Washington, DC outperforms New York City for tech job postings

Despite all the headlines about layoffs at the biggest tech companies, companies everywhere continue to hire tech professionals. Which metro areas are seeing the most tech hiring activity?

We can contact for an answer CompTIA’s monthly job report, which breaks down the metro areas with the most tech job postings (CompTIA relies on Lightcast, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country). As you can see from the chart below, December was a very good month for Washington, DC and New York City:

For decades, the federal government dominated Washington, DC’s tech scene. Various federal agencies require thousands of tech experts for virtually every purpose from keeping websites up and running to ensuring tech stacks are protected from internal and external attacks. Government contractors (particularly in emerging industries like defense) suck up tech talent every year.

In recent years, the city’s tech pros have also benefited from the rise of major tech scenes in nearby Virginia and Maryland. For example, Amazon has built a massive “HQ2” facility in Northern Virginia that will reportedly employ more than 25,000 workers when completed by 2030. Maryland is also enjoying significant momentum in hiring technicians, based on data from CompTIA. Combined with DC’s attempts to nurture a local startup scene, you have plenty of opportunities for tech professionals with the right mix of skills and experience.

This burgeoning tech scene has translated into higher compensation. A 2020 study by management software company Carta found that tech professionals in Washington, DC make 97 percent of what their counterparts in San Francisco make. “Northern Virginia has become an industry magnet as the Dulles Technology Corridor continues to grow along the Silver Line and Amazon HQ2 is built in Arlington,” Added axeswho summarized the report.

New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas led the CompTIA list. If you add up all the job postings for San Francisco and San Jose, it also becomes clear that Silicon Valley is doing quite well despite everything recent layoffs at Meta, Twitter, Salesforce and other prominent local businesses. General tech unemployment reached 1.8 percent in Decembersuggesting widespread demand for all types of tech professionals.