10 Best Growth Cities for Tech Jobs

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.


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: 
    1. Programmer Analyst
    2. Senior QA Analyst
    3. Network and Systems Engineer
    4. IT Services Manager
    5. Application Software Developer


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:  
    1. Senior Programmer Analyst
    2. Information Security Engineer
    3. Systems Administrator
    4. IT Manager
    5. iOS Developer


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), Dell (DELL))

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
    1. Ui Software Engineer
    2. Systems Architect
    3. Java Developer
    4. Senior IT Project Manager
    5. Sharepoint Administrator


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)) and software (Microsoft (MSFT))

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
    1. Application Engineer
    2. Filmware Engineer
    3. Software Engineer
    4. Mobile Software Developer
    5. Net Software Engineer


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: 
    1. Senior Java Developer
    2. Infrastructure Architect
    3. Java Developer
    4. Operations Manager
    5. Net Developer 


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 (UTX))

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
    1. Applications Engineer
    2. Systems Analyst
    3. Infrastructure Engineer
    4. Java Developer
    5. Data Architect


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)) and computer (Hewlett-Packard (HPQ))

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
    1. Software QA
    2. SQL Server Database Developer
    3. Application Software Developer
    4. Test Engineer
    5. Lead Systems Programmer


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) (GOOGL)), software

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
  1. Technical Support
  2. Python Developer
  3. Field Technician
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Net Developer


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))

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
  1. Infrastructure Architect
  2. Design Engineer
  3. Tooling Engineer
  4. Java Developer
  5. SQL Developer


1. Austin-Round Rock, TX

  • Total population: 1,943,299
  • Number of open information technology jobs: 50,920
  • Companies that operate there: Computer (IBM (IBM), Dell (DELL)), Internet (Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), eBay (EBAY)) and chipmakers (Intel (INTC))  

  • Top 5 Tech Jobs: 
    1. Java Developer
    2. Development Analyst
    3. Technical Writer
    4. Software Engineer
    5. Network Administrator

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