Watts (chipotle) wrote,
Watts
chipotle

Counting dots

Actually, I'm counting X's.</p>

I've been curious as to where the "web jobs" really are in the country these days, so I did a not-very-scientific survey of jobs on Monster. I used my typical boolean search string:

"((content or web) and (writer or developer or designer)) or webmaster"

I asked it to sort by relevance and limit the search to jobs posted within the last 30 days. Then I made a spreadsheet listing metro areas as they came up, and marked an "x" for each job within that metro area. The definition of "metro area" was the most subjective--there are probably cities in the multistate metro areas of the Northeast that I missed, and I stretched some other areas (not everyone would consider San Rafael and Concord in the SF Bay Area, for instance, since they'd be quite a hike from, say, San Jose). And, I stopped counting when I hit 250 jobs. So what'd the list look like?

By Metro AreaBy State
  1. Washington, DC
  2. Los Angeles/Orange County
  3. Boston Metro
  4. NYC
  5. SF Bay Area
  6. Chicago
  7. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  8. Seattle/Redmond
  9. Philadelphia
  10. St. Louis
  1. California
  2. Virginia (DC)
  3. Texas
  4. Massachussetts
  5. New York
  6. Pennsylvania (tie)
    Illinois (tie)
  7. Washington
  8. Missouri
  9. Florida (tie)
    Georgia (tie)
    Kentucky (tie)

There were certainly a few surprises here. I wouldn't have expected so much in Boston, for instance, and I'd have expected Minneapolis, Atlanta and Denver to be higher (they were 12, 13 and 16 respectively). And Austin, the hippest town in Texas, barely registered (showing up at 23, tied with six others for a single listing).

So does this mean I'm going to be more open to moving to the northeast? Hmm. I don't know. I won't ignore the numbers--as informal as this survey may be, that's a significant data point. But I am not a fan of the climate. And the list doesn't take into account whether I'm qualified for the positions, or whether they're in fields I'd like. A significant number of the jobs showing up around the DC area these days for techies relate to defense contracting and CoIntelPro, er, Homeland Security, and many other jobs in the northeast (particularly around the Philadelphia area) require a medical or pharmaceutical background.

Incidentally, the Tampa Bay metro area was tied with Austin, Miami, Portland, San Antonio and Tallahassee with one job each. The highest-scoring area in Florida was Orlando, with four.

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