Revived or suppressed. Fits and starts. Urgent or measured. These are terms that have described the tech job market since the beginning of 2010. Today, after two years of continuous improvement in recruitment activity on Dice, tech is a market-by-market story.
There are certainly many available tech jobs in traditional centers like Silicon Valley, New York or Seattle. But, other cities continue to join the party — creating interesting opportunities for tech professionals in other regions.
It’s important for tech professionals to remember with growing opportunities comes expanding options — if you’re willing to be flexible about where you live. Consider going for that promotion, asking for a raise or changing it up and finding that new opportunity.
Scroll through for the fastest growing urban markets for technology jobs, as identified by Dice.com.
Raleigh tops Dice’s list of fastest growing cities for tech jobs. With more than 1,100 opportunities on any given day (+50 percent yr/yr), tech professionals in Raleigh enjoy a broad base of possibilities, including current openings at banks and nearby universities.
Richmond comes in second with a 40 percent yr/yr job growth rate for tech jobs.
In Houston, tech job postings on Dice (+37 percent yr/yr) are flattered by the oil and gas industry’s strength.
From north to south, California has more to offer tech professionals than just Silicon Valley. In Sacramento, firms in healthcare and technology are hiring (+37 percent yr/yr) and tech paychecks have jumped six percent yr/yr to $87,000 on average.
Kansas City-based tech professionals can expect to take home more than $75,000 a year (+13% yr/yr) and job opportunities can be found at financial services and legal firms. Overall job growth as up 30 percent yr/yr.
Portland — often called the “Greenest City” — where the emergence of cloud and virtualization jobs are contributing to its current growth, saw an 29 percent increase in tech jobs yr/yr.
In St. Louis, where manufacturing and healthcare companies are looking for tech talent, yearly tech salaries hover around $71,000. Yr/yr job growth was 26 percent in St. Louis.
In San Diego, tech salaries average more than $85,000 annually, while defense and aerospace companies are recruiting. Job growth is up 24 percent yr/yr.
The only top 10 tech market to also make the fastest growing city list — Boston — with more than 3,300 job postings on Dice, up 24 percent year/year. Annual tech salaries increased two percent to more than $88,000 on average.
Last but certainly not least, Denver saw a 23 percent increase in tech jobs yr/yr.