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Old 02-13-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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As planing to move, just want to know something more.

For computer software engineer/programmer, which city has more job opportunities, Austin, Dallas, or Houston?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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As planing to move, just want to know something more.

For computer software engineer/programmer, which city has more job opportunities, Austin, Dallas, or Houston?
Houston has more fortune 500 companies than any city outside of NY. I would bet on Houston. Although, I'm sure there are opportunities in Austin and Dallas as well. Good luck.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: League City
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I agree. I think per capita, Austin would be first, followed by the telecom corridor near Dallas. However due to Houston's size and # of Fortune 500 companies, you will find a lot of supporting programmer jobs in oil/gas, the medical center, aerospace (maybe not so much right now), big businesses, etc. So for sheer number, I would vote Houston. In Austin I tend to think there are more programmer/software engineer jobs that aren't specifically tied to one industry. Just an opinion, though. I don't have any facts on that.

As a programmer myself, I am told over and over there are lots of job openings in Houston as long as you have the necessary experience.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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Not Austin. Competition for jobs in Austin is fierce because it s such a desireable city to live in. Also, wages tend to be somewhat lower there since people are willing to work there for less.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Several big game development companies in Dallas. Gearbox, Id, Zynga. Many telecoms up there too, but my experience with them is they are bringing in H1-B workers to replace Americans. Houston may be your best bet. I would try to line up a job before making the move though.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Go to job fairs in all those cities.

Ronnie
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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I just read something about Frisco (just north of Dallas) being one of Americas fastest growing cities and how they have a lot of jobs available. I'm not sure what sector those jobs are in, but probably a little of everything if they're growing community.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Downtown Area
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Houston hands down first, Dallas second, and Austin a solid last.

Austin is mainly a college town.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: League City
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Houston was the fastest growing city in the nation from 2000 - 2010. I believe it was in Forbes mag.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Fortbend County
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OP should ask which city has more IT job opportunities.

Houston is mainly for oil and gas industry. Software engineers will be working for coporate IT as overhead. So the pay is lower and no respect. The turn over rate is very low in Houston IT market because lack of opportunities. There is no demand for IT supporting in Houston. Oil companies are very sensitive about IT budget.

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