From its vibrant red canyons to its incomparable river valleys to its soaring mountain peaks, Utah is blessed with scenic diversity. But don't be fooled into thinking the landscape is the only richly textured thing about the state—Utah has always had more than its share of technological innovators, and the number has been growing in recent years.

Silicon Slopes is a nonprofit organization that exists to help Utah's tech community learn, connect, and serve, and believes entrepreneurship should be open and accessible to everyone. 

Utah is one of the best places in the nation for software and engineering firms, and home to several notable companies. WordPerfect, Novell, and Iomega were founded in Utah, but now the state houses other tech-giants including Qualtrics, Ancestry, and  Xactware. And that's just a tiny sampling of the more than 5,200 high-tech companies that have located themselves here. Of those, 79 percent are IT firms. These companies employ a total of 66,000 people, and pay salaries 58 percent higher, on average, than the statewide annual nonagricultural wage, according to data cited in the Deseret News. 

Forbes magazine ranked Utah as the Best State for Business in 2016, and Provo—a city located in Utah Valley's technology-rich center—was ranked #1 on the list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Utah's technology abundance is one of the biggest reasons for the flourishing job market. Click here to learn more about Silicon Slopes, or check out personal interviews with some of the Slope's top CEOs here.