For many years, it seemed like San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Seattle were truly the epicenters of the U.S. tech scene. Finding a robust tech community in other parts of the country could prove extremely difficult. Employers across all industries struggled to convince tech pros to take a chance on different cities.
As the latest tech employment data from CompTIA shows, things have truly changed. The cities with robust demand for tech professionals include New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, and Washington, DC—all places that devoted years and resources to building out their respective tech hubs. Take a look at the full list:
That’s not to say the traditional tech hubs aren’t thriving. New York City tops the list, and with good reason: in addition to fostering a strong startup scene, the megalopolis is home to multiple industries with a hunger for tech talent, including finance. San Francisco and Seattle are also very much in the fight. But they’re also competing for talent against smaller cities determined to become homes to vibrant tech scenes.
It’s worth calling out Washington, DC (again) as a city to watch. For decades, federal agencies have needed thousands of tech professionals for everything from database management to cybersecurity—but lately the region has become a private-sector hiring hub, including Amazon (which recently announced a pause in construction on its massive HQ2 facility in Northern Virginia). This diversification should help the city remain a burgeoning tech hub for quite some time to come.
What helps power a tech hub? Investment and time—sometimes lots of time. Atlanta, for example, expended considerable resources to make Atlanta a tech center. Nearly a decade ago, local incubators helped attract startups; developers invested in tech-friendly infrastructure such as “FlatironCity”; and local businesses began to focus more on tech. Post-pandemic, the city is truly a southern powerhouse when it comes to tech hiring.
With the rise in remote work, more cities have the opportunity to attract tech professionals. In coming years, we may see the nation’s tech scene become even more diversified by region.