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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.

What's in demand in St. Louis? According to survey data, 60 percent of the St. Louis technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments, followed by database management and desktop support with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

4. Texas
Texas saw 3.2-percent growth with areas like Houston and Austin stealing the show in terms of job numbers.

"Texas is Texas; it has one of the strongest economies in the U.S., so it's not a mystery why there is good job growth there," says Melland. "Throw in a great tech center like Austin that continues to do well and with the oil and gas boom that's happened over the last two years greater Houston has added quite a bit as well."

Some of the major players, according to Dice job board numbers, include Dell, Electronic Arts, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Xerox and Verizon and various defense contractors.

Inside Houston
Within the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report survey 10 percent of Houston-area technology executives who responded expect to expand their IT teams in the third quarter of 2013.

Fifty-one percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 32 percent plan to put hiring on hold and five percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Eighty-eight percent of Houston CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 61 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.

What's in demand in Houston? According to the Robert Half survey, 70 percent of Houston CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. The most challenging skills to find, however, are within the functional areas of data and database management, applications development and networking.

5. New York
Clocking in at number 5 is the Big Apple. New York is one of the largest tech centers. In fact, it's the largest state on Dice's job boards as it relates to jobs listed.

"Like Massachusetts, you expect New York to be at the top of the list. The recovery of the financial services industry is driving a part of that. New York has always been a strong media, advertising and technology community. There is an effort by Mayor Bloomberg to team up with Cornell University to create a technology campus right in the middle of the city. This is just getting started but it's a long-term effort to build into New York the kind of education and 'recent grad flow' that you would see in Boston and Silicon Valley," says Melland.


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