Missouri Shows Impressive Tech Job Growth
Missouri employers are saying "Meet Me in St. Louis... and Kansas City!" The two Missouri cities, perhaps best known for barbecue and fried ravioli, are among the top 10 cities for technology job growth over the past year, based on the number of job postings at Dice.com. Dice reported a 30 percent increase in job postings in Kansas City and 26 percent increase in St. Louis since March of last year. Kansas City offers numerous opportunities for tech professionals in a variety of industries, including financial services, legal firms and health care. Kansas City-based tech professionals average about $75,000 a year, up 13 percent in the past year. Dice finds this strong salary growth a sign that employers are appropriately paying to retain or hire the best tech talent. Tech jobs in St. Louis have been growing for 22 consecutive months, including opportunities for project managers, business analysts and developers. Its employers include manufacturing and health care companies. About 65 percent of St. Louis-based tech job postings are for full-time positions, slightly above the 61 percent average nationally and yearly tech salaries in St. Louis hover around $71,000. Just as areas such as Austin, Texas, and Boston (also on Dice's Top 10 list) struggle to keep up with demand for tech talent, Dice found that at Missouri's universities, the number of computer science graduates declined from 2,500 in 2005 to about 1,500 in 2009. With 600 openings on any given day advertised on Dice in St. Louis alone, there's bound to be myriad opportunities for tech talent and frustration for companies trying to recruit.