2013 job watch: Top 11 metro areas for tech jobs

IT staffing firm Modis reports the top 11 metro areas for tech jobs

Looking for a new IT job? Or a change of scenery? Across the U.S., companies are looking for IT pros with skills that can drive profits -- such as data analytics, software development and project management. But where is demand highest? Modis, which operates in 70 cities in North America and Europe, ranks the 11 U.S. cities where IT hiring is hottest. The staffing firm based its list on internal data, factoring in metrics such as historic and projected IT job openings. Each market's overall economic health and demand for talent are also worked into the rankings.

Note: Our source for metropolitan-area population data and income figures is the U.S. Census Bureau, and unemployment data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Omaha
Omaha

Web developer jobs are especially hot right now in Omaha, but that's not all. Healthcare IT, technology and manufacturing are the top industries looking for employees, and hiring managers are seeking expertise in mobile technologies, open source, project management and business analytics. "Due in part to a diverse economy, spread across many industries, Omaha is a fantastic place for those looking for new opportunities," Modis says. "From a regulation perspective, Omaha affords a pro-business climate and a conservative culture, both of which helped keep the city protected from downturn, even in uncertain times."

Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh

Known for being one of the country's best places to live and work, Raleigh, N.C., shares ninth place in Modis' ranking of the best cities to find an IT job. The most-wanted skills include project management, business analytics, help desk, and Java and .Net development. "Raleigh is a highly educated and tech-friendly community with opportunities in biotech, pharmaceuticals, software development companies, medical device companies and insurance companies," Modis says. "Raleigh is becoming a hub for tech companies and slowly becoming a model for how to do things right in the tech space."

Denver
Denver

Tied with Raleigh for ninth place in Modis' ranking, Denver is a hot IT hiring city thanks to demand from healthcare, retail, telecom and tech companies. The top skills in demand include software development, business analytics and help desk. "Denver is one of the most technologically advanced cities, and although it sometimes stands in the shadow of the larger tech cities, it is home to largely growing technology and telecommunications industries," Modis says. "There are also a growing number of startups that call Denver their home."

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Businesses in LA are looking for talent across many skill sets, including software development, business analytics and project management. The top hiring industries including manufacturing, banking and finance, aerospace and professional services. "Although the overall rate of unemployment in LA is high, the tech industry in the City of Angels is full of opportunity. Software and solutions architects are in demand, along with mid- and senior-level project managers," Modis says. "The healthcare and entertainment industries are seeing a great deal of opportunity, while finance IT jobs in 2013 may be winding down."

Boston
Boston

There's a wide range of opportunities for IT pros in the Boston area, where industries hiring include finance, insurance, transportation, utilities and professional services. Software developers are in high demand, as are analysts, project managers and database pros. "Companies are putting a big emphasis on 'white glove customer service,' and those who can provide Level III helpdesk support are in demand," Modis notes. "As the home of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge center has become a hotbed for startups, which are also providing opportunity for job seekers."

Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte

The wish list for IT candidates in the Charlotte, N.C., area is familiar -- project managers, business analysts, and Java and .Net developers -- and the top hiring industries are healthcare, energy and manufacturing. "This little big city is bustling with opportunity outside of the banking community Charlotte is known for. IT professionals with a few years of experience will find opportunity in the healthcare and energy industries that are growing in Charlotte," Modis says.

New York City
New York City

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push for technology innovation and employment will continue in 2013, Modis says, and with the influx of tech companies, demand for skilled IT professionals has grown. Financial services, technology and government are among the top industries hiring. "In the recession of '07-'08, mid-level employees were the people who took the greatest hit in the IT industry, with companies looking to lower-level employees to take on specific tasks," Modis says. "Now, mid-level employees are the most sought-after set of IT professionals."

St. Louis
St. Louis

An influx of financial services companies is driving a need for project managers in the St. Louis area, while healthcare and government companies are in need of .Net and Java developers. Other industries hiring include manufacturing, biotechnology, and healthcare and social services. "Many large companies are looking Midwest to move IT roles out of high-cost areas, making for job growth in cities like St. Louis," Modis says. "The cost of living and growing opportunity make St. Louis a very viable option for jobseekers."

Minneapolis
Minneapolis

In the land of 10,000 lakes, the Minneapolis area is ripe with work for analysts, Java and .Net developers, help desk personnel, project managers, quality assurance specialists, and telecom and network technicians. "Minneapolis is quickly becoming a technology hub, as tech companies relocate headquarters and offices to the Midwest to save on overhead," Modis says. "The jobs are most plentiful in the financial services space, followed by healthcare and manufacturing."

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., area has ample opportunities for developers (Java and .Net), project managers, analysts and technical pros (system administrators and help desk technicians). Among the top hiring industries are government integrators, telecommunications companies, professional services firms, and research and educational services providers. "The Washington, D.C., area is home to hundreds of major research universities, think tanks and nonprofit organizations, leading to a wide range of opportunities for the skilled IT worker," Modis says. "The government and government contractors continue to drive the need for analysts and Java and .Net developers."

San Francisco
San Francisco

High-tech companies in the San Francisco area can't get enough of Java and .Net developers. Data gurus -- data analysts, database developers and BI specialists -- are also in high demand, according to Modis. "The Bay Area is great for jobseekers because companies are hiring at all levels for skills. In general, companies looking for IT talent are seeking those with strong communication skills, the ability to be business (bottom-line) oriented and exhibit creative thinking skills."

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