December 13, 2000, 1:48 PM — Thirty-one percent of the members of
techies.com, an online job site for information systems workers, recently said they
would be willing to relocate. While moving to the tropics or the city of one's dreams
is alluring, respondents indicated that when deciding whether to move, the prospect of
a better job opportunity is the overriding factor.
A survey by the American Management
Association found that 29 percent of managers relocated during the
1990s -- including 19 percent of those who did not change organizations. Relocation
within an organization is the kind of thing you can't always predict.
Whether you choose to relocate or have relocation foisted upon you, your new city
may have a great impact on your career. Some cities have more technology jobs than
others, and they aren't all in the Sun Belt.
Software-development hot spots
If you are considering a move to another US city, Silicon Valley is not your only
option. A recent study by the Software and Information
Industry Association (SIIA) found that IT jobs related to programming, engineering,
systems analysis, and tech support have spread from sea to shining sea.