Watch these tech cities in the making

Say “tech hub” and most people will think of Silicon Valley or New York. In recent years, however, other cities across the country have fostered strong and rapidly growing tech communities. In the Dice Q2 technical work report, several cities (including Austin, Boston and Dallas) all experienced significant quarter-over-quarter increases in job openings; other cities, including Atlanta and Washington, DC, continue to lead the way in tech job offers.

While the Jobs report offers a full breakdown of how cities perform in tech employment, we wanted to highlight a few cities that are becoming true tech hubs; each offers the unmissable mix of businesses, amenities and opportunities technologists need to thrive:

Austin, Texas (aka Silicon Hills)

Austin, once nicknamed the “City of the Purple Crown” in reference to the purple light that can be seen over the Texas city hills in winter, recently earned an equally fitting new nickname: Silicon Hills, a nod to the fact that the home of the iconic (and massive) University of Texas, the birthplace of SXSW and a burgeoning center for live music and creativity is building a vibrant tech scene which could possibly compete with incumbents like Silicon Valley and New York. In the past 11 years alone, the city’s population has swelled by almost 30%, and during that time it has also become home to some of the biggest modern players in tech. Here are some statistics:

The city has a strong technological history, hosting IBM, Dell and Samsung over the past four decades; Google, Facebook, Oracle and Atlassian today employ thousands of people in Austin. The city will also be home to a new Apple campus, a Tesla Cybertruck factory, the new Oracle headquarters and 8VC (the venture capital firm of Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale), among others. Already on the rise before the pandemic, Austin continued to be a favorite haunt for technologists and other workers (especially younger ones) moving from the coast due to the lack of Texas sales tax (and d ‘a lower cost of living than New York). and San Francisco), opportunities to work for startups and other interesting organizations, great nightlife, and an ongoing reputation for cultural progressiveness.

  • Population: 1,011,790
  • Cut: 319.9 square miles
  • Growth since 2010: 28.01%
  • Q / T growth: 25%
  • Ranking of technical vacancies in the second quarter: 6
  • Main hiring organizations: IBM, Deloitte, Accenture, Amazon, VMware
  • Main occupations: Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, Project Manager, Network Engineer Software QA Engineer
  • Average technical salary: $ 104,344

Charlotte, North Carolina (aka The queen city)

Charlotte has a rich history that stretches back to before the American Revolution. Chartered in 1768, she was nicknamed “The Queen’s City” in honor of Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Queen Consort of British King George III. With Charlotte’s attractive rents and cost of living, along with migration from other cities and North Carolina’s competitive incentives for organizations keen to invest in the state, it’s no surprise that The Queen City has continued to attract both tech companies and technologists over the years.

Healthcare provider Centene, fintech organization Credit Karma, and global electric vehicle company Arrival have all announced new locations in the region since mid-2020; they join Red Ventures, Passport, Bank of America and AvidXChange, to name a few. Charlotte is the 15th largest city in the United States, and technologists have choices in terms of where to live and work; students interested in a technology-focused degree can look to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which offers eight different computer science degree programs.

  • Population: 912,906
  • Cut: 307.2 square miles
  • Growth since 2010: 24.70%
  • Q / T growth: 9%
  • Ranking of technical vacancies in the second quarter: 11
  • Main hiring organizations: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Microsoft, Lowe’s, Humana
  • Main occupations: Software Developer, Project Manager, Application Developer, Network Engineer, Business Analyst
  • Average technical salary: $ 99,691

Atlanta, Georgia (aka Silicon fishing)

Atlanta takes its name from Martha Atalanta Lumpkin, daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin (previously her name was Marthasville, after her first name). He is also known and loved by other nicknames including The Big Peach, The City in the Woods and Dogwood City; we went with Silicon Peach, denoting the already large and ever-increasing concentration of high-tech development in Atlanta. In February, Airbnb announced plans to open a tech hub in the city, joining a growing list of companies moving to Atlanta, including Honeywell, GE and BlackRock. In the second quarter of 2021, Atlanta was just behind New York City in terms of the volume of tech job listings.

Atlanta has a lot to offer tech-driven organizations: leaders committed to economic empowerment, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a diverse technical talent pool, a creative culture, and low turnover. residential. Nearly 2 million jobs are expected to be created in the city by 2040. The city is already home to traditional industry giants Coca-Cola, Delta, Home Depot and UPS. For technologists, the city claims competitive wages, rents and house prices; For students, the city is home to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Emory University, ranked # 1 and # 2 for computer science programs in the state.

  • Population: 524,067
  • Cut: 135.7 square miles
  • Growth since 2010: 24.78%
  • QoQ growth: 18%
  • Ranking of technical vacancies in the second quarter: 2
  • Main hiring organizations: Capgemini, Home Depot, Amazon, Salesforce, Honeywell
  • Main occupations: Software Developer, Network Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Software Developer, Business Analyst
  • Average technical salary: $ 94,386

the Dice Q2 technical work report offers a lot more about these cities, including hottest neighborhoods, median house prices, and more. You’ll also learn which other cities and states have dominated in terms of tech job growth, which can help you make vital career decisions.

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