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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.

"This is a market that is becoming interesting from a cost-of-living perspective. A few years ago you had companies like HP and Microsoft move operations here. You'll continue to see larger companies move tech operations because there is a good talent pool and the lower cost of living," says Melland.

Inside Denver
According to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Denver, executives plan to increase IT hiring during the third quarter of 2013.

Thirteen percent of Denver-area CIOs surveyed plan to expand their IT staff in 2013. Another 60 percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 7 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

"Denver's technology industry remains strong, and we continue to see low unemployment rates for certain in-demand IT positions. Steady expansion in the healthcare, financial services and high-tech sectors has stimulated demand for IT professionals who can help firms remain competitive, especially in the areas of network administration, telecommunications and desktop support," said Ted Hellmuth, Denver branch manager of Robert Half Technology.

What skills are in demand in Denver? According to Robert Half Technology data, 65 percent of Denver CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today and that it is most challenging to find the right people in the areas of help desk/technical support, networking and data security.

9. Illinois
The Land of Lincoln reached number 9 on the list for the first half of 2013. The driving force behind Illinois' tech job market is Chicago. "As Chicago goes, so goes Illinois," says Melland.

It's a diversified tech center but what creates a lot of the jobs is the tech operations of some larger companies. "It's less of a technology industry driven market and more large companies that need large technology staffs-- places like Sears, Tribune in the media space and Walgreens.

Inside Chicago
Robert Half Technology's survey of Chicago technology executives found that 13 percent of Chicago-area technology executives who responded expect to expand their IT teams in 2013.

Fifty-two percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 28 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 6 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Eighty-five percent of Chicago CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 63 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.

What skills are in demand in Chicago? Sixty percent of Chicago technology executives, according to a Robert Half survey, said that desktop support is among the skills seeing the highest demand. Network administration and database management followed closely with 58 percent and 54 percent, respectively.


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