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Top 10 cities for tech jobs in 2012

In Texas, you'll not only can you find the leading city in the U.S. for cleantech, but you'll also find the city with the largest growth in tech jobs from 2010 to 2011.
Written by Tyler Falk, Contributor on

In Texas, you'll not only find the leading city in the U.S. for cleantech, but you'll also find the city with the largest growth in tech jobs from 2010 to 2011.

Move over Silicon Valley, it's Houston.

At least according to CyberCoders, a worldwide recruiting firm, who ranked the cities with the largest job growth in the technology sector in the past year. The firm says Houston had a 145 percent increase in technology jobs from 2010 to 2011, while San Jose had a 100 percent growth in tech jobs.

Here's their top 10:

1. Houston

2. San Jose

3. Philadelphia

4. Dallas

5. San Francisco

6. Chicago

7. Boston

8. Los Angeles

9. Seattle

10. Atlanta

What pushed Houston to the top, above San Jose?

"Houston has always been a city rich in energy jobs, but we are now seeing that the demand for new and clean energy has helped fuel the growth in Houston's tech sector as well," said Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CyberCoders.

But the San Jose Business Journal is skeptical of the numbers and still thinks that San Jose is where it's at for tech jobs.

The most recent comparative data there shows the actual number of people in the Houson metropolitan area working in information sector jobs dropped by 5.4 percent between November 2010 and November 2011. It shows the region employed about 29,600 in such jobs at that time.

The number of people working in information jobs in the San Jose metro area grew by 6.7 percent to about 49,200 in that same time frame. [...]

So the world probably hasn't been turned upside down, after all. If it's a tech job you are looking for, Silicon Valley is the place to be.

Photo: telwink/Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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