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Key U.S. Job Markets


July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Change
Atlanta
2,739
2,986
2,894
3,138
3,330
3,466
26.5%
Austin
992
1,020
1,023
1,110
1,206
1,235
24.5%
Boston
2,632
3,100
3,627
4,405
5,060
5,883
123.5%
Chicago
3,808
4,090
4,384
4,714
4,935
5,232
37.4%
Dallas
2,437
2,550
2,798
3,066
3,269
3,571
46.5%
Denver
1,573
1,802
1,816
1,869
2,104
2,350
49.4%
Houston
1,000
1,095
1,030
1,161
1,196
1,274
27.4%
Los Angeles
6,740
7,109
7,517
8,110
8,427
8,932
32.5%
New York
6,684
7,338
7,908
8,973
9,792
10,660
59.5%
Philadelphia
2,862
3,063
3,030
3,482
3,677
3,860
34.9%
Phoenix
1,252
1,307
1,318
1,238
1,275
1,352
8.0%
Raleigh
1,136
1,382
1,429
1,452
1,528
1,525
34.2%
San Diego
1,386
1,481
1,339
1,342
1,209
1,227
-11.5%
San Francisco
4,942
5,160
5,403
5,528
5,772
5,864
18.7%
Seattle
1,810
2,168
2,044
2,244
2,265
2,212
22.2%
Silicon Valley
15,273
15,754
17,086
17,869
18,944
19,555
28.0%
Trenton
2,165
2,404
2,519
2,751
2,914
3,045
40.6%
Washington, D.C.
2,021
2,153
2,386
2,713
2,980
3,265
61.6%
Table 1: Overall, job postings from around the country have been increasing at dice.com, but picking the right areas increases the chance of finding just what you want. Listings in the greater Boston area have more than doubled. Cities like Dallas, Denver, and Trenton, N.J., saw between 40% and 50% growth in dice.com listings. Phoenix, however, saw relatively low growth and San Diego listings actually dropped by close to 12%, although layoffs at wireless vendor Qualcomm were considered a big reason for the plummet.

Hot Skills: Trendy vs. Available
Month Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Change
Applications programmer / Analyst
15,327
16,037
16,270
17,179
17,900
18,468
20.5%
Business analyst / Modeler
5,110
5,508
5,536
6,070
6,535
7,013
37.2%
Communications specialist
730
836
837
901
948
1,033
41.5%
Custom / Tech support
3,253
3,406
3,635
3,791
3,927
3,935
21.0%
Data processing operator
400
408
431
478
502
494
23.5%
Database administrator
3,902
4,221
4,456
4,816
5,093
5,434
39.3%
Finance / Accounting
785
886
888
1,149
1,261
1,462
86.2%
Graphics / CAD/CAM
300
330
370
431
455
510
70.0%
Hardware engineer
1,671
1,752
1,930
2,021
2,166
2,235
33.8%
Instructor / Trainer
330
362
364
410
432
469
42.1%
LAN / Network administrator
2,855
2,941
3,129
3,442
3,588
3,747
31.2%
Manager / Project leader
6,791
7,291
7,588
8,313
8,944
9,602
41.4%
Other types of engineers
3,541
3,800
4,049
4,377
4,774
5,146
45.3%
Quality assurance / Tester
2,879
3,092
3,256
3,415
3,573
3,690
28.2%
Recruiter
358
382
418
432
462
478
33.5%
Sales / Marketing
2,355
2,561
2,752
3,206
3,444
3,839
63.0%
Software engineer
11,654
12,839
13,454
14,314
15,089
15,912
36.5%
Systems programmer / Support
2,721
2,947
2,984
3,050
3,173
3,271
20.2%
Systems administrator
3,775
4,054
4,253
4,594
4,945
5,082
34.6%
Technical writer
826
882
945
1,002
1,049
1,073
29.9%
Web developer / Webmaster
3,105
3,694
4,353
4,933
5,509
6,245
101.1%
Table 2: There are skills, and then there are skills. Ultra-high growth areas are either directly related to the Web or are supporting e-commerce efforts, in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business sites. Solid business skills and knowledge will raise your marketability. But don't ignore traditional roles like programmer/analysts or software engineers. Although the percentage of expansion is far lower, a bottom end of 20.5% is hardly shabby. Given the vast numbers of such people needed by corporations, what these positions lack in trendiness, they make up for in volume.

Timing is Everything
Web developer / Webmaster

July August September October November December Change
Atlanta
113
129
156
182
212
227
100.9%
Austin
58
63
65
74
80
85
46.6%
Boston
114
148
209
292
366
436
282.5%
Chicago
179
215
235
267
290
346
93.3%
Dallas
97
112
143
131
152
178
83.5%
Denver
74
97
117
119
145
184
148.6%
Houston
36
47
47
50
51
60
66.7%
Los Angeles
332
385
489
566
634
712
114.5%
New York
286
364
439
530
622
736
157.3%
Philadelphia
127
159
188
236
246
291
129.1%
Phoenix
42
46
52
45
56
70
66.7%
Raleigh
29
56
52
47
63
80
175.9%
San Antonio
2
4
6
5
4
6
200.0%
San Diego
63
54
42
52
46
50
-20.6%
San Francisco
295
333
363
398
429
484
64.1%
Seattle
150
177
176
185
206
193
28.7%
Silicon Valley
513
596
738
839
903
1,003
95.5%
Trenton
88
104
112
135
153
173
96.6%
Washington, D.C.
104
109
128
154
164
171
64.4%
Table 3: Having a hot skill isn't enough. You need to be in the right place at this right time. Web developers, for example, will have a much easier time finding work in some parts of the country. Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, not surprisingly, are all hotbeds of Web start-ups and activity. Some areas where you might expect much more activity, like Seattle, can surprise. Do some research before job hunting.


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