer is another IT job that has availability throughout the state. In many other Midwestern states, positions for network engineer tend to be located almost entirely in one city and its suburbs. However, in Michigan, hundreds of network engineers work in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Jackson, and Kalamazoo. Even Flint has many network engineer positions.
Coming in at No. 5 on our list of best IT jobs in Michigan, network engineers are most often distinguished by having a number of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) family of certifications. These industry-level certifications help to set apart the true professionals in the group. Network engineers who want to find jobs in Michigan should seriously consider earning their CCIEs, particularly CCIE Data Center, CCIE Wireless and CCIE Security.
4. Senior Network Engineer
If you're a network engineer in Michigan, you should be happy that while network engineer is the No. 5 IT job in Michigan, senior network engineer is fourth. That means that as you progress through the position and gain more experience and training, you'll become more valuable and more in-demand throughout the state.
If you're a senior network engineer looking for work in Michigan, your options of where to look will begin narrowing, and mostly you'll have the best luck in Detroit and its suburbs. All of the cities we mentioned for network engineers above still apply, but as you move upward in responsibility, there are fewer companies that have need for a specialized expert.
According to our data, Detroit and its suburbs have something in the range of 70% of the jobs posted in Michigan that require a CCIE certification, so it stands to reason that the majority of senior network engineer positions will be there too.
3. Software Engineer
Like many other positions on this list, software engineers will most likely want to start their search for jobs in Detroit's suburbs, where the majority of IT jobs are posted in the state. While Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and even Wyoming all support some software engineer positions, they're limited when compared to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Troy and Warren, which all have significant numbers of expert level software engineers.
If those suburbs appeal, companies like Accenture, Community Choice Credit Union, Beaumont Health, and Alion Science & Tech are all large IT employers in those areas.
2. Data Analyst
Coming in as the No. 2 IT job in Michigan, data analysts are in demand anywhere in the state that supports large numbers of IT personnel and handles large transactions and networks. In Michigan, that typically means Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Lansing, which the top four cities for IT jobs in the state.
1. Systems Engineer
Across Michigan, our data tells us that systems engineer is the top IT job in the state. Opportunities stretch from the state's southern cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Lansing and even head into the Upper Peninsula with positions listed in Sault Saint Marie and Iron Mountain.
Systems engineers in Michigan looking to set themselves apart from their peers have a number of certifications to consider, including the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or even the Certified Ethical Hacker. The knowledge required to earn these is highly attractive to employers all over the state of Michigan.
Explore the State of IT Jobs Map
If you're interested to learn more about IT jobs across the country, as well as certifications that can help you be eligible for those jobs, you should check out our interactive map of IT jobs across the country, State of IT Jobs.