Recommendations for a relocation city for IT work

JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
Greetings, more then likely I will be separating from the US Army early.

I have no intentions of moving back to Omaha. There is no IT there, except for dead-end call centers/help desk type of work.

I am looking at moving to a different and bigger city to find better IT work. Right now I'm looking at Texas (Dallas and/or Austin) for work.

My two criteria is:

-more job opportunities
-ability to network with IT professional, say Meetup.com or professional groups

However I would like to get input on other cities in seeking better career opportunities.

thanks
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  • gbdavidxgbdavidx Posts: 840Member
    iowa may be boring but i hear it has the lowest unemployment rate in the us, if i was single and needed a job id probably move there, others id probably move to seattle or portland, but thats because i like those two cities
  • it_consultantit_consultant Posts: 1,903Member
    Austin is good, Denver/Boulder is good, San Jose is excellent (but competitive).
  • PsoasmanPsoasman Posts: 2,687Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    The Seattle area is very good right now.
  • ptilsenptilsen Posts: 2,835Member
    Seattle, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles. Seattle is really the only one I'd consider strongly for career reasons, personally.
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  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    Seattle, Minneapolis is HOT, several cities in Texas. Back in 2011 over 1/3 of the new jobs were provided in the state of Texas, it's almost like it's own country. This is against the nation all 50 states and 1/3 of those new jobs were in Texas. I think that speaks volumes.
  • NutsacjacNutsacjac Posts: 76Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I've heard nothing but good about Austin from colleagues who have migrated there.
  • FloOzFloOz Posts: 1,614Member
    Austin and RTP. I've also been seeing a ton of postings for openings in the Denver area
  • IristheangelIristheangel ABL - Always Be Labbin' Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,114Mod Mod
    Hopefully this will help you. It's a recent survey of job satisfaction per metro. There's also a lot of IT hubs in the first 5:
    San Jose Best City To Work In; Glassdoor Employment Satisfaction Report Card By City | Glassdoor Blog
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  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    N2IT wrote: »
    Minneapolis is HOT, several cities in Texas. Back in 2011 over 1/3 of the new jobs were provided in the state of Texas, it's almost like it's own country. This is against the nation all 50 states and 1/3 of those new jobs were in Texas. I think that speaks volumes.

    I have family in Minneapolis and applied for a job there on a whim. Got an interview, however it was the case that I wasn't qualified and the company wasn't willing to train either...Also I don't think I could take the harsh winters either. I don't know how you can do it.

    As for Texas, its looking more and more like a great place to end up.
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  • undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
    I'll chime in with my support for the Seattle area as well. I am always seeing plenty of IT positions across the experience spectrum open around here. Though I also imagine that the competition for the jobs is a bit more fierce as well.
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  • ptilsenptilsen Posts: 2,835Member
    JockVSJock wrote: »
    Also I don't think I could take the harsh winters either. I don't know how you can do it.
    He doesn't have to anymore, but I love it. Realistically, if you don't like the cold, you don't need to spend more than 20 minutes a day in it, maybe 40 if your car takes time to heat up. Garages are almost omnipresent on houses and apartments.

    By comparison, I couldn't stand the Texas heat for even five minutes. The commute would be unbearable.
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