Which Coast Has the Best Tech Employment Trends?


The US coastal regions make up less than 10% of the country’s total area, but together they contain about 40 percent of the population, 123 million people to be exact.

It is therefore no surprise that these areas offer the highest number of employment opportunities, which in turn, attract immigrants from other regions and from abroad.

However, even though both are “coastal” regions, as West Coast-rapper Tupac Shakur and East Coast-rapper The Notorious B.I.G. could testify (if they weren’t dead that is…), the two coasts are very different in terms of culture, lifestyle and, as we will discuss below, tech employment opportunities.

In this article we will examine the top 3 tech employment trends of each coast based on real information from real tech engineers, who are using Woo freely and discreetly to explore their next career opportunities.

We have collected from our database the most up-to-date data based on our audience of engineers and their top 10 most desired industry of choice to work in.


Read on to find out the differences between the desires of software engineers from the West coast to those on the East coast.

West coast – most wanted industries

The west coast, with its friendly weather and laidback lifestyle, is sought after by applications developer, systems software engineer, database manager, IT security analyst and more. As the coast in which the Silicon Valley is located, hosting household names such Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, PayPal and more, the West Coast is undoubtedly the tech Mecca. According to our audience of engineers and their desired industry of choice to work in, candidates from the west coast were interested in the following tech fields:

1. Machine learning – some say the future of all tech is in machine learning. We at Woo should be the first to agree. If you’re considering a career as a Machine Learning engineer, you don’t necessarily have to have a research or academic background. However, it’s not enough to have either software engineering or data science experience. You ideally need both. If you want to learn more about the field, checkout – https://blog.udacity.com/2016/04/5-skills-you-need-to-become-a-machine-learning-engineer.html

2. Education – education technology is huge! In fact, it ranked second place among both west and east coast candidates. According to a report from EdTechXGlobal and IBIS Capital, the global EdTech market will grow 17% per annum to $252 billion by 2020. Disruptive Ed-Tech models such as flipped classroom or social distance learning start to transform the current conservative models. To learn more, checkout – https://www.timetoknow.com/next-gen-corporate/edtech-is-the-new-fintech/

3. Health – technology has always played a large part in the health industry. However, digital breakthroughs are enabling healthcare enterprises to improve labor productivity, clinical outcomes and human experiences. Innovations ranging from apps and social networks to robots and complex simulators, are transforming the health industry. Here are 4 GREAT CAREERS WITHIN THE HEALTH TECH INDUSTRY – https://peopledevelopmentmagazine.com/2017/12/14/health-tech-industry/

East coast – most wanted industries

They say everything about the east coast is fast-paced. People walk and drive fast, and they’re also more ambitious and competitive. With a number of well-known universities and technology institutes, the east coast certainly plays a part in the tech industry. And having Wall Street and Madison Avenue in the east coast means that the financial and advertising industries can play a larger role. According to our audience of engineers and their desired industry of choice to work in, candidates from the east coast were interested in the following tech fields:

1. Finance – as mentioned above, this is no surprise since Wall Street, the center of the financial industry is located in New York. The fintech industry has made rapid progress over the past few years as consumers embraced its client-centric, technology-led and innovative approach to personal finance and money management. The sector’s growth shows no sign of abating. Global VC investment for Fintech in the first half of this year reached US$6.5 billion. To learn more about the latest trends in Fin-tech, checkout – https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/strategy-and-management/10-fintech-trends-that-will-reshape-the-banking-industry-in-2018/62236748

2. Education –  as mentioned above, education came as second for both the west coast and the east coast.

3. Music –  although technology is blamed for killing the music industry, it seems technology will also play a major role in saving it. Following advances in the evolution of apps, virtual reality and AI algorithms, tech is revolutionizing the music space and there are many new startups in this field. To learn about the trends, checkout – http://www.bonafidemag.com/7-music-tech-trends-2017/

To view the full report on the differences between West coast and East coast software engineers checkout – https://blog.woo.io/software-engineers-want-part-3/

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