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Top 10 states for tech jobs Growth

Rich Hein | Aug. 21, 2013
The IT job market has slowly and steadily been growing overall, but these 10 states have shown the most growth within the tech jobs sector. We talk to industry experts to find out what's driving the trends in these thriving markets.

Inside New York City
Robert Half numbers reveal that 13 percent of New York-area technology executives who responded expect to expand their IT teams in Q3 2013.

Fifty-nine percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 24 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold and three percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Eighty-seven percent of New York CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 69 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.

What skills are in demand in NYC? Some of the most challenging skills to find in the New York area, according to survey respondents, are within data/database management, networking and security. Seventy-six percent of CIOs reported that it was somewhat or very challenging find in the right people.

6. Washington State
The state of Washington saw a respectable 2.5 percent increase in tech jobs since the beginning of 2013, putting it at number 6 on the list. There are a large number of software publishers there and they pay well, according to BLS stats. "Washington is not a big surprise, driven by the Seattle-Bellevue corridor," says Melland.

Inside Seattle
In a recent Robert Half survey, 10 percent of Seattle-area tech executives said they expect to grow their IT teams in Q3 of 2013.

Fifty-two percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 27 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 12 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Seventy-nine percent of Seattle CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 58 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.

What skills are hot in Seattle? Sixty-one percent of the Seattle technology executives surveyed in the Robert Half survey said that desktop support is among the skill sets in greatest demand in the first half of 2013. Network administration and database management followed, with 57 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

7. Maryland/Washington, D.C.
Another part of the country that's a regular on the list is the Maryland/D.C. market, which saw a 2-percent increase in tech jobs since 2012. This trend, according to Dice, is driven by government agencies, defense contractors, and the companies and businesses that support them.

Some of the major players in D.C. metro area include Northrup Grumman, Zantech IT services, Lockheed Martin, Verizon and Marriott.

8. Colorado
Colorado experienced an increase of 1.8 percent in its IT jobs market and a lot of that growth is driven by Denver. Companies are relocating there due to low cost of living expenses.

 

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