How to find a job in tech without moving to San Francisco

Want to work in tech, but Silicon Valley isn’t your style?

Seattle, Washington, DC or Detroit could be your new home. Those three cities have seen the most gains in software-related job postings over the past five years, according to a data analysis that jobs site Glassdoor released Wednesday.

The numbers speak to the rapidly changing definition of a “tech company,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist. “Many companies are trying to transform themselves into tech companies,” he said. “Any company that finds itself with a lot of data on its hands, about logistics, pricing or customers and they want to transform that into some kind of product or app somehow, they’ve got to be hiring software developers.”

Glassdoor analyzed all job postings that had “software” in their titles and ranked which cities saw the biggest gains in their share of those postings from 2012 to 2017, showing fast-growing tech scenes. Seattle had the biggest increase in software jobs of any city, up 6.7 percent since 2012. It now makes up 16.9 percent of the software-related job openings posted on Glassdoor. In 2012, it had 10.2 percent of the software-related job openings posted on Glassdoor.

Metro area Share of software job postings in 2012 Share of software job postings in 2017 Change
Seattle 10.2 percent 16.9 percent 6.7 percent
Washington, DC 5.5 percent 6.8 percent 1.3 percent
Detroit 0.8 percent 1.6 percent 0.8 percent
Denver 1.3 percent 2.1 percent 0.7 percent
Austin 1.6 percent 2.3 percent 0.7 percent
San Francisco 7.2 percent 7.9 percent 0.6 percent
Dallas-Fort Worth 2.2 percent 2.6 percent 0.4 percent
New York City 4.5 percent 4.9 percent 0.4 percent
Orlando 0.5 percent 0.8 percent 0.3 percent
Raleigh-Durham 0.9 percent 1.3 percent 0.3 percent


Washington, DC, showed the second-highest amount of growth in software-related jobs: Those jobs grew 1.3 percent between 2012 and 2017. In 2012, the city was home to 5.5 percent of…

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