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Technology Career Opportunities: Top Cities for IT Jobs

October 31st, 2011

Jobs in the technology sector are on the rise, according to the US Department of Labor and Statistics (DOL), which shows that Information Technology is expected to grow at a much faster than average rate and provide the most jobs for all industries during this decade. While there are IT jobs readily available in most regions, there are some hot spots in the nation where there is a higher concentration of opportunities.

CIO Recently released some updates on the IT career market, giving an overview of the top cities for IT jobs. Here’s a run down of the top 7…

New York City – This mecca of new technology is the second highest producer of technology related jobs in the world, with over 315,000 IT jobs with some of the biggest software and financial companies. With IT annual salaries ranging from $62,000 to $91,000 USD, there is a small gap between entry level and more seasoned IT professionals, making it a great place for new grads to start searching for a job.

Washington DC – The nation’s capital has long been a place of innovative thinking, so it should not be surprising that IT jobs abound here. DC has over 290,000 IT jobs with mid to large corporations that work directly with the government, as well as multiple financial and technology companies that grace this temperate region. Salaries range from $55,000 to $92,000 USD annually, and many areas still have a reasonable cost of living.

San Jose, CA – Silicon Valley still boasts some of the top IT jobs in the world, with technology geeks making up a high concentration of the population since the Dot.com era. Look for above average salaries in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, due to tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Apple leading the way in Web 2.0 and consumer technology development.

Boston, MA – Beantown would not be the same without it’s massive IT pool of professionals who are earning between $57,000 to $95,000 annually, with one of the best places to live and raise a family. Red Sox fans will love that they can work and play hard in a variety of jobs in IT, alongside some of the leading professional minds of this century.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – The lonestar state is home of Ross Perot, former presidential candidate and founder of tech giant EDS. Perot is not the only big thing around Dallas however, as there are some 176,000 tech jobs in the private sector, with salaries ranging from $48,000 to $83,000 USD annually.

Los Angeles, CA – Not far from Silicon Valley is the second largest concentration of IT jobs on the West coast in the “City of Angels”. This area has some 170,000 IT jobs, many of which pay in the $47,000 to $83,000 USD range per year, with plenty of cool places for techies to unwind after a hectic project at the beach or favorite entertainment venues.

Chicago, IL – The “windy city” is the best place in the central United States to find IT jobs, with some 164,000 technology jobs with large financial and software firms making up the most. While the weather can be frightful, the salaries are delightful with a $48,000 to $81,000 USD range per year.

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