15 Top Cities and Employers Desperate for Tech Talent

What are the top cities and employers hungry for tech talent? As you might expect, the nation’s largest tech hubs—including New York City and Francisco—posted up the most tech-job postings in October, according to our new analysis of Burning Glass data. Nonetheless, other cities are also developing sizable tech ecosystems; innovation is no longer concentrated on the East and West Coasts.

Burning Glass collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, making it an ideal platform for conducting this kind of study. In October, New York City was easily the hungriest town for tech talent, suggesting that so-called “Silicon Alley” has indeed emerged as a full-fledged rival to Silicon Valley. San Francisco (however predictably) came in second, followed closely by… Atlanta?

Yes, Atlanta seems like it desperately needs tech talent, to the point where it beats out “traditional” tech hubs such as Boston and San Jose. We’ll have to keep an eye on the city for a few more months to see if this is the beginning of a longer-term trend (as opposed to a major company or two needing to hire hundreds of technologists all at once), but it’s clear that Atlanta’s years-long effort to attract tech firms might be paying off.

In addition, Atlanta has emerged as a fintech hub, and if there’s one industry that needs a huge amount of technologists, it’s fintech. If a “traditional” fintech city like New York doesn’t appeal to you (or your idea of reasonable cost of living), Atlanta might be worth your consideration.  

Here’s the overall list of cities:

If there’s one state on this list that’s going above and beyond, it’s Texas, which features three (!) top cities for tech job openings: Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Although Austin has a longstanding reputation as a tech hub (thanks to the presence of major companies such as Dell and Apple, in addition to a plethora of startups), the growing megalopolises of Dallas and Houston also clearly need tech talent.

Burning Glass also gives us some insight into the employers putting out the most postings for tech jobs. Here are the top 15 from last month:

What can we tell from this list? Contracting and sourcing firms, as well as the defense industry, are big hirers of tech talent. There’s also some fintech and healthcare thrown in here, as well. Big shocker, huh?

Many of these companies are massive, meaning they always need a wide range of technologists—from DevOps to developers and data scientists—to run existing systems; in addition, they’re also monetized enough to push into cutting-edge areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.), meaning they’re on the hunt for specialists.

One Response to “15 Top Cities and Employers Desperate for Tech Talent”

  1. Anonymous

    This survey is misleading, because it accounts for cities instead of metro areas. The three San Francisco Bay Area cities on this list (San Francisco, San Jose and Sunnyvale) have more job openings together than any other metro represented in the list. And the list excludes other major tech cities in the SF, Seattle and NYC metro areas, like Mountain View, Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, San Mateo, Bellevue, Redmond, Jersey City, Hoboken, Bridgeport, White Plains and others.