The fastest-growing cities in the country when it comes to technology jobs posted on Dice may have been unexpected in the past. But, with communities coming together to support start-ups, court large employers and fund STEM education initiatives – no one should be surprised that “traditional tech centers” needs a new definition.
St. Louis – The Golden Arch – The number of St. Louis-based technology jobs posted on Dice jumped 25 percent year/year. And those new tech jobs are coming at a higher price tag too: average tech salaries are up 13 percent year/year to $81,245. Popular jobs? Developers, programmers and consultants. St. Louis is becoming a start-up town, with support from the St. Louis Information Technology Entrepreneur Network. One to watch: Mortgage Returns.
Charlotte Recharged – Tech recruiting activity in Charlotte is off to a fast start in 2013, with job postings on Dice up 22 percent year/year. That’s impressive growth considering North Carolina’s tech workforce already grew six percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A new wave of investments in energy is underway in Charlotte which could provide a further boost for technology and engineering jobs.
Phoenix Rising – The number four just keeps coming up for Phoenix. Not only is it the fourth ranked fastest growing city for technology job postings, Phoenix also ranked fourth-fastest in the country for tech salary growth, up 12 percent year/year to $83,607, according to the Dice Salary Survey. How many Fortune 500 companies are located in Phoenix? You guessed it – four. One such big, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, is mining for Sharepoint talent.
Detroit Tech City – Detroit is the only two-timer on the list, having worn the crown for fastest growing city in 2011, as measured by job postings on Dice. Back then Detroit had more than 800 tech jobs posted on any given day, now it’s more than 1,100. Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology association, ranked the Greater Detroit region among the best for its strong record of students completing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.