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Always keep an eye on the Bureau of Labor Statistics rankings. Another indicator of IT health is colleges and universities. Top IT hot spots Always keep an eye on the Bureau of Labor Statistics rankings. Another indicator of IT health is colleges and universities.

Dear Molly: Maybe you can help me figure something out. I am a systems engineer and the company I work for wants me to transfer to another part of the country–I live in Atlanta now. I have a couple of choices as to where I will go and I want to figure out which one is the best city for IT jobs. I know I won’t always work for this company, and I don’t want to accidentally end up in a technology backwater. Can you help?

Molly says: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has compiled an analysis of IT hot spots using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are the top five. Visit the SIIA Web site to see the list of the top 25.

The Boulder-Longmont area of Colorado tops the list of IT job hot spots with more than five times the national average of jobs. San Jose and San Francisco come next, which is no surprise. What did surprise me, though, is that Washington, D.C. (and I am assuming the outlying areas) comes fourth on the list. Boston and the high-tech corridor that stretches north from the city into New Hampshire is 5th. Atlanta is 20th on the list, but Huntsville, AL is 18th! Seattle is 12th–I thought it would have been higher.

Just about every area of the country is represented–even Iowa made the list. So, if you can’t get your top pick of regions, try for a city on the list or one that has several large universities in it. Clusters of colleges and universities usually indicate IT work going on in and around an area.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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