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West Coast Tech vs. East Coast Tech

Silcon Valley hiring and Silicon Alley hiring can be very different. Here are the skill set and demand levels for the respective areas.


Wanted Analytics brings us the following data:


In February, we compared the tech hiring in the Silicon Valley to that of the “Silicon Alley” – an emerging technology community in New York City. Today, we wanted to look at the skills and certifications most required in these 2 tech communities. Do Recruiters and hiring managers require different tools and technologies in each location?


First, a look at overall hiring demand. During the past 60 days, there were 67,000 IT and technical job ads posted online in these 2 areas, representing a 2.5% year-over-year increase. Recruiters in New York City accounted for about 36,600 job ads, while the San Jose and San Francisco areas saw about 31,000 job ads online.


Hiring Demand for Technology Professionals in New York (Silicon Alley) and the Silicon Valley
– 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Tech Jobs - Silicon Valley vs. New York 

Source: WANTED Analytics


First we’ll look at the tools and technologies that potential candidates are required to have knowledge and experience with:


15 Most Commonly Required Tech Skills
– New York
15 Most Commonly Required Tech Skills
– Silicon Valley
  1. Structured query language (SQL)
  2. Oracle Java
  3. UNIX
  4. Linux
  5. Hypertext Markup language (HTML)
  6. Microsoft SQL Server
  7. Javascript
  8. Microsoft OFfice
  9. Extensible markup language (XML)
  10. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  11. .NET Framework
  12. Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
  13. Microsoft PowerPoint
  14. Active Server Pages (ASP)
  15. Microsoft Office Visio
  1. Oracle Java
  2. Linux
  3. Structured query language (SQL)
  4. UNIX
  5. Javascript
  6. Python
  7. HTML
  8. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl)
  9. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  10. Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
  11. My SQL
  12. VMware Software
  13. Android
  14. AJAX
  15. Ruby


Many of the skills needed to work in New York and the Silicon Valley are the same, but in a different order of demand. However, in New York, potential candidates are most often required to have knowledge of Microsoft programs – specifically PowerPoint and Visio. In comparison, Python, Perl, VMware, Android, AJAX, and Ruby are more commonly required in the Silicon Valley than in New York.


Next, we’ll look at the most commonly required certifications in each area:


10 Most Commonly Required Tech Certifications
– New York
10 Most Commonly Required Tech Certifications
– Silicon Valley
  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Information Systems Secuirty Professional (CISSP)
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  4. Project Management Institute (PMI)
  5. Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)
  6. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  7. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  8. Business Process Management (BPM)
  9. IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP)
  10. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  3. Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)
  4. Cisco CCIE Voice
  5. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  6. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  7. Project Management Institute (PMI)
  8. Software Testing Professional
  9. Business Solutions Delivery (BSD)
  10. Business Process Management (BPM)


Again, many of the certifications are required in both New York and the Silicon Valley. However, in New York, it is more common to see candidates need Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Manager (CISM) and Rational Unified Process (RUP) training. In the Silicon Valley, Business Solutions Delivery (BSD), Cisco CCIE and Software Testing Professional certifications  are more commonly required.

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