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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.

Fifty-six percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 20 percent plan to put hiring on hold and 8 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter according to the survey.

Sixty-four percent of CIOs also said they were confident that their firms would invest in IT projects in the third quarter of 2013.

What skills are in demand? According to the Robert Half report, 60 percent of the technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Database management and desktop support followed, with 58 percent and 56 percent of the response, respectively.

"Boston's IT hiring environment remains competitive," said Kristen Johnson, Boston regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, "As companies seek professionals who can ensure their networks and data are secure, there is a shortage of IT candidates with the right skill sets, making it difficult to fill open jobs."

3. Missouri
Missouri's tech employment grew at nearly four percent over the same period in 2012. St Louis and Kansas City are where most of the growth is.

"You always have tech job growth in the major technology metro areas: Boston, Silicon Valley, Austin, etc. What we're starting to see is that some of these second-tier metro markets are really starting to grow. It's a reflection of two things: One is that many more companies have to have larger and more highly qualified technology staffs because of what's happened in tech, like the rise of mobile computing," says Melland.

"Companies have to do things today that they didn't five years ago. For example, you have to have a mobile app. You're probably doing something in cloud computing or security related engineering effort. That's created more demand for these positions in a new set of organizations. This is what is driving a lot of these secondary markets like Missouri and St. Louis specifically," says Melland.

According to Dice, data companies that are currently hiring in St. Louis and Kansas City include numerous tech consulting firms, IBM, Northrup Grumman, Verizon and Scottrade to name a few.

Inside St. Louis
Survey data from Robert Half Technology shows that 10 percent of St. Louis-area tech executives surveyed expect to expand their IT department in Q3.

Fifty-five percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 25 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 9 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

In the same survey, 83 percent of St. Louis CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 57 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.


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