Friday, October 5, 2007

Ontario Emperor, Truemormonger


My first submission to Truemors is here. (I can't claim credit for the graphic - one of the editors must have added it to spruce the thing up a bit.)

The original InfoWorld article is devoted to the thought "Wow - there's a high percentage of IT people in Washington, DC!" Frankly, I'll have to admit that Washington has changed a lot since I lived there in the 1970s. (But they still all read Mike Causey, I reckon.)

It's important to note that the InfoWorld statistic talks about percentages of computer specialists, rather than sheer numbers of computer specialists. This is why Huntsville, for example, was so high on the list. Brownte's comment captured the issue best:

If you go the the original article at Computerworld, you can see total IT numbers, and search metro areas....[Percentages are] a goofy statistic. If you're an IT pro who wants to go where there is a lot of opportunity, would you choose Bloomington, IL (4,216 total jobs) or Dallas, TX (97,659)?

For the record, InfoWorld's list (by percentage) is as follows:

  • Silicon Valley

  • D.C. metro area

  • Raleigh/Cary, N.C.

  • Boulder, Colo.

  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Bloomington/Normal, Ill.
  • Trenton-Ewing, N.J.
  • Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  • Manchester-Nashua, N.H.
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
But as the InfoWorld article itself notes, New York/northern New Jersey/Long Island has the most IT jobs, followed by metropolitan Washington, DC and metropolitan Chicago.

Brownte directed me to the original ComputerWorld article, which includes links to an interactive map and a searchable database.

For the record, Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario lists 20,921 employed IT workers, making up 1.2% of the overall workforce. Needless to say, we have a large number of people in the IE who are self-employed in the pharmaceutical industry.

P.S. I'm happy to get into Truemors. My next goal - to let into Truemors' Crap category. Any post from this blog should suffice.

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Anonymous said...

Posting to Crap is easy.

Keeping it out of the Dumpster is hard. :-)

Ontario Emperor said...

I suspect that my unrestrained postings could make it into any dumpster quite easily. Actually, I'm surprised at some of the stories that made it there.