The Hottest Industries & Cities for Software Jobs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2017-08-03 Email

Would you believe that the technology industry isn't the fastest growing sector for software jobs? That's according to recent rankings from job site Glassdoor, which lists the fastest-growing industry segments and metropolitan areas for software professionals. Glassdoor compiled the rankings by identifying all job listings on its site containing the word "software" in its title: software engineer, software developer, etc. Then it calculated where (in terms of location and industry) these open positions grew the fastest over the past five years with respect to a percentage of overall software jobs. The results? While the top city (Seattle) is somewhat predictable, the No. 1 industry (retail) initially seems surprising. However, given the surge of interest in customer experience (CX) technologies, maybe it's not such a shocker. The upshot: You don't have to work for an IT company—or move to Silicon Valley—to stake out a great career in software. "Companies across a wide range of industries and locations increasingly need to recruit tech talent to power their businesses, improve operations and support bottom-line growth," said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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