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:
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 the former 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.