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Midsize cities may be hotter for tech jobs than larger ones

According to a new analysis, smaller populated cities such as Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore and Hartford, Conn., actually outrank many large cities such as Dallas and San Francisco in available tech jobs.

According to CareerBliss, an online career community, midsize cities may be hotter for jobs than larger cities, especially for tech and engineering. The information is based on analysis from 2010 that evaluates what cities had the highest number of open job listings per metro area. CareerBliss projects the top hiring cities for the new year and found that for 2011, smaller populated cities such as Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore and Hartford, Conn., actually outrank many large cities such as Dallas and San Francisco. The data reveals that it is not always the larger metro areas that provide more job opportunities; rather, if there is a large need for technology, sales and engineering, a medium-sized city can easily be a key area for job growth.

Top 20 cities and the average annual open jobs listed:

1 New York 779,778
2 Washington 695,566
3 Chicago 608,375
4 Los Angeles 528,870
5 Philadelphia 457,918
6 Boston 424,726
7 Atlanta 335,493
8 Charlotte 303,725
9 Dallas 293,691
10 San Francisco 283,080
11 Seattle 270,747
12 Pittsburgh 243,136
13 Baltimore 236,672
14 Denver 227,272
15 San Jose 222,647
16 Phoenix 186,657
17 Hartford, Conn. 174,705
18` Miami 169,160
19 Houston 167,555
20 San Diego 149,513

Typically larger cities post more job openings, but CareerBliss data shows a different trend. Heidi Golledge, Co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss says, "In 2011, you will see an increase in hiring in medium-sized cities such as Baltimore, and Hartford Conn., which came in fifteenth and seventeenth on the list.  Outranking the city of Houston, Baltimore owes its growth to their heavy concentration of jobs in the health, science and technology industries. When looking for a new career opportunity in 2011, it is vital to keep in mind not only the job and industry type, but location."

One location job seekers may not typically think of in their search is Charlotte, North Carolina. With a population of about six hundred thousand people, Charlotte outranks cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Diego, which have more than one million people in their metro areas. Data shows a heavy surge in information technology from companies such as BAE Systems which has invested more money into their Charlotte location and added jobs to the area. The upward hiring trend for these twenty cities is expected to continue well into 2011.


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.


This is another of those DUMB, hey guys, lets make some work for ourselves, thus we can keep our useless jobs by giving out useless information, articles. This ranking business, without taking into consideration other big picture factors, makes it a bit skewed when using only the definition of cities as ones basic criteria. A better classification of "cities" should be along the lines of MSA's (Metropolitan Statistical Areas.) As the economic boundary lines of cities are blurred beyond recognition, these days. I mean, some folks drive 100 miles to work in a city. Does this mean they are counted in their home area or in the city where they work? As an example, Minneapolis, taken alone, is the 48th largest city by population, but when the MSA of Minneapolis - St. Paul - St. Cloud is accounted the regions rank jumps to 16th largest in US. Putting it 17 places ahead of Charlotte's MSA. The Twin Cities MSA has a population of 3.3 million while Charlotte has 1.7 million. Combine just the population of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul pushes the total to 667,831 placing it ahead of 19th ranked Boston The population of the city of Boston is about 645,169 with an, according to Career Bliss, annual open jobs listing of 424,726. If you take the Career Bliss info at face value, we're talking "city" measurements here, it means that Boston has 65% of it's population applying for those new jobs. Unrealistic! Minneapolis - St. Paul - St. Cloud, which has the lowest unemployment rate of the largest MSA's at 6.5%, at 49th, has been less affected by the economic downturn than most other MSA's of the country. Boston is the next largest MSA coming in at 98th with 7.4% unemployment So, MSPSC MSA, with a population of 3.3, if using Boston's 65% criteria of open job listings compared to "city" population, should have over 2,145,000 open job listings. Yet where is MSPSC on your list, or for that matter Minneapolis/St. Paul as stand alone cities. In this bit of PR for Career Bliss specifically, Charlotte NC in general and your own, post holiday's lazy reporting, Toni Bowers, while the job listing figures individually are probably correct, the inference in their application is not. When put into a broader context, the simplification that Career Bliss, and you Toni Bowers, are looking for here doesn't bear any fact or relationship to the economic realities of the cities, states or the national economies as a whole. Why, because you left out the 13th largest "msa/city" in the country. And that undoubtedly has to throw off the measuring stats immensely.


Actually, Raleigh has more opportunity than Charlotte (also bigger than Charlotte now). While Charlotte is primarily banking, Raleigh has RTP, which has IBM, Pharma. Cos., RedHat and many other hi-tech companies. I haven't checked recently, but the last time I knew, Raleigh had a lower unemployment rate than Charlotte.


I would like to see a comparison between mid-size and large cities with per capita numbers as well as the raw numbers to get a real idea of this kind of study. New York is HUGE, NOT mid-sized. San Diego may be mid-sized and the number looks small, but looking at Dice listings is endless!


The post says, "smaller populated cities such as ... Baltimore ... actually outrank many large cities such as San Francisco." says the 2009 population estimate for Baltimore is 637,418, while it is 815,358 for San Francisco. Thus, 637,418 makes a "smaller populated" city while 815,358 makes a "large" city. I would have expected the difference between smaller and large cities to be greater than 178,000. Also, Baltimore had fewer "annual open jobs listed" than San Francisco, which seems to defy the premise of the article.


Wait a minute. Your article says Charlotte has a population of 600,000 and has 303,000 job openings?


Bobc4012, I will agree on two things the RTP has alot of high tech companies and Raleigh's unemployment rate is lower than Charlotte's. Now, in terms of opportunities the RTP doesn't have the opportunties anymore, the RTP has had the most reduction in employees the past 2 years a total of 375,000 employees have lost their career jobs in the RTP.


303,000 is is for job openings per year so if we assume about 350,000 employed folks for 600,000 (based on national average)that means there could be alot of turnover in a year in Charlotte. Or, could mean a high percentage of temp jobs? Or the fact that departments advertise sometimes for jobs they aren't going to fill just to satisfy HR or budget requirements.

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