is considered by many to be the tech hub of the nation but it isn’t the region with the fastest growing technology job market; that honor goes to St. Louis, Missouri
. Career search site Dice.com recently assessed all of its technology job openings and the Midwestern city showed the most job growth. Tech job postings in St. Louis are up 25 percent over last year. The average salaries are also up, posting a 13 percent increase over last year to $81,245.
Current St. Louis-based technology jobs listed on the site include a senior data network administrator for Hudsons Bay Company/Lord & Taylor, a Cisco Networking Sales Engineer for Insight and a Linux Systems Supervisor for Scottrade.
Just behind St. Louis is the city of Charlotte, North Carolina
; technology job postings jumped 22 percent in that city. Dice.com cites a surge in energy investments as one reason why technology and engineer jobs are likely to continue to grow in Charlotte.
Open tech jobs in Charlotte include a software development engineer at Microsoft, a senior solution architect at TIAA-CREF and a Salesforce developer at Mehra Innovations.
Top 5 Fastest-Growing Technology Hubs
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Austin, Texas
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Detroit, Michigan
While these are the fastest-growing tech hubs, they aren’t the largest tech hubs in the nation. Although Silicon Valley is often seen as the technology Mecca, it isn’t even the largest tech market in the nation. To make matters worse, there was actually a 10 percent decline in tech jobs in the Silicon Valley region when comparing year over year numbers. Unfortunately, nine out of the top 10 tech metropolitan areas experienced job declines over the past year.
Top 10 Tech Metros
- New York – 4 percent decline in jobs
- D.C./Baltimore – 9 percent decline
- Silicon Valley – 10 percent decline
- Chicago – 4 percent growth
- Los Angeles – 3 percent decline
- Boston – 3 percent decline
- Atlanta – 4 percent decline
- Dallas – 3 percent decline
- Seattle – 12 percent decline
- Philadelphia – 1 percent decline
From the looks of the Dice.com data, it appears that technology jobs are becoming less concentrated. Instead of being isolated to certain communities, technology jobs are growing nationwide. I’d never consider St. Louis to be a techies’ dream city, at least from an employment perspective, but it looks like this Midwestern city might just be a rising star in the tech world.