These U.S. Metro Areas Hired the Most Tech Pros Last Year
Where is the action for IT professionals?
While the “old school” tech hubs of Silicon Valley, Seattle, and New York City made impressive showings, demand for technologists was stunningly high in “up and coming” tech centers such as Atlanta and Dallas.
For a full breakdown, we turn to Emsi Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country.
According to that analysis, New York City led all metro areas over the past 12 months. Here’s the full list:
New York/New Jersey: 256,938
Washington DC/N. Virginia/Maryland: 229,886
Los Angeles: 172,475
San Francisco: 155,858
Silicon Valley: 116,680
Washington, DC and the surrounding region smacked into second place, a reflection of a burgeoning local market for technologists of all types. For many years, the federal government (and a huge number of federal contractors) drove demand for jobs in cybersecurity, software development, and more; but thanks to Amazon (which decided to build its massive HQ2 facility in Virginia, in addition to its sizable datacenter presence in the area) and other companies, there’s been a rise in non-government hiring for technologists.
Meanwhile, Dallas has benefited from the increasing prominence of Texas as a tech hub. Major tech companies such as Oracle and Tesla have shifted their headquarters from California to the Lone Star State, while companies such as Apple have built out their corporate footprint in cities such as Austin. The biggest tech-related employers in Dallas include some of the country’s biggest players in financial services, tech, and defense—companies like Raytheon, Deloitte, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citi.
Silicon Valley and San Francisco also enjoyed strong technologist demand this year. When the pandemic first started, many pundits and analysts suggested that the rise of remote work would dampen the area’s seemingly omnipresent hunger for technologists. However, it seems the region is still a strong magnet for tech companies (and tech talent)—and will likely remain that way in 2022 and beyond.
While it is still possible to live in Idaho or Vermont and participate in the “remote worker” trend, it seems that the big metropolitan areas are the place to be in 2022.