The 10 Hottest American Cities For Good Jobs

When you’re looking for a job, your opportunities appear to be better in some cities than in others. That’s because some areas have better economic climates.

The Ladders, a career network, analyzed its six million member database to determine how often they applied for jobs outside of their current locations and where they tended to apply. The relocation study also found that certain cities were more popular based on specific industries. For example, applicants seeking jobs in technology attempt to locate to different cities than applicants looking for finance jobs.

However, to a certain degree, some industries are interrelated. For example, a booming engineering and technology economy would also increase the need for marketing and sales jobs.

And these booming economies are luring more than a few people away from their hometowns. In fact, The Ladders found that 35 percent of its members were trying to relocate in order to obtain jobs or better jobs.

The rankings provided by The Ladders are supported by data from The Atlantic’s Global Economic Power Index. This index ranks not just American, but global cities, based on population, economic output, innovation and finances.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis also examines metropolitan areas with fast gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The areas identified for economic growth are parallel to those that rank highly in The Ladders report.

In addition, Kiplinger has identified some of these cities as also being the best locations for recent college graduates in particular.

So keep reading to discover the top 10 hottest cities for good job:

10 10: Houston

According to The Ladders, Houston is a hot spot for engineering and operations. Its role as a major producer of oil and natural gas, in addition to the aeronautics industry, is partially responsible for its economic success. In fact, in 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the GDP of the Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land area was $449 billion, which represents the fourth-largest GDP in the country.

9 9: Boston

Boston is a mecca for marketing and sales jobs, according to The Ladders report. Boston also has the 6th largest economy in the U.S., and The Atlantic has ranked Boston among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world.

Marketing and sales jobs are plentiful as a result of the large number of technology, financial, and publishing industries located in the city, as well as many federal agencies.

8 8: Atlanta

The Ladders lists Atlanta as another growing hub for marketing and sales jobs. The city has the third-highest number of Fortune 500 companies in the country, as is also the headquarters of such major organizations as Delta Air Lines, The Coca Cola Company, The Home Depot, and UPS, in addition to CNN, TBS, and The Weather Channel.

Atlanta’s international airport is the busiest in the world, and in addition to marketing and sales jobs, the city has the fourth-highest concentration of information technology jobs.

7 7: Washington DC

Washington landed on The Ladders list as a result of engineering and sales jobs. And Kiplinger rates Washington as one of the best cities for new graduates. The District has a low unemployment rate because 29 percent of the area’s jobs are with the federal government, which provides a buffer against economic downturns.

Kiplinger notes that technology, aerospace, and healthcare industries also provide a wealth of high-paying jobs, in addition to many law and lobbying firms, trade unions, and defense and civilian contracting firms.

6 6: Dallas-Fort Worth

Technology jobs place Dallas-Forth Worth on The Ladders list of hottest cities for good jobs. And Kiplinger also names it one of the best cities for new graduates because many of the locals don’t possess the education needed for these high tech jobs.

Dallas has 12 Fortune 500 companies, and AT&T, Texas Instruments, Exxon-Mobile, American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, are just some of the companies located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

5 5: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

Engineering, sales and technology jobs make the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area number five on The Ladders list of hottest cities for good jobs. And Kiplinger lists San Francisco as an excellent city for new graduates because entry-level positions in this city pay 20.6% more than the national median wage.

In addition, San Jose, also known as Silicon Valley, produces more patents than any other U.S. city, and is home to eBay, Cisco Systems, and Adobe. Meanwhile, Oakland is home to Ask.com, Pandora Radio, Kaiser Permanente, and Clorox. Combined, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area is also experiencing the fastest-growing GDP in the country.

4 4: Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s finance and technology jobs land it the fourth spot on The Ladders list of hottest cities for good jobs. Philly also lands on several other lists. For example, the city has the seventh-largest economy in the country, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Nielsen Media Research names it the fourth-largest market for consumer media. It also has the ninth-highest GDP in the world. Fortune 500 companies that call Philadelphia home include Comcast, Colonial Penn, Sunoco, CIGNA, GlaxoSmithKline Kline, and Pep Boys.

3 3: Chicago

According to The Ladders, Chicago is a mecca for engineering, marketing, and sales jobs. It’s fifth on the list of the world’s most economically powerful cities, according to The Atlantic.

Chicago also has the third-most populous engineering and science metropolitan workforce in the country, and boasts the 2nd largest central business district. The city is home to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which owns the New York Mercantile Exchange, the Dow Jones Indices, and Commodities Exchange, Inc. In addition, Boeing, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, Walgreens, and Abbott Laboratories are headquartered in Chicago.

2 2: Los Angeles

Finance and operations positions landed Los Angeles at #2 on The Ladders list of top cities to consider relocating to for good jobs. It’s ninth on the list of the world’s most economically powerful cities, and provides a plethora of job opportunities spanning several industries, including medicine, research, science and technology.

However, Los Angeles may be most famous for Hollywood, and its dominance of media and entertainment. Some of the many companies that call Los Angeles home include 20th Century Fox, Occidental Petroleum, Health Net, American Apparel, The Cheesecake Factory, Farmers Insurance, Guess?, The California Pizza Company, and Premiere Radio Networks.

1 1: New York

New York is the top city for good jobs, according to The Ladders, especially finance and technology jobs. Crowned by The Atlantic as the most economically powerful city in the world, the magazine notes that New York will likely keep its crown for a long time due to the city’s ability to attract the best and brightest people from around the world.

No less than 45 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in New York, and Wall Street’s New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ are the two largest stock exchanges in the world.

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