Cities with the Biggest Growth in Tech Jobs

  1. Hunting for Talent

    Hunting for Talent

    Tech jobs are one bright spot in the economy. The hiring spree taking place in that sector isn't limited to Silicon Valley. Cities across the country are enjoying a boost in employment thanks to information technology jobs.

    "Workers who are strong in tech skills might be solicited for three or four positions at a time," says Jack Cullen, president of Modis, an IT staffing and recruiting firm. The industries that are hiring the most tech workers are retail, insurance, media, pharmaceutical, and financial services, he says.

    Technology career website tracks the cities with the biggest year-over-year growth in job listings. Read on to see the cities with the most job growth in July, compared to a year ago, and the companies that are hiring.

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  2. No. 10 Pittsburgh

    No. 10 Pittsburgh

    Growth: 43 percent
    Companies hiring: PNC Financial Services, McKesson
    Skills needed: Communication, software implementation, expertise with Oracle software

    A number of technology companies have located in Pittsburgh in recent years, including Google (GOOG), which is hiring software engineers, product managers, and workers with user experience expertise.
  3. No. 9 Portland, Ore.

    No. 9 Portland, Ore.

    Growth: 46 percent
    Companies hiring: Columbia Sportswear, WebMD
    Skills needed: Hardware design, experience with Javascript, quality assurance testing

    Despite the growth in high-tech jobs, Portland's unemployment rate still hovers around 9 percent.
  4. No. 8 Tampa

    No. 8 Tampa

    Growth: 50 percent
    Companies hiring: Moffitt Cancer Center, Raymond James Financial
    Skills needed: Application development, project management, experience with C++ programming language

    Tampa is home to a growing number of small tech companies, but a shallow talent pool is a challenge for the sector, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
  5. No. 7 Miami

    No. 7 Miami

    Growth: 51 percent
    Companies hiring: IBM, Deloitte & Touche
    Skills needed: Application development, quality assurance testing, project management

    The rising demand for computer experts is helping to drive growth for white-collar workers in Miami-Dade County, according to the Miami Herald.
  6. No. 6 Richmond, Va.

    No. 6 Richmond, Va.

    Growth: 54 percent
    Companies hiring: Capital One, Code X
    Skills needed: Business systems analysis, project management, quality assurance testing

    Richmond's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in May 2011, below the national average of 9.1 percent that month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  7. No. 5 Salt Lake City

    No. 5 Salt Lake City

    Growth: 57 percent
    Companies hiring: Northrop Grumman, Symantec
    Skills needed: Software development, user experience design, experience with Java

    Since 2005, the University of Utah has formed more than 102 startup companies, commercializing technology for health care, financial analysis, criminology, and clean energy.
  8. No. 4 Jacksonville, Fla.

    No. 4 Jacksonville, Fla.

    Growth: 58 percent
    Companies hiring: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Technisource
    Skills needed: Application development, database software experience, network security expertise

    Overall job growth in Jacksonville is expected to be about 2 percent over the next year, according to Moody's
  9. No. 3 Cincinnati

    No. 3 Cincinnati

    Growth: 65 percent
    Companies hiring: Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, IBM
    Skills needed: Quality assurance testing, experience with SAP software

    During the past 18 months, General Electric's aviation unit outside Cincinnati has added about 1,000 manufacturing jobs.
  10. No. 2 Detroit

    No. 2 Detroit

    Growth: 66 percent
    Companies hiring: Computer Sciences, General Electric
    Skills needed: Project management, experience with Oracle software

    Detroit is looking for technology workers as automakers create cars with increasingly sophisticated Internet services and lithium ion batteries.
  11. No. 1 Cleveland

    No. 1 Cleveland

    Growth: 107 percent
    Companies hiring: IBM, Deloitte & Touche
    Skills needed: Systems integration, software engineering, project management

    Hiring is strong in this region with 68 percent of companies expecting to add staff in the coming year, according to a recently completed survey by the Northeast Ohio Software Assn.