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Which American cities have good tech employment?

 
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Hello,

Can someone please provide a ranking that details American cities with good tech employment prospects?

Also how is the Tech employment market in Texas?

Thanks,

Jesse
 
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I'll bet you could get a job in Washington, D.C. I'll bet the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, FAA and the IRS would all interview you. People on this board have complained about Texas being dead.

I lived in Texas for six years. I hated it when I got there. I miss it now. It gets awful hot in July and August. I lived in Ft. Worth and I can remember running the AC in my car on Christmas.

You might try Lockheed-Martin in Ft. Worth if you like senoritas. They were great. Mexican food is cheap and excellant if you like that too.

The guy who sat behind me was an IIT ( Chicagoland school ) grad. He loved Texas, too.
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What do you mean about Texas being dead?

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Austin is still pretty dead. There are a few consulting companies still alive over there, but I can almost promise travel. IBM and Dell both have big tech centers in the city, as does Motorola. However, I have not heard of any big hiring pushes going on over there. In short, it's more of a technology exodus as it continues to recover from the dotcom bust.

Dallas is doing better, but not great. There are quite a few IT opportunities, but you have to be willing to dig. A lot of the job postings are duplicates or corporate fishing expeditions to monitor the talent pool. It's looking hopeful for folks who already live in Dallas, but moving here and hoping to get into IT is a dodgy prospect at best. Some companies are still trying offshoring even though a lot of the early adopters have dropped it or scaled back immensely. JPMorgan is bringing everything back in-house and may be hiring if they can't get back their old staff.

Fort Worth had a surprising number of job openings last year. I don't know if they're still growing. Lockheed-Martin has an outstanding reputation as an employer, but can be very hard to get into, especially without an existing security clearance. There are a handful of technology start-ups over there and a lot of retail headquarters in that area seem to be looking for IT staff. At least they were late last year.

Houston is probably the most promising in terms of number of openings. However, Houston is also the largest single city in Texas, so the proportion of jobs vs. the number of job seekers could be misleading. I do know our Houston office does pretty good business, so I don't think it is as bleak as other parts of Texas.

Overall I'd say the job prospects are still fairly poor, but not hopeless. I personally love working out of Dallas, but in reality I could be in for some travel soon because we're having trouble getting business in Dallas.
 
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I base that comment on this thread:

Escape From Dallas (a vast wasteland)

One guy bashes Dallas the other says Austin is worse. I would not go to Houston, but that's my personal opinion. I suppose there's some opportunities in San Antonio. I would not think it compared in scale to the big D or Austin.
 
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I'll bet you could get a job in Washington, D.C. I'll bet the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, FAA and the IRS would all interview you.



You'd lose the bet.

Those agencies are looking for young recent graduates from top colleges, not career changers or off-shoring refugees.

Of course, there are also the usual job postings for a very precise skill set (e.g., 4 years using j2ee, Oracle 8i, and Crystal Reports for Data Mining and a current Top Secret security clearance), but qualifying is like winning the lottery.
 
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
Hello,

Can someone please provide a ranking that details American cities with good tech employment prospects?

Also how is the Tech employment market in Texas?

Thanks,

Jesse




Verizon in Irving, TX is looking for software consultants...the pay isn't top-of-the-line but much better than many others.

Also, why don't you consider local newspapers/websites of smaller places. That's where the perm. positions are (assuming you are looking for them)...and they don't post on Monster, Hotjobs or Dice...

I studied in Texas for 4 years and was fed up of the heat and the unemployment...left and found a job in TN via a local website...worked there for 4 months...before moving back to TX with a job.

"The Grass is always greener on the other side"
 
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I actually don't live in TX. I live in the North, where winters are brutal. That's why I was considering moving to TX, specifically Houston. However, many claim that the IT sector is bad in TX and that it is extremelly HOT. I was in Houston last week and the weather was 93F (98F Heat Index). Very hot. I wonder if the weather in TX is that HOT for most of the Summer?

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I don't know how to break it to you, but Houston and Dallas are both having very mild summers this year. 93F is relatively cool.

We usually don't see it get seriously cold until about February, and I've walked around outside in shorts comfortably well into December.
 
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It's not really the actual temperature that is hot; 93F. It's the Heat index that makes 93F, feel more like 98 - 105F. I would hate to see what the heat index is for an actual temperature of 98F. I honestly thought that Dallas experienced cold winters, since it is fairly northward in Texas.

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Originally posted by San Tiruvan:

Also, why don't you consider local newspapers/websites of smaller places. That's where the perm. positions are (assuming you are looking for them)...and they don't post on Monster, Hotjobs or Dice...



Not in this town. The local newspaper only carries ads for pc techs and people to do ASPs anymore.

Then again, last week there were only 5 computer ads anyway.

Monster's a waste, but Dice and Computerjobs show local postings.
 
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Try this site...it pulls out jobs from various local jobsites/newspapers.

Good Luck!
 
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I understand what you mean by the heat index. My point was that in the Summer and even into September the temperature usually rises around 100F and stays there on average. That is BEFORE the heat index.

Welcome to Texas.
 
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Yeah it's 80F in the morning. Fort Worth has less humidity and therefore less heat index. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt in January while you work the lawn is real nice.

I remember going to see the Texas Rangers play in Arlington ( Dallas Area). We cheered when the score board thermometer went from 100 to 99 at 8 p.m.

You won't mind the heat till you get 50+ years old. Skip Houston. Austin or Dallas are worth considering.
 
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