The U.S. News Best Places Data Drill Down, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that sheds light on multiple data points in order to help readers make the most informed decision when choosing where to live in the United States. Visit our 2016 Best Places to Live ranking to see which of the 100 most populous metro areas made it to the top of the list based on good value, desirability, a strong job market and a high quality of life.
If you're considering a career change, you might want to think about a job as a software developer. Or an engineer. Or an electronics technician.
Technology is one of the most rapidly growing job industries in the United States. According to the Cyberstates 2016 report, published by the Computing Technology Industry Association, the technology industry has created nearly 200,000 jobs in 2015, which translates to an above-average 3-percent year-over-year growth in new jobs. This has led to more professionals working in technology-based positions, such as computer systems analyst, web developer, information security analyst and database administrator.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12-percent growth in the technology industry by 2024, which equals about 500,000 new jobs. The BLS attributes this surge to a continued increase in cloud and mobile computing, as well as more ordinary items being connected to the internet.
Although the demand for technology specialists is growing across the country, it's stronger in some metro areas than others. We evaluated the strength of the overall job market in each of the 100 most populous metro areas (an important factor in the 2016 U.S. News Best Places to Live ranking), and the year-over-year growth of opportunities in the technology sector in those areas. Based on that analysis, these are the top 10 places to live if you work, or want to work, in the tech industry.