TownScores™ Tech Job Market Survey
TownScores™ Tech Job Market SurveyHow do Austin, San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco compare when it comes to high-tech jobs? I conducted an informal survey to find out. I performed searches for jobs with the following criteria:
- Keyword chosen from list. Each search used one of these keywords:
- Job posting was no greater than seven days old.
- City and State were specified:
- San Diego, CA
- Austin, TX
- Atlanta, GA
- Seattle, WA
- San Francisco, CA
I noticed that Seattle had way more jobs overall, and that it had spikes in jobs bearing the words "java" and "xml". I knew that Jobster was located in Seattle, and suspected some skewing. I therefore re-performed the study, using CareerBuilder instead of jobster. The trends, keyword versus keyword, were similar, and the Seattle spikes smoothed out as expected.
Tech economies in these cities are comparable, with best markets in Silicon Valley (San Francisco) and the Silicon Forest (Seattle). The presence of Microsoft near Seattle seems not to have produced a chill in non-microsoft technologies, such as Sun's Java programming language.