California, New York Lead in Tech Hiring, but Competitors Emerge
States like Utah, Oregon and Maryland are catching up with tech employment leaders California and Virginia.With more than 650,000 tech professionals in computer systems design and related services, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California, Virginia, Texas, New York and Florida are the nations leading players when it comes to IT employment, adding 15,000 positions this year alone. However, a slew of up-and-coming states, such as Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, Utah and Minnesota, are among online IT recruitment sites on career Website Dices list of players to watch. With 6 percent growth in the number of jobs created this year in computer systems design and related services, Maryland tops the list of up-and-comers as local hospitals, biotechnology and health care services companies boost demand for qualified tech professionals, offsetting concerns at defense firms about the looming fiscal cliff and its impact on future employment. Massachusetts followed with 5.5 percent growth, and recruitment activity remains strong. Tech professionals will find more than 3,500 Massachusetts-based job postings on any given day, up 12 percent year-over-year, according to the Dice report.
Minnesota, which placed fifth on the list, with 4.2 percent growth, has given the states technology association the goal to make it one of the country's top-five technology states by 2020, although it faces heavy competition from Oregon, which placed sixth overall and boasts an average tech salary of greater than $80,000, which is even higher in software and chip development. Although Utahs tech workforce isnt as large as it is in some other states, it is home to a number of tech startups, and the state over-indexes in software at close to 1.5 times the national rate, according to the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development.