Dallas a ‘Tried and True’ Place for Tech Talent, JLL Says

The report looked at employment data on computer programmers and software developers in metro areas across the U.S.


Companies across the nation constantly are looking for tech talent, and according to a new report by real estate firm JLL, they can find that talent right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

JLL has released a report, Cracking the Hardest Code: Where to Find Tech Talent, which looked at employment data on computer programmers and software developers.

While identifying the cities with the highest concentrations of people in those professions, JLL used the data to discover 10 cities with a “solid tech presence and a proven talent pipeline” that are outside the obvious areas such Silicon Valley, Seattle, San Francisco, and Austin.


In each job category, JLL has identified five “hidden gems,” and five “tried and true” cities.

Dallas was one of the cities recognized for its number of software developers, and fell in the “tried and true” category along with Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

The “hidden gems” are Albany, Sacramento, Columbus, Colorado Springs, and Madison, Wisconsin.

“Already employing 38,000 software developers, Dallas is not to be ignored.”
JLL report

You’ll notice that the “tried and true” markets include some of the biggest metro areas in the nation, and while they may not have the highest concentrations of computer programmers and software developers, they do have the largest number of people working those occupations, JLL said.

Here’s what JLL had to say about Dallas:

“Already employing 38,000 software developers, Dallas is not to be ignored. Anchored by long-established players in the tech scene like AT&T and Texas Instruments, there’s also new talent from incubators like Tech Wildcatters.

“And don’t forget the University of Texas-Dallas’ Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, which offers 23 undergrad and graduate degrees. Culturally, an urban resurgence in the Uptown submarket and major, mixed-use developments offer a mix of urban and suburban lifestyles.”

Clearly, Dallas has a lot to offer potential tech employers, with an abundance of skilled workers, and lifestyle choices, amenities, and financial perks for those living and working here.

The JLL report complements a study recently released by the business networking website Linkedin that also said North Texas has a large supply of tech workers in fields such as telecommunications, technology, IT infrastructure and systems management, and integrated circuit design.

While JLL and LinkedIn focused on tech employment, Dallas’ economy has diversified and is anything but a one-trick pony.

Forbes recently recognized Dallas as No. 1 on its list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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