The number of tech jobs in the U.S. stood at 82,867 as of July, according to listings from Dice.com.
Dice, a career Website for technology and engineering professionals, issued
its monthly report on the number of tech jobs available in the United States,
which according to the company's data stood at 82,867 as of July 1, with full-time
positions making up 50,591 spots and contract positions occupying 35,331
positions. Part-time openings stood at 1,647, according to the report.
Based on the number of jobs posted by ZIP code on Dice as of July 1 and the
change as compared with the same period a year ago, the New York/New Jersey
area added the most jobs, with 9,707, a 17 percent rise. The Boston area, which
ranked fifth overall in number of jobs added (3,283), boasted the highest
percentage in growth (43 percent). In the second spot for number of jobs added was
the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region, with 7,847 jobs added, representing a 6
percent growth rate.
The third spot was occupied by Silicon Valley with 5,350 jobs added and a 20
percent rise in listings compared with July 2010, followed by Chicago, which
the reported listed as having 3,727 jobs, a 31 percent increase from the same
period a year ago. Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and Philadelphia
rounded out the top 10 in the listings.
On Dice, job postings get top billing because tech professionals hit their
search engine and job postings are their beacon to a new career move, said
Dice.com's managing director, Alice Hill. "But behind the scenes, another
central role is played by HR professionals and recruiters-mining the Dice
resume database to find qualified professionals who are a fit for their
organizations," she said. "In fact, the emergence of new trends often occurs
first in our resume database, simply because 80 percent of employers search
resumes before posting their job."
Based on Dice's insights, Hill said it's time to take notice of a group of
five trends. One trend is the iRise platform, which offers business software
application developers a high fidelity "test drive." iRise creates a
working preview of an app, allowing for tweaks before expensive coding begins.
Next is Commercial Off-The-Shelf (or COTS) software as a "boxed" solution
versus an online version. COTS software can be consumer-focused, like the
retail versions of TurboTax or Outlook, or incredibly complex, like the sonar
software Lockheed Martin produces for U.S. Navy subs, Hill noted. Following
COTS is the Crystal SDK. The Crystal software development kit allows iPhone and
Android game developers to integrate Chillingo's Crystal social platform.
Crystal users can create profiles, challenge and follow friends, and integrate
Facebook and Twitter.
The fourth trend concerns PeopleSoft Security. Hill said businesses use
Oracle's PeopleSoft applications to manage complex systems, from finances to
human capital and supply chains to CRM databases, and PeopleSoft Security uses
a hierarchical approach to limit data and application access to qualified
users. The fifth subject is NetApp, a storage and data management
solutions specialist. "Cloud and virtualization are big. More data, more
storage, more flexibility is driving demand for tech professionals who can
utilize NetApp's solutions and platform," Hill said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.