Raleigh Named #1 U.S. City For IT Pros

You may have noticed that Raleigh shows up on just about every “Best of” list these days.  “Best Place to Live”, “Best Place to Work”, and “Best Place to Start a Family” are just a few of the categories the region shows up in on a regular basis.

Top 10 Hottest Cities for IT Pros

When it comes to what’s driving the economy of the Raleigh-Durham region, the list just released by technology jobs site Dice.com says it all – “10 Hot Cities for IT Pros in 2015”.  Raleigh not only leads the list, it indicates 23% IT job growth from Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015.  Compare that to Silicon Valley, an impressive #5 with 10% year-over-year growth – and you’ll recognize that Raleigh isn’t just the Silicon Valley of the East, the Research Triangle region has established its own identity.

The Booming Research Triangle Park

Although Raleigh gets the nod on most lists, it is really the entire Research Triangle region that is fueling the new economy, encompassing Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and all points in between.  Research Triangle Park was established by a group of visionaries all the way back in 1959 as a way to keep North Carolina educated workers from leaving the state for employment opportunities.  Today RTP boasts over 190 companies employing more than 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors including U.S. headquarters or operations hubs of major players including IBM, Cisco, Citrix, and Glaxo Smith Kline. Learn more here!

The Value of Certifications

In 2015, while its true employers still want to see experience, “recruiters and analysts report a growing interest in certification.”  Analyst firm Foote Partners, which tracks the value of more than 300 certifications, stated in July, 2014 that they’ve seen the value of certifications rising over the past year.

If you’re considering a career change to IT , or an advancement of your current IT career, make sure certifications are part of your consideration and look at the Research Triangle region as a land of opportunity.

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