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10 Hot Cities For IT Pros In 2015

Sure, Silicon Valley is a hotspot for tech workers. But it's far from the only one, according to top tech recruiters. See if your town makes the list.
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Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh's downtown has been undergoing a commercial and residential makeover that includes a new 170,000-square-foot Citrix office. With Research Triangle Park (home to firms such as Lenovo, Cisco, and plenty of others), Durham, Chapel Hill, and three major universities all within shouting distance, the metro area has become fertile ground for IT job hunters. The area has seen a 23% year-over-year boost in tech hiring, according to Dice, which puts it tops on our list. Goli also pointed to the area's significant healthcare industry as a key growth factor. 

'Healthcare IT is extremely popular right now, and Raleigh is populous with healthcare corporations and high-tech research facilities,' he said. 

(Image source: James Willamor)

Raleigh's downtown has been undergoing a commercial and residential makeover that includes a new 170,000-square-foot Citrix office. With Research Triangle Park (home to firms such as Lenovo, Cisco, and plenty of others), Durham, Chapel Hill, and three major universities all within shouting distance, the metro area has become fertile ground for IT job hunters. The area has seen a 23% year-over-year boost in tech hiring, according to Dice, which puts it tops on our list. Goli also pointed to the area's significant healthcare industry as a key growth factor.

"Healthcare IT is extremely popular right now, and Raleigh is populous with healthcare corporations and high-tech research facilities," he said.

(Image source: James Willamor)

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Ariella
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2/25/2015 | 12:25:22 PM
Re: Come to Los Angeles: Just Don't Expect to Get Paid
@kstaron true, an upswing is good news for the industry and those who work in it.
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2/25/2015 | 12:20:43 PM
Re: Come to Los Angeles: Just Don't Expect to Get Paid
True, Baltimore and DC aren't the same city but it's possible with correct positioning you could commute fairly easily (as in about an hour commute) to either city. Everyone I've ever known that lived in Baltimore loved it. It looks like there is an overall upswing in IT hiring across the board, and that's good news no matter where you live.
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2/13/2015 | 2:12:15 PM
Talent the hard part
Interesting read, seems like more and more cities will become "hot beds" as industries all have to integrate more and more technology. We just started working withe a local agriculture company here in Grand Rapids Michigan that could not find any developers. I think you'll see more and more remote and internationally distributed teams in the future.
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2/12/2015 | 5:33:19 PM
Re: IT Cities: Encouraging News
Surprised to see Hartford on the list. I've seen a few of these cities (Portland, Denver, Boston) on lists of places that are just enjoyable places to live as well. Shouldn't be too hard to lure aspiring IT pros to these up-and-coming tech areas, especially those promising higher salaries.
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2/12/2015 | 3:50:54 PM
Seattle?
Kind of amazed Seattle isn't listed. Things are so hot here between the old establishment (Microsoft, Amazon, etc.) and all the startups, it's almost impossible to find qualified candidates that want to change jobs. Great time to be a geek in Seattle!
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2/11/2015 | 6:09:27 PM
Re: Come to Los Angeles: Just Don't Expect to Get Paid
I'm in NY myself, but I find it amusing that Baltimore is conflated with Washington. True, they're not terribly far apart, but they're hardly the same city -- not even the same state, as Washington is not part of Maryland.
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2/11/2015 | 11:19:36 AM
Come to Los Angeles: Just Don't Expect to Get Paid

I reside in Los Angeles and the tech opportunities are strong and growing.  Just don't expect to get what other cities offer unless you know someone.

Companies in Los Angeles think living in L.A. is enough.   Most don't care how you live so don't expect enough to do much of that unless of course  " you know someone".  

 

That always works for awhile in shallow L.A.

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2/11/2015 | 11:13:04 AM
IT Cities: Encouraging News

Some really surprising cities made the list.   I am happy to hear San Diego is becoming a hot bed for tech, I am on the West Coast - so Silicon Valley and Portland also hold allure.

 

I love the East Coast as well but don't want to work in the Financial or Insurance industries.

Looks like it is a good time to be a tech again - about time.

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