Tech Employers Aren't Necessarily the Usual Suspects

Susan Hall
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On the Top 10 list of cities with the fastest-growing tech job markets released by Dice this week, only Boston stands among the perennial big names. No, not Silicon Valley, not New York, but Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Houston, Sacramento and Kansas City.


In Raleigh, home of Red Hat, Dice points to opportunities at banks and nearby universities. In Kansas City, it's financial services and legal firms. In San Diego, defense and aerospace companies are recruiting. (Full disclosure: I blog for Dice, too.)


And just as the possibilities for tech employment have moved far beyond Silicon Valley, tech jobs these days could be in any industry. New LinkedIn data show the winners and losers from the recent recession, but as Matt Asay notes at The Register:

... what is much less clear is just how much tech jobs are growing even within stumbling industries like telecoms, banking, retail, and more.

The recent Microsoft/IDC report projecting that nearly 14 million jobs will be created by cloud computing by the end of 2015 picks New York as the big winner with cloud adoption in these sectors:


  • Resource industries
  • Communications and media
  • Discrete manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Banking


Though tech pros continue to worry about what all the changes afoot will mean for their jobs, the move to cloud computing especially, a Network World article reiterates the point that moving to the cloud doesn't necessarily mean a reduction in IT staff, but different kinds of roles.


It could mean different kinds of employers as well. As Asay put it:

Most of these companies hiring tech professionals aren't even classified as "tech" companies. The likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft can only hire so many people. But as industries as varied as news media and banking reinvent themselves, they're seeking tech professionals to give them a leg up, and to both understand and invent the future.

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