Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Top Cities for High-Tech Jobs

The high-technology sector has taken a hit like so many other industries during the recent economic rough patch. In 2009, high-tech did away with 245,600 jobs, according to the TechAmerica Foundation’s report Cyberstates 2010: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the High-Technology Industry. Despite this lackluster news, the decline came after four years of steady growth in high-tech employment.

There is no question that a career in the high-technology sector is still a viable option. The better question would be: In what areas of the country would job seekers fare better in finding high-technology jobs? Using the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Labor (2006), the American Electronics Association ranked cities with the most high-tech jobs per capita. The top ten cities were as follows:

  1. San Jose, California (Silicon Valley)
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Huntsville, Alabama
  4. Durham, North Carolina
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. Manchester, New Hampshire
  7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Palm Bay-Melbourne, Florida
  10. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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