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Infographic: Try these 11 U.S. cities (and one Canadian) to find an IT job

According to research done by Modis, IT jobs are growing and not just in Silicon Valley.

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sissy sue
sissy sue

Pittsburgh's transition from a steel town to a center for advances in technology, particularly IT technology, has been profound. "There's definitely something special going on here," said Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. "Entrepreneurial success is happening everywhere. Success is happening in Detroit. Good things are happening in Topeka, Kansas. But there is no way it's happening like it is here." http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_755247.html Carnegie-Mellon University itself has spawned 77 start-ups since 2000. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

mattwolfgang
mattwolfgang

The tech sector is stronger in both Dallas and Austin. The unemployment rates in Dallas and Austin are lower than almost all of the cities on this list. I work in IT and live in Dallas - the recruiting firms I work with are desperate for qualified people. This list includes several cities with very high unemployment rates. Let's be honest, unless you've got a guaranteed contract, does anyone really think a move to Detroit, or anywhere in Florida is advisable right now? What would your prospects be in those places if your original job didn't pan out?

TNT
TNT

First, the unemployment rate is higher than this graphic reports, and it is very high among IT workers. When the last big recession hit the state in 2000-2001 companies like HP and Intel laid off thousands of IT workers, which lead to an over-saturation of IT workers in the state. We still have not recovered. There are guys with MCITP's working tier one help desks for $20/hour. Denver is not a good choice if you are looking for employment in IT.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I have a brother-in-law with over a decade in service desk management for an Orlando area hospital with multiple sites. It took him eighteen months to find a new position in the field, and that was as a Level 1 tech. I also notice that Orlando has the second highest unemployment rate on this list, behind only supposedly recovering Detroit, with the other Florida city in third (Jacksonville).

robo_dev
robo_dev

What you didn't get the memo? Cleveland launched a naval assault across Lake Erie and claimed sovereignty over the greater Ontario area when you hosers were at the hockey game, eh?

giochajon
giochajon

The author could not find a u.s. city and had to throw Toronto as her number TWO on the list, there are more Canadian cities that could replace most of the cities the author mention, Calgary for instance has an unemployment rate around 5.1 % and number five on the list of the most livable cities in the world, but again is in Canada. if the article is comparing low cost of life and ample IT opportunities regardless of the location (as the author might think that all countries that speak English are part of the U.S.) they might as well cite Mumbai, India as a choice...

aviator41
aviator41

Really? Ontario on a list of US cities? this HUGE gaffe is enough to make this article completely illegitimate. I stopped reading the moment I saw that a Canadian city was on the list of U.S. cities where there is IT work.Why illegitimate? because if the author can't tell the difference between a US city and a Canadian city, how can they POSSIBLY know about the rest of the IT industry? Will someone please fire the idiot that wrote this article as well as the idiot editor that supposedly approved it's release?

obrien2013
obrien2013

One need only look a little deeper to see what is so wrong with this. Most of these locations are "Blue" strongholds who have done everything they can to move IT jobs overseas. "The auto industry is about to make a big comeback" ???? Really? Where? NYC is a top destination for Startups? Wow. San Fran's 7.6% unemplyment is low? What a mess. Who greased Modis to write this?

Richard Noel
Richard Noel

Whilst some may think of Canada as our 51st state, it is indeed a completely different country.

sissy sue
sissy sue

I have a friend in RETAIL who lives in Orlando, Florida. He was laid off when Borders died and he has been underemployed ever since. I would think that retail jobs would be plentiful, especially for someone who has over 30 years of experience in retail and especially in Orlando, but he has been really struggling. Of course it doesn't help that he is over 60.

fabiogil
fabiogil

Yeah right, too much Canadian Bacon ;)

TNT
TNT

It says "and one Canadian city".

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