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The Cities Creating The Most Technology Jobs 2015

Half our ranking is based on changes in employment at companies in high-technology industries, such as software and engineering. We ranked the 52 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas by the growth in tech and STEM employment from 2004 to 2014, as well as for their more near-term growth from 2012 to 2014 to give credit for current momentum.

Focus Infographic: What Can You Expect To Earn In The Valley?

Silicon Valley earns its famous reputation not just from the fortunes that entrepreneurs create, but also from the high-paying careers available to tech-savvy employees. But living in the Valley is incredibly expensive. This infographic done with Focus, looks at working in the Valley, and if its really worth it.


The Highest-Paying Cities For Tech Jobs

Silicon Valley is on top yet again. For 10 years Dice, a 24-year-old site that specializes in technology jobs, has rated the metro area that stretches from San Jose to San Francisco as the top-paying spot in the country for tech jobs. The average salary: $112,600, up 3.7% from the year before. That’s some $23,000 more than the nationwide average of $89,450. Across the country, tech salaries are up 2% over the previous year.

See our slideshow for the top ten cities with the highest salaries.
Take These Actions Now to Boost Your Career for 2012

The New Year is here. Are you ready? Here are three action items you can do now to help your career in 2012.

1. Update your resume with business results from 2011

The past quickly fades from view, and if you don’t record your business successes — with numbers — you won’t remember what they were when you need them. Like when you’re looking for a new job or going after that promotion within your company.

Business results are the impact of your work on your business (small company) or department (big company). Saying that you worked on 20 projects over the course of the year doesn’t mean as much as saying your programming work defined the inventory business rules that saved your company $100,000 in material inventory.

Always define your results in business — not IT — terms. And if you don’t have the numbers, now is the time to go get them, before everyone else who worked on the projects forget what was done and what results were achieved.

2. Know what your 2012 business goals are — and how you will achieve them

Most companies should have 2012 goals in place by now. Behind every goal, though, is the story on how you will achieve that goal. If your business goal is to convert from one system to another, you should already have a plan for how to do that. It should define the timelines and the steps (or milestones) needed to do the conversion.

Without a plan to achieve the goal, the goal becomes meaningless. Until your performance review.

3. Determine how long your job will last

Every job ends. It’s just a question of when. Whether the company says your time is done, you say you can’t stand this job any longer, or you believe it has become a dead-end, someone will decide that your job will end.

You have the most influence and control over your circumstances when you forecast the end of your job. And as soon as you predict the end, that’s when you should take action and start marketing yourself to land your next gig.

Ideally, you should re-evaluate your situation every quarter — or monthly, depending on your circumstances. Most of us, though, don’t make that forecast until it is too late. So evaluate your situation now and make a note on your calendar to review again later to see if it is still holding true.

Based on my Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ streams, plus face-to-face conversations with my friends, it’s clear that many people are happy to kick 2011 to the curb. With enthusiasm.

But kicking a year to the curb doesn’t change your circumstances; only your actions will. Taking these three action steps will help you start your career off right in 2012.

Read more at News.Dice.Com.

Silicon Milkroundabout - is it enough to lure engineering, maths, and computer science students away from becoming quants for the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley? How many new graduates are willing to pass up £50k+ salaries to join a start up? Will the tech companies get “second best” students, the rejects of i-banks?

Nevertheless, it is good to see residents of Silicon Roundabout taking fate into their own hands in recruiting the bright minds of Britain.

Most of our programs have guaranteed financing,“ says Shawn Drost, a co-founder of Hack Reactor. "We ship the private lenders our sheets of graduates and defaulters and they end up charging like 10 percent interest, and students pay it back within in a year.” He says about half his students take advantage of these private loans. General Assembly says it’s 15 to 20 percent.

A new company, Affirm, has just this week entered the boot camp lending business. It says it will lend to riskier boot camp borrowers at annual interest rates up to 20 percent.

“It’s progressive underwriting,” says VP Brad Selby, who previously worked at Paypal (Affirm CEO Max Levchin, a Paypal founder, is well known in the tech scene). “We want to approve more people.”
Career Hint: Become a Performance Specialist

Here’s an IT career hint that may not have crossed your mind:

One of the most pressing trends this year just might end up being the biggest: performance management. The ability to manage and direct applications to the storage infrastructure and to the right storage medium might be the most important software tool to acquire–and the most critical IT skill to develop–this year.

IT analyst George Crump contends that server and desktop virtualization both demand better performance, and the hardware to deliver it—solid state storage and higher-speed networks—exists. What’s missing, he says, is an understanding of which application or virtual machine qualifies for the highest level of bandwidth and the highest level of performing storage.

The IT skill set involved to diagnose and address these problems needs to be developed this year. At the same time that IT personnel are learning the skills, there is a desperate need for the tools needed to provide this information to administrators.

Figuring out how to merge tools that manage application performance, virtualization performance, and storage infrastructure performance into a single app with a single interface isn’t easy, but it’s a skill in demand at a time when IT departments are being asked to do more with what they have, rather than propose budget-busting upgrades.

“In 2012 the job will fall on the performance management specialist to make sure that sudden performance peaks don’t shut down critical applications,” says Crump. You can read more about what a virtualization performance specialist is, keeping in mind that performance improvement in general is always a coveted IT skill. The Dice job listings prove it.

Read more at News.Dice.Com.

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SAN FRANCISCO — After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.

So Mr. Minton, a 26-year-old math major, took a three-month course in computer programming and data analysis. As a waiter, he made $20,000 a year. His starting salary last year as a data scientist at a web start-up here was more than $100,000.

“Six figures, right off the bat,” Mr. Minton said. “To me, it was astonishing.”

Stories like his are increasingly familiar these days as people across a spectrum of jobs — poker players, bookkeepers, baristas — are shedding their past for a future in the booming tech industry. The money sloshing around in technology is cascading beyond investors and entrepreneurs into the broader digital work force, especially to those who can write modern code, the language of the digital world.