TechAmerica Foundation's newly released Annual Cybercities report, covering the state of America's local markets for technology jobs, slices and dices the data in a number of interesting ways. But since it deals with 2009 data, it's hard to say how relevant it is now. It's talking about the depth of the recession, and we don't need anyone to tell us how bad that was.
In fact, 53 of 60 major cities lost tech jobs during the period studied and in total, around a quarter-million jobs were cut. The biggest surprise? The job market with the highest rate of IT job growth was Oklahoma City. I know that's hard to believe, but as All Things Digital points out, its net gain of 900 jobs was part of one of the smallest overall pools, with just 18,000 jobs total. Others top cities in job growth: Huntsville, Ala., and San Diego. You can check out various cities here.
Still, Oklahoma City has been getting good press lately on its ability to recover from the recession. And as fellow blogger Don Tennant points out, you can greatly improve your job prospects by being open to relocating.
Add another factoid about Silicon Valley: Tech wages there had the steepest decline of all the cities studied, falling by about 10 percent, as Computerworld points out. Nevertheless, those workers were among the best-paid in the nation. The average wage for a Silicon Valley tech worker was $132,500 in 2009, down about $15,000 from the year before. In light of that, is it any wonder that tech pros there are grabbing all the dough they can get now?
The report found the largest tech workforce is in New York, with 316,971 employees in the industry; Washington had 292,969; Silicon Valley, 225,575; Boston, 219,798; and Dallas-Fort Worth, 174,848. I've been hearing on a number of fronts that New York is the hot IT job market right now, but also that tech hiring overall is picking up-and salaries, too.