Where the IT jobs are: 10 American cities

New York City, Washington, D.C. among areas with most jobs available

Top cities for IT demand

Some signs of economic recovery are emerging and a variety of organizations in some of the biggest U.S. cities are seeing demand for IT professionals, according to high-tech career industry watchers. Here we list cities currently in need of IT professionals (according to Dice); salary information for the areas (according to PayScale); and a few reasons why IT pros might want to search for work there.

Atlanta

City/metro area: Atlanta

Available IT jobs: 1,372*

Average salary for IT project manager: $80,798**

Local attractions: Not only is Atlanta home to major league baseball's Braves, CNN and the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the city also features the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a 30-acre spread that includes the country's largest orchid house.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
** According to PayScale, May 2009

Boston

City/metro area: Boston

Available IT jobs: 1,902*

Average salary for senior software engineer/develop/programmer: $92,630**

Local attractions: Can you say sports? With the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox near the top of their games, any high-tech sports enthusiast would welcome the chance to spend their downtime in Beantown.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Chicago

City/metro area: Chicago

Available IT jobs: 2,056*

Average salary for IT consultant: $70,337**

Local attractions: IT pros taking a break from work can stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile, which offers visitors more than 3.1 million square feet of retail space, 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels, 2 unique museums and flower-filled medians that reflect the changing seasons.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Dallas

City/metro area: Dallas

Available IT jobs: 1,451*

Average salary for senior systems engineer (computer networking/IT): $88,327**

Local attractions: The Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas provides more wildlife than just what you'd find at a rodeo or on one of the many guest ranches the state features. The Fort Worth Zoo boasts more than 5,000 animals and the Dallas Zoo offers a peek at exotic and endangered species.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Los Angeles

City/metro area: Los Angeles

Available IT jobs: 2,022*

Average salary for system administrator (computer/network): $62,302**

Local attractions: Film buffs would revel in the chance to work among the stars in Hollywood, catch random celebrity sightings, take in a premiere or two, and visit Mann's Chinese Theater to view the hand and footprints of silver screen legends such as Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson and The Olsen Twins.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

New York

City/metro area: New York/New Jersey

Available IT jobs: 5,341*

Average salary for systems engineer (computer networking/IT): $69,700**

Local attractions: New York City offers visitors a view from The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty or Central Park. Among the city's many cultural draws are The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Broadway's many theaters.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Philadelphia

City/metro area: Philadelphia

Available IT jobs: 1,557*

Average salary for IT specialist: $51,912**

Local attractions: As one of the nation's older cities, Philadelphia features a lot of historical landmarks that include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Seattle

City/metro area: Seattle

Available IT jobs: 1,195*

Average salary for database administrator (DBA): $73,716**

Local attractions: The Space Needle isn't the only draw to the Pacific Northwest city. Seattle also is home to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, which features exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound and Jim Henson's Fantastic World.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Silicon Valley

City/metro area: Silicon Valley

Available IT jobs: 2,534*

Average salary for senior engineer (San Jose): $83,842**

Tourist attractions: San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation includes interactive exhibits on advanced technologies. The Tech was created as a resource to serve people of all ages interested in technologies, but also to help inspire youth to innovate on technologies for the future.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009

Washington D.C/Baltimore

City/metro area: Washington D.C./Baltimore

Available IT jobs: 6,817*

Average salary for IT director: $110,028**

Local attractions: The nation's capital offers a range of activities beyond the obvious entertainment and education of historical tours. The city offers fine dining at a slew of restaurants, an active nightlife and plays at the Kennedy Center and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009