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Gaming, Modeling and Simulation

"Through collaborative mod-sim and visualization research and development, VMASC (Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center) has become one of the world’s leading research centers for this high tech, in-demand industry. Hampton Roads’ schools offer numerous M&S academic programs, providing a significant supply of talent and fresh ideas, which ensures the future success of VMASC. Annually, the Center conducts approximately $6 million in funded research, which ensures our students remain ahead of the curve and among the most knowledgeable and skilled in the world."
-John A. Sokolowski, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center

Since the inception of modeling and simulation, the Hampton Roads region has been at the forefront of the field. Recognizing the vital cost-saving potential of the modeling and simulation industry, the Commonwealth began an initiative in 2005 to ensure it remained globally competitive. As a result, Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers in the country, totaling over 172,000 employees. Hampton Roads’ thriving tech industry is as diverse as it is cutting-edge. Area graduates are also skilled in computer game design, an $80 billion dollar industry.

Key Companies

  • Alion Science and Technology Corporation
  • Allied Technology Group
  • Command Post Technologies
  • General Dynamics
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Lyon Shipyard, Inc.
  • MYMIC
  • SAIC
  • TQI Solutions

Regional Industry Highlights

  • Since 1990, 138 patents with M&S applications have been identified in Hampton Roads.
  • There has been a total of $11.3 billion of statewide investment in this industry over the last decade.
  • Virginia’s tech industry ranks 4th in the nation, employing over 172,000 people.

The chart below shows the number of people working in a sampling of high tech positions and their average annual wage.

Number Employed and Average Salary of Workers in High Tech Positions
  Number Employed Average Annual Wage
Computer and Information Systems Managers 1,600 $128,530
Computer Systems Analysts 2,920 $80,630
Software Developers 5,530 $93,920
Computer Network Architects 570 $83,370
Computer Hardware Engineers 230 $111,940

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014

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