Technology

Technology is the making and usage of tools, systems, and processes that solve problems and improve current functions. This section focuses on many kinds of technology including information, green and energy, as well as the people and  businesses involved in them.

National Rankings provide data on how New Jersey compares to other states on measures of Technology.

State and Local Reports provide featured analysis of current Technology data within New Jersey and its impact on life in the State and the economy.

 


National Rankings compared to other states, New Jersey ranks...

Tied for 1st in Access to High Speed Broadband

January 9, 2014.   100% of households in New Jersey have access to combined download speeds of 3 Mbps and upload speeds of .768 Mbps.  According to the National Broadband Map of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, only Connecticut, Delaware, and the District of Columbia have similar access to high speed broadband.

10th in New State Economy Index

June 11, 2014.  In 2013, New Jersey's strong pharmaceutical industry and technology cluster around Princeton helped it keep a high ranking, although it was down from it's #4 ranking in 2013.   Produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the New State Economy index includes 25 different indicators designed to measure the progressiveness and technological advancement of state economies.  Massachusetts led the index, as it has for many years.  Mississippi was last. 

9th in the Number of Tech Industry Workers

May 13, 2013.   In 2012, New Jersey had 195,500 technology industry workers, up 700 jobs from 2011.  According to the TechAmerica Foundation, an information and telecommunications industry association, New Jersey ranked:

  • 6th in space and defense manufacturing jobs (7,100);
  • 7th in Internet and telecommunications (43,200);
  • 7th in research and development (33,400); and
  • 8th in computer systems design and related services (65,100).

8th in the Number of Technology Industry Establishments

May 13, 2013.   In 2012, New Jersey had 14,700 technology industry establishments.  According to the TechAmerica Foundation, an information and telecommunications industry association, this represented 5.5% of all establishments.  Their figures are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5th in Access to a Variety of Broadband Providers

January 9, 2014.   98% of households in New Jersey have access to more than 5 broadband service providers.   According to the National Broadband Map of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, only Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois, and the District of Columbia have more households covered by this diversity of providers. 

in Bottom Half for Municipal E-Governance

The websites for New Jersey's two largest cities ranked 54th for Jersey City (out of 100) and 92nd for Newark  according to the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark's 2012 report: U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Survey, 2010-11: An Assessment and Rankings of Municipal Websites.

12th Highest Job Concentration in STEM

May 23, 2013.  In 2013, New Jersey’s location quotient for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math employment was 1.1.  The location quotient measures STEM jobs as a percent of all jobs in the state relative to the same ratio for the nation. A location quotient greater than 1.0 indicates that a higher percentage of jobs locally are in STEM than for the nation as a whole. Data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

• 16th on the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), New Jersey ranks 16th out of 51 in the U.S. on its 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This ranking takes into account each state's energy policies and programs that promote energy efficiency within buildings, transportation, and industry. Information for the ranking is gathered from state agencies, commissions, programs, and organizations.

• 1st in Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT

Six of the top 100 best places to work in IT were located in New Jersey in 2012 according to Computerworld. The companies (and rankings) are: Verizon Wireless (6), Prudential Financial Inc. (15), Campbell Soup Co. (39), Automatic Data Processing Inc. (47), Heartland Payment Systems (51), American Water (95).

• 15th in National State Technology & Science Index

New Jersey scored the 15th highest in the Milken Institute’s 2012 National State Technology & Science Index that provides a nationwide benchmark for states to assess their science and technology capabilities, and whether they have the ecosystems for converting those capabilities into companies and high-paying jobs. Massachusetts ranked first and Arkansas ranked last.

• 7th in Number of Patents

With 4,345 patents in 2010, New Jersey had the 7th largest number according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office according to the State Science & Technology Institute. California had the most with 30,080 and Arkansas had the least with 4 patents.

• 37th in National Science Foundation Funding

New Jersey received $27.39 per $100,000 of state GDP in funding from the National Science Foundation in 2011 according to the Milken Institute. Colorado received the most with $128.51 and Nevada received the least with $11.20 per $100,000 of state GDP.

• Top 10 in Clean Technology Patents

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, New Jersey had 248 clean technology patents ranking it in the top 10 states in 2009.

• 13th in Number of Alternative Fueled Vehicles

New Jersey had an estimated 29,217 alternative fueled vehicles in use in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, an increase of 48.9 percent from 2005. California had the largest number with 176,619and West Virginia had the smallest number with 2,953.

• 3rd Highest Percent of Employees in High Technology Establishments

With employment in high-technology establishments 15.26 percent of total employment, New Jersey has the 3rd highest percentage, less than 1 percent behind Virginia and Washington, in 2008 according to the State Science & Technology Institute.

• 7th in R&D as a Percentage of State GDP

New Jersey spent 4.2 percent of its state Gross Domestic Product on Research and Development in 2008 according to the State Science & Technology Institute.  New Mexico spends the most with 7.65 percent and Wyoming spends the least with 0.4 percent of state GDP.

• 12th in the Number of Doctoral Scientists per 100,000 People

With 149 doctoral scientists per 100,000 people, New Jersey has 12th largest number in 2008 according to the Milken Institute. Massachuestts had the most with 328 and Arkansas had the least with 49 doctoral scientists per 100,000 people.


State and Local Reports 

Life Science Remains Strong in the Garden State

Analysis by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development reveals that in 2010, over three-fifths of the New Jersey workers employed in the biopharmaceutical and life-science cluster held at least a bachelor’s degree. More than 22 percent held a master’s or professional degree and 8.2 percent held a doctoral degree. The 2010 ACS data indicated that 1.3 million (35.4%) of New Jersey’s population age 25 and over held a bachelor’s degree or higher providing the labor pool of well-educated and talented workers, especially in scientific and engineering occupations. In fact, in 2011 New Jersey led the nation with the highest occupational concentration of biochemists and biophysicists and ranked second both in employment (5,580) and concentration of chemists.
 
 
 

Additional Technology Reports

 
Marc Holzer, Marc Fudge, Robert Shick, Genie Stowers and Aroon Manoharan, "U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Survey, 2010-11: An Assessment and Rankings of Municipal Websites," School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark, 2012.
 
Jason Timian, Advanced Manufacturing Creates the Products and Processes of Tomorrow, NJ Labor Market Views, Issue 13, September 2011.
 
 
New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission and The Office for Electronic Health
Information Technology Development, Implementation and Deployment, Health Information Technology Report, July 2010.
 
 

Data from the NJ DataBank may be used with the following acknowledgement:

Source: NJ DataBank (http://njdatabank.newark.rutgers.edu), a project of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Campus at Newark