March 12, 2012, 11:15 AM — The East Coast tech corridor and Silicon Valley still may boast the largest number of technology jobs, but a new report from online job board Dice shows that many smaller markets are growing technology jobs at a faster rate.
Dice took the number of tech jobs posted on its site by zip code in March 2011 and this month, converting the difference into a percentage gain or loss. Dice's list of 10 biggest percentage gainers for tech jobs is below:
1. Raleigh, N.C. -- 50%
2. RIchmond, Va. -- 40%
3. Houston -- 37%
4. Sacramento -- 37%
5. Kansas City -- 30%
6. Portland, Ore. -- 29%
7. St. Louis -- 26%
8. San Diego -- 24%
9. Boston -- 23%
10. Denver -- 23%
Here are some comments from Dice about several of the markets listed:
"With more than 1,100 opportunities on any given day, tech professionals in Raleigh enjoy a broad base of possibilities, including current openings at banks and nearby universities."
"In Sacramento, firms in healthcare and technology are hiring and tech paychecks have jumped 6% year-over-year to $87,000 on average."
"In San Diego, tech salaries average more than $85,000 annually, while defense and aerospace companies are recruiting."
"Kansas City-based tech professionals can expect to take home more than $75,000 a year (+13% yr/yr) and job opportunities can be found at financial services and legal firms."
"In St. Louis, where manufacturing and healthcare companies are looking for tech talent, yearly tech salaries hover around $71,000."
The metro area with the largest number of tech job postings on Dice this month is New York/New Jersey, which has about 9,200 listed tech jobs -- more than eight times Raleigh's total but a gain of only 6% from March 2011.
No. 2 tech job market Washington, D.C./Baltimore had 8,300 total listings, just 2% above last year's total.
Third-place Silicon Valley (5,710 tech jobs listed on Dice) had a 13% gain in year-over-year listings, perhaps fueled by the proliferation of social media companies and staff ramp-ups of companies such as Facebook, Google and Zynga.
Dice North American SVP Tom Silver said in a statement that tech pros can expand their career horizons by thinking outside the geographic box.
"It's important for tech professionals to remember with growing opportunities comes expanding options — if you're willing to be flexible about where you live," he said.