Silicon Valley Isn’t the Only Place for Tech Jobs

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A recent TechCrunch article noted the shift in tech labor supply and demand from Silicon Valley to other metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and New York City. Aside from the simple fact that some technology professionals are choosing to live elsewhere, the article cited a unique difference in the types of IT jobs outside of Silicon Valley.

“The culture in the Bay Area values bleeding-edge innovation, or platforms that focus on solving one or two market inefficiencies,” Hans Tung wrote in the article. In contrast, many startups in New York City, he wrote, target mass-market consumers, like Ibotta, or fall under the category of new media, like TheSkimm. These brands play on “New York’s status as a branding and media capital of the world.”

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After reading Tung’s article, I logged into Job Pulse to get more information about software developers/engineers. My search confirmed that New York and Los Angeles are, in fact, two of the top 10 cities for software developer and engineer jobs. You might think that San Francisco or San Jose, California, would top the list, but Job Pulse tells a different story.

A map showing the demand of software engineers in the United States

According to Job Pulse, the top 10 cities for software developer/engineer jobs are:

  1. New York
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. San Jose
  4. Seattle
  5. San Francisco
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Boston
  8. Chicago
  9. Detroit
  10. Dallas

I drilled down into the New York City jobs to get a better picture. According to Job Pulse, in the New York City metropolitan area, recruiters have posted 17,066 software developer and engineer jobs over the past 12 months, and the median salary is $90,000. The salary slide on the dashboard showed me that while this is a slightly above average salary in the United States, it’s about average for New York.

The Job Pulse dashboard of software engineer jobs in New York City

Next, I clicked on Who’s Hiring to find out what kinds of jobs are available. TechTalent brings millions of job postings from across the internet to your fingertips. Organizations ranging from Johnson & Johnson to Goldman Sachs to Donna Karan all had software engineer/developer jobs posted. Established startups, like Facebook, Spotify and Squarespace, as well as technology service providers, also made the list. So, whether you want to work for a bastion of the New York economy or an organization that supports them, you have plenty of opportunities.

A screenshot of the listing of available software engineer jobs in Job Pulse

Lastly, I was curious how other jobs compared to software developer/engineer, so I clicked on Related Jobs. Job Pulse outlined the demand, median salary, time to fill and concentration of applicants in New York City for jobs similar to software developer/engineer.

The Job Pulse dashboard of jobs related to software engineer

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