IT Job Numbers Dip in Tennessee, Projects Getting Under Way?

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There were fewer open IT jobs in Middle Tennessee during the first quarter, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Nashville Technology Council reported that in the fourth quarter of 2011, there were 1,044 tech-related jobs available. That number was down to 853, a decline of 18 percent, during the first three months of this year, indicating that some hiring had taken place. Given that so many areas complain about a shortage of tech talent, that would be positive. The number of open IT jobs in the state also fell 10 percent in the quarter to 1,269.

Health care remains one of the strongest sectors for IT hiring there, with HCA Inc. looking for 41 IT pros, followed by Community Health Systems with 35 open jobs, Emdeon with 19, HealthSpring with 13 and United Health Group with 12, reports The Nashville Business Journal.


In the Nashville area, the most-sought positions were analyst (231), developer (192), network engineer (113), management (63), Web-related (45), help desk (43), operations (34) and database (31).


Said John Kepley, principal and CEO at teknetex, a staffing firm sponsoring the report:

It's not uncommon to see a small dip in IT openings in the first quarter of a given year as companies better define new projects. This decrease is especially true due to the strong hiring trend in 2011. The demand for technology professionals remains strong and the market is extremely competitive.

My colleague Don Tennant was writing about Middle Tennessee's need for tech talent nearly two years ago, so the job market there remains robust.


There was more good news for Tennessee recently, being named No. 4 in Chief Executive magazine's list of the Best States for Business. Not surprisingly, Texas ranked No. 1, as it did in the Forbes list I wrote about yesterday. California came in 50th, with commenters saying the state policies practically begged businesses to leave. Among the comments about Tennessee:

Good states have quality work force, affordable housing, good infrastructure and business-friendly regulations with low income taxes, none of these apply to Illinois or California but do so in Tennessee and Texas.

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