Looking to hire a college-educated worker? If you're in the country's biggest tech hub, you'll have a lot more competition.

San Jose, California, has the highest demand for college graduates, with 56% of the city's employment advertisements calling for candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to new research from The Brookings Institution.

Following San Jose were San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Bridgeport, Connecticut--each with 49% percent of job openings seeking bachelor’s degrees or higher. Brookings researcher Jonathan Rothwell based his research on online job postings between January 2006 to February 2012, looking at occupations and level of education required.

Not surprisingly, computer operations held the most job opportunities in both San Francisco and San Jose, according to the report. In January and February of this year, San Francisco had 41,822 openings, and 32,699 computer operations openings

“You have the big electronic companies out there,” explained Rothwell. “And they tend to employ workers with software skills, with engineering training, and math and physics-type of training.”

Beyond tech, other high-demand fields included health care, engineering, business operations, finance, and media.

Published on: Aug 30, 2012