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If you’re a tech worker, your skills are in demand and you can find work with competitive pay in a large variety of towns. But according to online salary database PayScale.com, some cities stood out as having the best pay and the most jobs. Here are the top ten cities for technology jobs right now.
- Greater San Francisco. Home of Google, Facebook, and countless others, that the Bay area ranks first for technology career opportunities shouldn’t come as a surprise.
- Seattle. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and a strong startup community keep tech workers flocking to the northwestern city. Look for tech jobs in Seattle.
- Washington, DC. The U.S. capital has a huge need for tech workers who know how to build security systems, maintain collections of data, and support U.S. defense.
- Austin. Dell as well as a strong startup community keep tech workers employed – and the need for tech workers here is only growing. Look for tech jobs in Austin.
- Raleigh. Part of the Research Triangle, Raleigh, North Carolina has a high concentration of technology companies, academic research institutions, startups and more. It’s perfect for a tech worker looking for a new opportunity. Look for tech jobs in Raleigh.
- Denver. Local universities and a great economy makes Denver a great spot for tech workers – especially those who love the outdoors.
- Salt Lake City. Overstock.com, the U.S. Air Force, and L-3 Communications among others provide plenty of tech jobs with excellent pay.
- Boston. Major research universities and big biotech companies abound in Boston, making it a top pick for people looking for technology jobs.
- Minneapolis. United Health Group, General Mills, Accenture, and several universities are located in Minneapolis, and with them thousands of tech jobs.
- New York City. From major employers to soon-to-be-big startups, NYC is a city of opportunity for anyone, and especially people looking for tech jobs.
A new survey by app maker TINYpulse suggests many tech workers aren’t happy with their jobs – despite being well-compensated monetarily.
According to a poll of 5,000 developers, IT specialists, engineers and others, technical workers are less happy than other types of workers in each category. For example, only 36% of tech workers say they see opportunity for professional growth, compared to 50% of other workers, such as plumbers, teachers and architects.
Tech workers gave a similar response for questions regarding their relationships with co-workers, feeling recognized for their contributions, and being happy in general at work. For each question, they reported their overall satisfaction as lower than that of other types of workers.
This survey comes on the heels of The New York Times report of a dismal workplace environment at Amazon.
But this shouldn’t be the case. Technical skills are some of the most highly sought after today, and technical workers are paid six figure salaries because of it. Perhaps the findings point to a disconnect between these workers, and the companies that employee them. If the findings are true, companies must evaluate the situation and figuring out how to best improve it through constant back-and-forth communication with their employees. These workers are helping to create the future, and it’s in everyone’s interests that their voices be heard about how to make their work environments happy, healthy, and conducive to their best performance.
As for tech workers finding happiness on the job – it’s important to find the right company culture fit, when searching for a new technical job opportunity, whether it’s a permanent or project-based tech job. Do your research and take your time getting to know the company, before accepting an offer. Take advantage of technical recruiting firms like TRC Professional Solutions who can do much of your legwork for you. Your skill set is crucial to the workforce today, and you deserve to be happy at work.
Have you heard about “Amy,” the unaquired tech worker She was the only worker in her five-person company not hired by Google when they acquired the company. Ouch. As part of the acquisition, Google paid off investors and gave each worker, including Amy, $10,000. Still, that’s a far cry from the $250,000 starting salaries her former coworkers received from the tech giant.
She was also a female and a designer, two of the reasons she cites as probable causes. Her four co-workers were engineers.
Ashamed and feeling silenced, she found a voice through controversial Silicon valley gossip app Secret, posting:
“Google was interested in buying my 5 person company for our team. They hired everyone but me.”
She doesn’t seem to be taking the news too well. In an anonymous interview with a New York Magazine reporter, she says “I feel like I have no power, that this happened to me, and it’s my fault,” she said. “I feel so betrayed. And, at this point, I don’t really feel like I have it in me to fail again.” This quote is one of many which reveal a currently downtrodden attitude.
We understand the crushing disappointment. But we think she would benefit from a new perspective. Amy didn’t fail anymore than the rest of the group succeeded. Their company was out of money, and in a simple business transaction that had nothing to do with Amy and everything to do with Google hiring engineers, Google “acquired” the company for a lump sum and the engineers.
Amy’s resume now includes building a start-up from the ground up and it being acquired by Google of all companies. She has the important experience of seeing a start-up from beginning to end. She will learn to survive a what has been to her a heartbreaking disappointment – something we all go through – learn from it, and move on.
If anything, Amy may wonder why her CEO didn’t get her a decent severance package from the deal. He may not have had her interests at heart. She also might check in with her former work colleagues months down the road to see if they’re actually happy in their newly acquired positions, as acquired workers don’t always get put on the projects they enjoy versus if they’d gone out – like Amy is hopefully going to do – and hand selected projects they find fulfilling.