Computer Science vs. Information Technology (Part 4): Where are the Jobs?

With top tech players like Google, Apple, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo! all located in Silicon Valley, you might think you need to live there in order to land a great job in technology. But before you begin packing your bags and heading out West, you’ll be happy to hear that other tech hot spots have emerged throughout the U.S.

The first three articles in our “Computer Science vs. Information Technology” series provide an overview of the basic job descriptions, skills needed, job outlooks and salary information for both industries.

This final installment addresses perhaps the most important question in the entire series: Where are the jobs?

It’s true that, as a whole, technology jobs are on the rise in the U.S. But after an analysis of nearly 1.5 million jobs posted over the past year, we’ve determined the locations boasting the most computer science and information technology (IT) jobs in the country. *

So whether you’re curious about job openings near you or you’re trying to determine where to relocate to land your dream job, the following map will be a handy resource for determining exactly where the hot computer science and IT job markets are located.



Above you’ll see the number of computer science and IT job openings based on region. The color-coded key will help you determine the prevalence of job opportunities in each state.

Top five cities for tech jobs:

Now that you’ve got a feel for where the jobs are, let’s explore the top five U.S. cities where computer science and IT positions are abundant.

1.New York, N.Y.

Considering it’s the highest populated city in the U.S., it’s no surprise that The Big Apple is home to plenty of technology jobs.

Many of these new tech job openings are due to West Coast companies expanding eastward to New York City, which has been nicknamed “Silicon Alley.” The most recognizable expansions include Google, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn.

JP Morgan Chase Company, IBM and NASDAQ are also big players when it comes to computer science and IT job openings in New York City. **

2. Sacramento, Calif.

Although it’s not one of the usual suspects, Sacramento has experienced a 37 percent increase in technology positions in 2012, making it one of the tech industry’s fastest growing cities.

Some of the growth can be attributed to the region’s clean technology firms. The term ‘clean technology’ refers to technology that uses less energy, generates less waste and causes less environmental damage than alternative processes. There are currently 99 clean tech companies in the Sacramento area.

Other top companies hiring computer science and IT professionals in Sacramento include Hewlett-Packard, Odesus and CompuCom. **

3. Atlanta, Ga.

This southern metropolis has become a hot bed for tech jobs in recent years, with opportunities increasing by 24 percent in 2012. With the recent announcement that General Motors plans to open an IT center in Atlanta—which is projected to provide more than 1,000 new jobs—this boost is expected to continue well into 2013.

In addition, Atlanta has attracted several tech companies due to its global transportation connectivity, its inexpensive business costs and the high number of technology grads in the area.

Many prominent companies’ headquarters are based in Atlanta as well, which is another source of employment for computer science and IT professionals. Some of the high profile companies based there are AT&T, The Home Depot and Coca-Cola. **

4. San Francisco, Calif.

The Golden Gate City is quickly becoming a top technology hub. The urban landscape and modern culture, along with favorable business taxes and affordable leases, are convincing many companies to relocate from Silicon Valley. The corporate headquarters of Twitter, Zynga, Pinterest and Pulse are among the top tech companies that migrated to San Francisco.

In addition to multinational companies moving in, much of San Francisco’s tech job growth has come from start-up companies. Dropbox, Square and Quantcast are just a few of these homegrown companies.

Other well-known companies hiring tech talent in San Francisco include, Advantis and Microsoft. **

5. Seattle, Wash.

Seattle has been a big player in the technology world for years thanks to tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. Amazon still accounts for a large majority of job opportunities for computer science and IT professionals today, and plans are in place to expand further.

Other prominent tech companies joined the party in Seattle as well, with Facebook and Google both opening offices in town. Seattle is also home to several start-up tech companies including Zulily, Swype and SEOmoz.

Other notable companies hiring computer science and IT gurus in Seattle include F5 Networks, Starbucks and Big Fish Games. **

What's next?

After our extensive comparison of computer science vs. information technology, you should have a better understanding of the following topics regarding each industry:

Basic job descriptions

Skills needed to succeed

Job outlook

Salary information

Job locations


So if you’re ready to turn this into your career, learn about the important role a degree can play in landing the tech job of your dreams.

Still unsure if these industries are a good fit for you? Share your questions or concerns in the comments below so we can help!


*Source: (Search of 1,498,998 computer science and IT jobs, 3/19/12 – 3/16/13).

**Source: (Analysis of 1,498,998 computer science and IT jobs by location, 3/19/12-3/16/13).

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