In previous surveys that sought to uncover the best cities in the U.S. for technical hiring, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have been named the top places to find a job in the high-tech arena.
Now, however, data has emerged that suggests the country may need to rethink how it defines a technology hub, as several unlikely cities have become the fastest-growing cities in the country for technical jobs. According to Dice, a series of factors, including community support for startups, business incentives and a slightly renewed interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects is fueling a major surge in tech hiring in less-dense metro areas.
Coming in at number one was St. Louis, Missouri, which saw a 25 percent increase in the number of technical job postings compared to last year. These aren't low-paying technical jobs either, with the average salary of tech workers in the city rising 13 percent from last year. If you're looking for a job as a developer, programmer or tech consultant, you may want to head to the Golden Arch to maximize your search.
The report found that Charlotte, N.C., has the second largest growth in open technical positions, which are up 22 percent in 2013. This comes after technology employment grew statewide in 2012 by 6 percent, and this is only expected to pick up as the city continues to expand its energy options, in turn boosting demand for technology workers and engineers.
Austin took the third-highest spot on the list, while fourth place went to Phoenix, Ariz. Open tech jobs in the city grew by 12 percent from last year.
Detroit, which came in at fifth place, was the only city to make it on the list two years in a row. In 2011, roughly 800 tech jobs were posted on Dice.com every day, and since then, that number has surged to about 1,100 every day. The influx of STEM graduates in Detroit has been the biggest driver of technical startups in the city.
According to ratings from Money Magazine and Salary.com, job prospects for tech-minded workers are only expected to improve in the near future. Employment opportunities for software engineers, for example, were expected to climb more than 46 percent between 2004 and 2014.