Dice Report: 7 Best Cities for Tech Jobs

The top U.S. cities for tech careers

Information Technology professionals, engineers, and other STEM specialists: Are you looking to relocate? You don’t necessarily need to head to Silicon Valley to make a good living. Tech job seeker site Dice.com came out with a new report highlighting the top seven U.S. cities experiencing a tech boom and desperately seeking tech talent.

According to the report, these cities have several factors in common: easy access to universities and schools (which provide more tech talent and incubate new ideas), a history of encouraging startup communities, and networks of well-established tech firms.

Here are the seven best cities for tech jobs with some pros and cons from Dice.com (and a couple that we added.)

Seattle, Washington

Job-posting Change (y/y): 19%

2015 Salary: $103,309

Salary Change (y/y): 3.9%

Pros: Seattle is home to established tech companies (Microsoft and Amazon are two); has an abundance of universities and schools tapped into the tech pipeline, and the local government is very supportive of tech initiatives.

Cons: Expect to find an expensive housing market.

 

Washington, DC

Job-posting Change (y/y): 19%

2015 Salary: $102,873

Salary Change (y/y): 4.6%

Pros: D.C. is packed with federal agencies needing IT professionals.

Cons: Commuting on the Beltway can be a nightmare.

 

Dallas, Texas

Job-posting Change (y/y): 12%

2015 Salary: $93,206

Salary Change (y/y): 1.7%

Pros: Dallas was recently named as the city with the most tech job postings on Dice.com.

Cons: The abundance of jobs creates fierce competition among potential job seekers.

 

Los Angeles, California

Job-posting Change (y/y): 7%

2015 Salary: $105,091

Salary Change (y/y): 10.2%

Pros: Los Angeles has an overflow of startups from Silicon Valley and then there’s the weather.

Cons: LA’s downsides include parking, smog, and traffic.

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Job-posting Change (y/y): 3%

2015 Salary: $103,675

Salary Change (y/y): 6.6%

Pros: Boston is an ideal city for workers skilled in financial services, biotech, and software.

Cons: The downside to this historic city is the often brutal winters.

 

Chicago, Illinois

Job-posting Change (y/y): 1%

2015 Salary: $95,655

Salary Change (y/y): 7.6%

Pros: Chicago has strong Big Data and healthcare IT markets. The city is home to a number of prominent universities.

Cons: Weather, gun violence.

 

Atlanta, Georgia

Job-posting Change (y/y): 1%

2015 Salary: $97,238

Salary Change (y/y): 12.2%

Pros: This city generally has a lower cost of living compared to other metropolitan areas. Atlanta also has great proximity to universities and research hubs.

Cons: The summers are long, hot, and humid.



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