12 Best Cities to Get a Great Job

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you're considering moving for a job, don't go to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, the three largest cities in the country and traditionally considered good places to find work. There are plenty of other cities in the U.S. that offer bountiful career opportunities even though they're smaller and may not have the same reputation. In fact, the No. 1 city to find a great job is actually in North Carolina, according to the latest report from online job review site Glassdoor.

Four Texas cities made the top 25 list, with two -- Austin and San Antonio -- making the top 10, according to Glassdoor. Considering hiring opportunity alone, San Jose, Calif. was ranked highest in that regard.

Surprisingly, New York City didn't even make Glassdoor's top 25.

Several factors were considered to decide the top 25 cities for job seekers in the U.S.: how easy it is to get a job; how affordable it is to live there; and how satisfied employees are working there, based on reviews and job openings as of the end of April.

The retail, technology and healthcare industries are hiring the most throughout the country. Jobs that are particularly in-demand include registered nurse, software engineer and retail sales associate, a Glassdoor spokesperson said.

The list is not partial to early-stage or mid-career professionals, but is also a good guide for new graduates or young professionals that have more mobility than others to move around the country for work, the spokesperson added.

The Glassdoor job score is based on a 5-point scale (5 being the best city for a job and 1 being the worst city for a job). Job openings are as of active job listings on Glassdoor as of April 30, 2015.

Additional data sources used in the report include: the U.S. Office of Management & Budget and Zillow's Home Value Index for All Homes, as of March 2015.

Check out which city is No. 1 for job opportunities. 


12. San Francisco
Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 94,933
  • Population: 4,594,060
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000
  • Median Home Value: $728,000
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5

 

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