Amazon began hiring in NYC for engineers in September, months before HQ2 announcement

6 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts, Trends

Today, Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that it would choose New York City and Northern Virginia for its new HQ2 — second headquarters — locations. It seems that while the world was waiting for an official announcement from the company, hiring trend data shows that Amazon was already quietly listing job openings for hundreds of high-tech workers in the New York City area.

Amazon's final decisions for office-space expansion had been shrouded in mystery and guessing games for months, but today's announcement seals the deal.

The new locations will house 50,000 employees with a focus on high-tech workers, according to The New York Times

According to hiring trends for Amazon in the New York region, however, it appears the e-commerce giant was already busy hiring high-tech workers in the area since September, 2018.

On September 10, 2018, Amazon listed 384 openings in New York. As of November 12, that number increased to 510. That number has since settled to 495 openings.

Of those openings, the vast majority are for Software Development Engineers. It's pretty clear that amazon chose NYC because of its high-tech talent, and the hiring data appears to corroborate such a notion. Of the 495 openings, 87 are for Software Development Engineers, followed by a slew of other high-tech positions. The top-10 (and the number of openings) are listed in the chart below.


Title (Count)

Software Development Engineer


AWS Solutions Architect


Software Development Engineer II


Sr. Data Architect, Big Data


Sr. Software Development Engineer


Cloud Infrastructure Architect


AWS Solutions Architect | New York


Practice Manager


Associate Cloud Developer Generalist


Software Development Manager


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Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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