Three St. Louis companies among top in US for tech jobs, report says

A trio of companies that are either based in St. Louis or have substantial operations in the area ranked among the country’s top 50 tech employers in 2019, according to a new report from jobs website Dice.

Two companies headquartered in the area made the list: software consulting firm Perficient at 40th, and health insurer Centene at 41st. Boeing, which is headquartered in Chicago but houses substantial defense operations in St. Louis County, ranked 16th.

Despite the presence of those big employers, St. Louis didn’t make Dice’s list of the top 20 cities for tech employment. New York topped that list, followed by San Francisco and Chicago. Kansas City also failed to crack the top 20.

Missouri ranked 19th for tech employment by state, matching its performance from 2018. California, Texas and New York led that list.

The report also listed the 20 hottest tech occupations, with software developer, network engineer and systems engineer ranking as the most in-demand. One occupation that was unlisted in last year’s report that made a big jump in this year’s report was devops engineer, which ranked 14th.

With cloud technology is on the rise, data engineer, data scientist and cloud architect were among the fastest growing occupations, according to the report. Data engineer grew by 50% from last year.

While business-oriented skills such as project management and quality assurance and control were also included in the top-20 tech skills for 2019, programming languages made up a majority of the rankings, with SQL, Java and JavaScript seeing high demand.

To come up with its rankings, Dice analyzed more than 6 million tech job postings from 2019 while receiving insight from about 1 billion current and previous job postings worldwide provided by a partner firm, Burning Glass Technologies.

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