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Beyond Silicon Valley: Tech Jobs & Companies Hiring Throughout The U.S.

Gone are the days when job seekers had to flock to Silicon Valley to find tech jobs. Now every major city (and some suburbs too!) are hubs for companies touting tech jobs.

According to a new Glassdoor study, every company is trying to transform itself into a tech company. Research has found that in the past five years, roles related to software engineering have been spreading into retail, finance and other industries as employers rely on big data, apps, and automation to drive the bottomline. In fact, San Jose, Calif. – the center of Silicon Valley – has seen its share of software-related jobs decline, while Seattle, Washington, D.C., Detroit and other up-and-coming tech hubs have seen the share of software jobs grow since 2012.

For this analysis, Glassdoor’s Economic Research team used Glassdoor’s large database of historical job listings for U.S. employers. As the second most visited job site in the U.S., Glassdoor is in a unique position to study jobs data. Researchers looked at all active, unique job postings on Glassdoor with “software” in the job title on June 1, 2017 and five years earlier on June 1, 2012. These include roles like software engineer, software developer, software engineering manager and many others.

The findings are a win-win for the U.S. workforce as a whole. “Many companies today have online and mobile presences, and thanks to Glassdoor’s vast jobs database we have observed a big exodus of tech jobs out of the sectors and geographical hubs we traditionally think of as ‘tech,’” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist.

Scouring Glassdoor data, our research shows increases in software jobs that benefit the residents of Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; Austin, TX; and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. Consider these locations the tech hubs of the future.

Industries like retail, finance and manufacturing have seen their share of software jobs grow since 2012, while the share of open tech jobs with more traditional tech employers in computer software and aerospace have seen declines. This is great for job seekers and employees whose passions lay at the intersection of fashion and engineering, or manufacturing and science.

With the shift to online shopping, the retail industry has seen its share of software-related jobs expand the most in the past five years, from 6.4 percent in 2012 to 13.9 percent in 2017 – a 7.5 percentage point change. Employers like Amazon and Walmart are fueling this change, Chamberlain added. Meanwhile, Banking & Financial Services saw a 2.0 percent increase in software job postings while the Manufacturing industry saw a 1.7 percent increase.

This data proves that working as a software engineer no longer requires working in a software company.  And while Silicon Valley will almost certainly remain among the nation’s top tech hubs for decades to come, the big winners in coming years are likely to be the lower-cost U.S. metros with fast-growing tech clusters. Music to the ears of budget-strapped techies who are being priced out of San Francisco.


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