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San Jose metro area is #3 in Tech Town USA 2019 rankings

With tech/IT workers willing to move, San Jose remains strongly competitive

Post Date:12/17/2019 11:00 AM

A recent ranking of the metro areas best positioned to attract technology/IT showed the San Jose metro area is still a powerhouse, coming in at #3, with its competitiveness reduced only by the cost of living, according to CompTIA's Tech Town USA 2019 survey.  

Why is this important? Tech workers are highly mobile, and research shows that a whopping 78% of IT pros have moved, considered or would consider leaving their current city for a new position – and climate is considered a big consideration. At OED, we hear from the companies in San Jose that attracting a skilled workforce continues to be one of their highest priorities, and we're glad we have those 300 days of sunshine working in our favor.

Based on job posting data over a 12-month period (August 2018-July 2019), CompTIA looked at 20 metropolitan areas with populations over 250,000, where demand for tech workers is greatest. The cities were then ranked based on cost of living, number of postings for open IT positions and projected job growth over the next 12 months and the next five years.  Read the full report for more details.

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“The 2019 index includes predictable mainstays like San Jose (no. 3) and San Francisco (no. 5)” the report says, “And up-and-comers like Columbus (no. 12), San Diego (no. 17) and Tampa (no. 19).  You don’t have to live in California to enjoy a lucrative career in technology, but if you’re willing to pay more in exchange for about 300 days of sunshine each year, then the San Jose area is the place to be. Jumping up one spot from 2018, the San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara metro area comes in at no. 3 this year. With more than 140,000 IT jobs posted within the last year, there’s no question why San Jose continues to be a mainstay on our Tech Town list.”

Other nuggets from the report:

  • Tech jobs are expected to increase by 10% over the next five years
  • The cost of living in San Jose is 44.4% higher than the national average
  • While tech workers earn a median salary of $129,365 each year, that figure translates to $89,837 when adjusted for cost of living.

In the section regarding the attractions of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metro Area, it was interesting that the CompTIA report listed San Pedro Square, Santana Row and vibrant Asian, Latin, Vietnamese, and Central/South American neighborhoods with lively diversity, like Japantown - all of which are to be found in the city of San Jose!techrankSJ

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit to learn more. 

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