Highlights and Takeaways

Welcome to the Dice Q3 Tech Job Report. We analyzed more than 1 million tech job postings between July and September 2021. We compared that to job-posting data from April through July 2021, as well as historical trends (via Emsi Burning Glass). The report includes data and analysis on quarter-over-quarter percentage change by tech job posting volume, parsed by location, employer, occupation and skill.

Q3 Tech Hiring: What You Need to Know

While the technology industry didn’t see the same double-digit growth in tech job postings as in the prior two quarters, the fact that postings were essentially flat quarter-over-quarter points to a potential stabilization of the continued high demand for technologists across nearly every industry and vertical. The following are the top tech hiring trends you need to know; dig into each detailed area of the report to learn more!

Demand Stability in Q3 Reflects Recovery

As the demand for technologists grew toward its most recent height in job postings, the market saw tech job postings increase quarter-over-quarter between Q2 and Q3 in both 2018 and 2019. This year, however, job postings in Q2 and Q3 saw less than 1 percent change. Stabilization was also present for the quarter’s YoY comparison to Q3 2019, showing on-track recovery to pre-pandemic levels. This quarter’s job postings are just 7 percent lower than the height of tech job postings (Q4 2019) before the pandemic.

Texas Continues to Rival California as a Hub for Technologists

While Q3 tells a story of stabilization for many traditional tech hubs, six Texas cities experienced growth in the third quarter with the state itself growing 10 percent in tech hiring. It’s no secret Texas continues to build its reputation as a major tech hub rivaling California, and with the Golden State down 5 percent in Q3, Texas made more moves. Dallas (up 16 percent quarter-over-quarter) and Irving (up 12 percent) made the top five cities for Q3 growth, and Houston and San Antonio (each up ten percent) made the top ten cities for Q3 growth. Check out the Locations section of this report to see where all six cities landed in Q3.

Cybersecurity is (Still) Having a Moment

If anyone thought cybersecurity would be deprioritized in favor of other areas as some organizations attempted to get back to “normal,” that’s certainly not the case, at least through the lens of tech job postings. For most organizations, the new normal will include at least some combination of full-time remote work and an in-office environment, and that, combined with the increased speed of digital transformation for organizations around the globe, means that building a strong cybersecurity function remains a critical priority. In light of that, it’s no surprise that postings for cybersecurity engineer roles jumped 31 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Expect Product Innovation to Ramp Up in 2022

It’s not news that, over the past 18 months, some organizations thrived, some capsized and some simply survived. Now, those who thrived are going to need to innovate to hold on to their new market share, while those previously in survival mode are going to need to fight hard to win back lost ground. A boost in posting volumes for senior business analysts, program managers and project coordinators show that organizations are building out not only their product development teams, but also preparing to launch large-scale projects and initiatives.

Monthly U.S. Tech Job Postings

January 2019 through September 2021


Quarter-over-Quarter, Year-over-Year, 2021 vs. 2019

Q3 2021 vs. Q2 2021


Q3 2021 vs. Q3 2020


Q3 2021 vs. Q3 2019


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