By EJ Fechenda, HIMSS JobMine

When it comes to seeking employment, most people want to know three things: who's hiring and where; what positions are open; and how much do these jobs pay?

There has been considerable focus on healthcare IT over the past three years – and for good reason. It's a relatively stable market, one of the few experiencing growth, and, thanks to the federally funded HITECH program, the future continues to look very bright.

A recent analysis of the HIMSS JobMine, a leading healthcare IT jobs board and part of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), revealed what states have the hottest HIT job markets and what positions are most in demand.

First, the 10 states with the greatest number of HIT job openings:

10. New York

  9. Washington

  8. Ohio

  7. Illinois

  6. Massachusetts

  5. Texas

  4. Maryland

  3. Florida

  2. Pennsylvania

  1. California

Kate Spies, contributing writer for Healthcare IT News, wrote a June 2011 article based on data provided by the IT staffing company Modis, titled "The Top 7 Cities for IT Jobs." Four of the top seven cities Modis profiled are located in the above list of states: Philadelphia; Houston; Columbus, Ohio; and Boston. Not surprisingly, these are large urban areas and home to multiple hospitals and university health systems.

Now for the job titles most in demand, according to a recent analysis of the HIMSS JobMine:

5.  Project management

4. Systems analyst

3. Healthcare informatics

2. Analyst

1. IT/technical management