Where the IT Jobs Are

by Janet Pinkerton | Apr 03, 2012

North Carolina has become a hotbed for IT jobs; Denver, Atlanta and Chicago keep growing and St. Louis has emerged as one of the top IT job markets, according to TEKsystems.

Below is TEKsystems ranking of the top 10 markets where it has seen the most demand for IT workers. The company reports that the majority of IT worker demand is in specialized job roles: business analysts, project managers, .NET developers and mobility application developers, for example.

Across the 10 top IT job markets, TEKsystems Market Research Analyst Jason Hayman sees common denominators driving IT job growth: industries—such as healthcare, finance and energy—responding to new regulations or legislations. “They have to hit new levels of efficiency or reporting, and/or they’re moving information from paper forms to electronic storage,” says Hayman. “In all of those instances, that’s were people need IT. That’s where we are seeing demand.”

North Carolina boasts not one but three markets in TEKsystems Top 10 IT Job Markets: Greensboro (#1), Raleigh (#3) and Charlotte (#8). TEKsystems has seen the region’s demand for IT workers has grown steadily for three to five years.

Hayman notes the Greensboro market is growing in synergy with the Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle Park, thanks in part to the region’s cheaper, skilled labor; lower cost of living, pleasant climate and large university systems (UNC, Duke). “It continues to become a hot, growing city,” says Hayman.

Denver (#2) has seen steady IT job growth for many years, as more companies and workers migrate out of Silicon Valley. Telcom and finance have been strong for years, but Denver cultivated a cleantech/alternative energy industry that’s now augmenting its energy sector. In addition, Hayman notes, the Rocky Mountain lifestyle is attracting a lot of Gen-Y professionals filling the demand for IT. “It’s become the hip new place.”

Supported in part by the energy industry, IT jobs in Texas in general have remained immune to the recession, and Dallas emerges as #4 on TEKsystems top markets for IT jobs list.  Hayman notes that “As energy and utilities are hit with green legislation, they’re hiring IT workers and IT companies to help them cut costs and make their systems more efficient and effective—to make sure emissions and security features on an automated pipeline meet EPA standards, for example.”

Government mandates with aggressive deadlines are also driving health care companies’ demand for IT workers, as can be seen in Atlanta (#5, a big healthcare, telcom town).  Among both healthcare providers and insurers, “Companies just can’t get enough IT workers with healthcare experience,” said Hayman.

IT systems support the financial industry’s need for increased transparency (as required by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) and faster transaction processing, and that drives IT job creation.  “That’s where New York’s IT job market (#6) really benefits,” says Hayman.

In the Baltimore/Washington, DC, market (#7), healthcare and financial firms, plus government and its contractors help drive IT employment. Fort Meade is transforming into an intelligence center, with the expansion of the National Security Agency and the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command. “They’re installing lots of new facilities, and we expect that to drive a big spike in IT job demand that will eventually level off,” says Hayman.

This is the first time that St. Louis (#9) appeared on TEKsystems top IT job markets list, and Hayman sees an increased IT hiring activity among St. Louis manufacturers and healthcare companies.

As an IT market, Chicago (#10) is similar to New York City, with its large finance and insurance sectors.


TEK Systems’ Top 10 IT Job Markets

IT Job Demand Rank


Estimated IT Market Size (millions)

Important Local Industry Sectors Driving IT Job Growth




Health care (Cone Health, High Point Regional Health System, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna),
financial services (Bank of America, Lincoln Financial),
manufacturing (P&G, Volvo Truck, Ralph Lauren, RFMD) and
mail processing/freight logistics (U.S. Postal Service, UPS). 




Finance (Wells Fargo, eWise, Western Union, CNA Financial),
Telecom (Qwest, CenturyLink, Sprint Nextel),
Cleantech (Vestas, GE, SMA America, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, juwi, Ascent Solar),
IT startups (Aventura, DataLogix); 
Aerospace (Ball, Boeing, ITT, Northrup Grumman); and
Healthcare (Denver Health, HealthONE, Exempla, Centra, Kaiser Permanente, Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Life Science District)




Government (NC, Wake County, U.S. EPA),
IT (new IBM Data Center, Cisco, Avaya, Red Hat),
healthcare (WakeMed, Rex),
business intelligence/process (SAS Institute, RTI Int’l, ACS/Xerox),
pharma (GlaxoSmithKline), and
Telcom (Verizon Business).




Energy/Utilities (Ambit Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Denbury Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources) and
Telecom (AT&T, Ericsson, MetroPCS, Samsung, Verizon)




Telcom (Verizon, AT&T, and a cadre of mobile application developers), and
healthcare (Center for Disease Control, McKesson’s Healthcare IT division, UnitedHealth Group, Emory Healthcare)


New York


Finance (J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, INTL FCStone) and
Healthcare (New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., MetLife, NYLife, TIAA-CREFF).


Baltimore / Washington


Government (Federal, state and their contractors such as BAE, SAIC, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, CSC),
healthcare (MedStar, Inova, GBMC Healthcare, LifeBridge, MedStar, University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins),
Finance (HSBC, T. Rowe Price, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, PNC)




Finance (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citco),
healthcare (Carolinas, Novant), and
Energy (Siemens Energy, Duke Energy)


St. Louis


Finance, (Wells Fargo, Edward Jones, ScottTrade),
Manufacturing (Emerson Electric, Jost Chemical, Monsanto) and
Healthcare (Express Scripts, BJC, SSM, Tenent, Mercy)




Finance (Chase, Bank of America, GE Capital), Manufacturing (Illinois Tool Works) and
Insurance (Allstate, Aon, CNA)

Source: SIA (Staffing Industry Analysts) and TEKsystems proprietary data

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