NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Silicon Valley is the traditional mecca for aspiring technology professionals, but job seekers who want to settle down in one of tomorrow's tech capitals should look to the South, the Northeast and other cities in the West, according to the latest report from online job board and researcher ZipRecruiter.

While the two highest-ranking metropolitan areas on the list are in the South, four others are scattered throughout the West. The list also includes cities that were economically dependent on heavy industry for much of the last century but are now trying to reinvent themselves as centers of technological innovation.

Characteristics common to all the cities on the list include a low cost of living, colleges and universities that act as research hubs, and a robust entry-level workforce, according to ZipRecruiter. 

Many include areas of the city specifically earmarked for technology companies, such as Eugene-Springfield's "Silicon Forest" in Oregon.

The list was compiled by analyzing the tech industry and jobs available in each of the metropolitan areas with positive job growth.

Looking for the next center of the technology industry? See which city was named No. 1.

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10. Eugene-Springfield, OR

  • Total population: 351,715
  • Number of open information technology jobs: 3,000
  • Types of companies that operate there: Hardware, renewable energy
  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

      Programmer Analyst

      Senior QA Analyst

      Network and Systems Engineer

      IT Services Manager

      Application Software Developer

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      9. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN

      • Total population: 1,792,649
      • Number of open information technology jobs: 20,430
      • Types of companies that operate there: Healthcare firms that need employees in STEM fields
      • Top 5 Tech Jobs:  

          Senior Programmer Analyst

          Information Security Engineer

          Systems Administrator

          IT Manager

          iOS Developer

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          8. Manchester-Nashua, NH

          • Total population: 403,895
          • Number of open information technology jobs: 2,700
          • Types of companies that operate there: Computer (Hewlett Packard (HPQ) - Get Report, Dell (DELL) - Get Report)
          • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

              Ui Software Engineer

              Systems Architect

              Java Developer

              Senior IT Project Manager

              Sharepoint Administrator

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              7. Boise City-Nampa, ID

              • Total population: 650,288
              • Number of open information technology jobs: 8,180
              • Types of companies that operate there: Computer (Hewlett Packard (HPQ) - Get Report) and software (Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report)
              • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                  Application Engineer

                  Filmware Engineer

                  Software Engineer

                  Mobile Software Developer

                  Net Software Engineer

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                  6. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

                  • Total population: 852,866
                  • Number of open information technology jobs: 28,370
                  • Types of companies that operate there: Software, security technology
                  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                      Senior Java Developer

                      TST Recommends

                      Infrastructure Architect

                      Java Developer

                      Operations Manager

                      Net Developer 

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                      5. Hartford, CT

                      • Total population: 1,211,280
                      • Number of open information technology jobs: 20,920
                      • Types of companies that operate there: Aerospace and defense (United Technologies )
                      • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                          Applications Engineer

                          Systems Analyst

                          Infrastructure Engineer

                          Java Developer

                          Data Architect

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                          4. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

                          • Total population: 310,487
                          • Number of open information technology jobs: 5,590
                          • Types of companies that operate there: Chipmakers (Intel (INTC) - Get Report) and computer (Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) - Get Report)
                          • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                              Software QA

                              SQL Server Database Developer

                              Application Software Developer

                              Test Engineer

                              Lead Systems Programmer

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                              3. Provo-Orem, UT

                              • Total population: 551,891
                              • Number of open information technology jobs: 8,570
                              • Companies that operate there: Internet service (Google Fiber  (GOOG) - Get Report (GOOGL) - Get Report), software
                              • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                                Technical Support

                                Python Developer

                                Field Technician

                                Software Engineer

                                Net Developer

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                                2. Raleigh-Cary, NC

                                • Total population: 1,242,974
                                • Number of open information technology jobs: 28,510
                                • Companies that operate there: Networking equipment (Cisco Systems (CSCO) - Get Report)
                                • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 

                                  Infrastructure Architect

                                  Design Engineer

                                  Tooling Engineer

                                  Java Developer

                                  SQL Developer

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                                  1. Austin-Round Rock, TX

                                      Java Developer

                                      Development Analyst

                                      Technical Writer

                                      Software Engineer

                                      Network Administrator