Best and Worst Cities For Tech Jobs

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Isn't it funny that, regardless what reports like this say, the worst place in the country to find a tech job is where YOU live?

Best markets to be looking for a tech job:
  • Baltimore-Towson, MD
  • Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  • Richmond, VA
  • Raleigh-Cary, NC
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ

Worst markets to be looking for a tech job:
  • Newark-Union, NJ-PA
  • Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Boulder, CO
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
  • Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
 

Kaitian

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Not even 1 southern city like Texas? Where or how the fuck did they sample this?
 

SkribbelKat

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Not even 1 southern city like Texas? Where or how the fuck did they sample this?

There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.
 

Ripperjack

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Not even 1 southern city like Texas? Where or how the fuck did they sample this?

Indeed. I thought at least Austin, TX would get a mention. They only have companies like Dell and Apple offices, located there. :rolleyes:
 

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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

WHAT?! Show me those locations. :)

I agree. I'm from Vancouver, WA and I think it's bullshit. I'm guessing they are oversampling because of the fact we have a lot of semiconductor companies in the area. Intel, Wafertech, McAfee, and HP are the big ones there but it's really hard to get a job with them. Not to mention that it's shrinking considerably except for Intel.
 

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There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.

Dallas or Austin Texas would like to have a word with you.
 

DMFD-Minister

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Someone please explain to me how Detroit is on the list of best places? The article is sloppy...the charts unordered without visible data sorting, and the criteria on which they based this is quite vague if not unintelligible.
 

wgm3446

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Follow the dots... Those are your best places to get IT Jobs:

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Lebowski

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I wonder if they are classifying IT jobs as entry level phone jockeys supporting consumer level products?
 

TechSys

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They must not have looked at Jacksonville, Florida. It is one of the worst places for Tech Jobs (or any job, for that matter). Unemployment lines around the buildings and down the street.
 

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Not even 1 southern city like Texas? Where or how the fuck did they sample this?

maybe its because you think texas is a city? ohh and sanford florida is pretty southern aint that were larry the cable guy is suppose to be from? LOL
 

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Follow the dots... Those are your best places to get IT Jobs:

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umm not really, i can put a whole in that with Miami, considering there are 2k people applying for every job listing in miami I wouldnt follow that dot
 

eon

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oh crap i work in one of the worse cities... so i guess these listings are purely based on demand?
 

sviola

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Interesting that Boulder, where IBM has a huge presence is a difficult place to get an IT job.
 

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My town has like nothing, just companies with little tech jobs, but as soon as a job is posted, it is taken within a week. My valley lacks tech jobs :(.
 

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Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC plenty of work if you have a masters and 8years+ exp
 

LeninGHOLA

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I agree. I'm from Vancouver, WA and I think it's bullshit. I'm guessing they are oversampling because of the fact we have a lot of semiconductor companies in the area. Intel, Wafertech, McAfee, and HP are the big ones there but it's really hard to get a job with them. Not to mention that it's shrinking considerably except for Intel.

I kinda agree. Vancouver WA is just where we stop to pinch a loaf on the way to Portland from Seattle.
 

sviola

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Interesting that Boulder, where IBM has a huge presence is a difficult place to get an IT job.
 

MavericK

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WHAT?! Show me those locations. :)

Good question. I think they just looked at a map of where large tech companies are (whether they are hiring or not) and called it good. :rolleyes:
 

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There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.

WTF??? You can't be serious
 

paco

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I get called enough about crappy level 1 stuff in Milwaukee. Never anything better than help desk though.
 

EchtoGammut

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This list really needs to be cross references with average starting pay. From everyone I know that has went job hunting, starting wages are drastically down...i.e. half what they were a year or two ago.
 

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There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.

What the what? Texas has its "own" power grid. Do we all wear straw hats and own cows to you or something?
 

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Wait, Santa Clara /Silicon Valley, CA isn't on this list? What BS is this?
 

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There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.

WTF??? You can't be serious

Seriuosly... Since when do the southern states not have availablity of reliable electrical power?

Maybe SkribbelKat is thinking it is still 1940.

I am in Huntsville, AL. Much better than trying to find a tech job with decent wages compared to Tucson, AZ where you might as well count on living in a shack or run down apartment if you ar doing IT work unless you get lucky and can get hired on by Ratheon or one of the other big companies out there.. and that isn't easy. Most companies out there want to pay you peanuts and want you to have 5+ years of experience in a very specific/narrow field on top of having a masters degree.

And even then, you better plan on either driving at least 45 minutes to work if you live in town or 45 minutes to town if you live near where you work.

If you don't work for one of the big companies and just do IT support type stuff or work in a shop, you better make it a point to learn Spanish cause Spanish only speaking "customers" are quite common.
 

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In Huntsville as well. Tech jobs here are very common, especially on Redstone Arsenal. Have no idea how we ended up on the bad list. :confused:
 

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Seattle is pretty good.....but it can be hard to get a job here if you are from out of town....because many of the residents are dicks who hate out of foreigners they call it the Seattle Freeze.
 

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Seattle is pretty good.....but it can be hard to get a job here if you are from out of town....because many of the residents are dicks who hate out of foreigners they call it the Seattle Freeze.

We already have one of the highest percentages of workers with college educations in the world. No, we don't want out of towners ;)

Nothing dickish about it.
 

Glyphic

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That list is bullshit. I live in Richmond, VA. Myself and everyone I know in this field have all spent significant time unemployed or at shitty non tech jobs. Finding IT work it hard as fuck in this city unless you have like 6 degrees and 10 yrs experience.
 

Cataulin

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That list is bullshit. I live in Richmond, VA. Myself and everyone I know in this field have all spent significant time unemployed or at shitty non tech jobs. Finding IT work it hard as fuck in this city unless you have like 6 degrees and 10 yrs experience.

Come down south bro, Im sure you can find something down here.
 

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Wait, Santa Clara /Silicon Valley, CA isn't on this list? What BS is this?

This...

The Silicon Valley/Peninsula/SF area isn't listed? WTF?

There are currently way more open positions than qualified engineers in the area.
 

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There's not a lot of technology in the southern states yet because people haven't really started to adopt office automation that then makes its way into households once it becomes commonplace at work. Until the south gets more reliable and more commonly available electrical power, this is probably going to stay true for the foreseeable future.

I really hope this was a troll attempt otherwise you might want to step outside that cave you're living in. At least in terms of Texas there's no shortage of electricity or tech jobs in the major cities.
 

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What the what? Texas has its "own" power grid. Do we all wear straw hats and own cows to you or something?

I wasn't talking like Texas in specific, but just southern states in general and not in a bad way that compares them to third world countries. There's pockets of technological advancement scattered around here and there in that region, but infrastructure (roads, water, power, etc.) and ideas like what you're saying, with Texas wanting to run their own grid have been holding back the developmental state for a while. I'm not going to be as mean as you can accuse everyone of owning cows or wearing straw hats, but I guess you're kinda making a good point.
 
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