Silicon Valley is still the center of the technology universe, but if you’re an entrepreneur or young professional thinking about launching your career or a startup in an active technology hub outside of the costly traditional tech capitals— there are some mid-size cities according to a recent report that could grow into the next Silicon Valley.
ZipRecruiter, an online job board analyzed all the metropolitan areas with positive job growth in their most recent jobs report to find which cities are on the verge of a boom in the industry. The website tracked hiring patterns to determine which cities were increasing job listing in the tech industry at the fastest rate, and which have the highest volume of tech jobs compared against other industries.
These up-and-coming tech scenes are typically found in mid-sized cities, offering big-city resources like universities, access to talent and satellite offices of tech industry giants along with lower costs of living and a greater work/life balance.
With a sizeable tech base that has earned it the nickname ‘Silicon Hills,’ Austin tops the list of up-and-coming tech cities. Companies like IBM, Dell, 3M, Google, Facebook, Intel, and eBay are a major draw for an educated workforce, and the city itself offers a high quality of life without the exorbitant price tag of many major metropolitan areas.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 50,920
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Java developer, development analyst, technical writer, software engineer, network administrator
The Raleigh-Cary metro area’s location within North Carolina’s ‘Research Triangle,’ a region known for its technological research and development, has made tech a driving industry in the city. The success of companies in the Triangle has attracted diversified business to the region, and created the second highest number of jobs on our list.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 28, 510
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Infrastructure architect, design engineer, tooling engineer, java developer. SQL Developer
Provo’s constant population of recent grads from Brigham Young and Utah Valley University contributes to the educated workforce that supports its thriving tech sector. The city is home to multiple software companies, and was chosen to participate as a pilot location for Google Fiber.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 8,570
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Technical support, python developer, field technician, software engineer, net developer
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Collins’ tech industry benefits from both the research facilities and graduating populations fostered by Colorado State University. The city’s resources have encouraged companies like Intel and Hewlett Packard to migrate to the area, and for native businesses to expand into specialized branches of the tech field like renewable energy.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 5,590
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Software QA, SQL server database developer, application software developer, test engineer, lead systems programmer
Although it once suffered the same decline characterizing many Rust Belt cities, Hartford has diversified into the insurance, healthcare, and tech industries and exhibited positive growth. The city is home to headquarters for United Technologies and continues to attract new companies with its population of entry level job seekers from local universities and excellent quality of life.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 20,920
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Applications engineer, systems analyst, infrastructure engineer, java developer, data architect
Nearby universities, low cost of living and high quality of life are the factors that attract tech companies to Indianapolis. While some larger metropolitan areas may currently lead in the industry, cities like Indianapolis are on the horizon for more investment and success in the tech field.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 28, 370
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Senior Java Developer, infrastructure architect, java developer, operations manager, net developer
Boise’s tech industry has become an increasingly substantial part of its overall economy. While the city boasts success in a range of industries, companies like Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and many dot coms have made the tech field a major source of employment.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 8,180
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Application engineer, firmware engineer, software engineer, mobile software developer, net software engineer
Manchester- Nashua, NH
Nashua has a history of success in the tech industry, leading in floppy disk production in the 1990s. Their development has advanced to match the pace of the industry, and the city continues to employ more tech jobs than the national average. Both Hewlett Packard and Dell have homes in the Manchester-Nashua metropolitan area.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 2,700
Top 5 Tech Jobs: UI software engineer, systems architect, java developer, senior IT project manager, SharePoint administrator
Nashville’s large healthcare sector supports a growing tech industry with its STEM work and research. Although the city’s overall tech employment is only slightly higher than the national average, the report reflects over 20,000 local openings in the field that could increase the industry’s economic impact over the coming months.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 20, 430
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Senior programmer analyst, information security engineer, systems administrator, IT manager, iOS Developer
Eugene and its surrounding areas have earned the moniker the ‘Silicon Forest’ for their manufacturing of tech hardware and emphasis on clean, renewable technologies. Eugene is home to the natural beauty and culture of Oregon.
Total Tech Jobs Open: 3,000
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Programmer analyst, senior QA analyst, network and systems engineer, IT services manager, application software developer
For more information about the report and the cities that made this list you can learn more here. Contact your ICON Concierge to see what opportunities await you in these up-and-coming tech job cities.