HARTFORD, CT NAMED No. 14 IN A RECENT LIST OF TOP CITIES FOR JOBS
This article by Charisse Jones originally appeared on USA TODAY September 13, 2017.
Midwestern cities like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Louisville were among the top cities in the United States for finding a job, feeling good after you get it, and being able to enjoy an affordable quality of life, according to a new study compiled by job search site Glassdoor.
“If you weigh (those criteria) equally, these are some of the surprising cities that come to the top,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist.
Pittsburgh was No. 1 in Glassdoor's rankings, with the median value of a home costing roughly three times the area's median base salary of $44,000. Civil engineers, nurses and project managers were in particular demand in the one-time manufacturing hub.
Indianapolis and Kansas City, Mo. ranked second and third, with openings plentiful in job categories ranging from machine operator to software engineer and audit manager.
Meanwhile, the tech and finance capitals of San Francisco, New York and Boston didn’t even crack the top 25.
“When many people think about moving for work, especially young people, they think about big cities with flashy brand names like New York and San Francisco,” he says. But “while those cities have many jobs, they're also very expensive and competitive.”
A key driver of job growth in many mid-sized U.S. cities is the rising need for tech expertise in a variety of industries, including retail and financial services, Chamberlain says. As a result, well-known tech centers like Seattle and San Jose, in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, are No. 17 and 22 respectively on Glassdoor's list, while Detroit comes in at No. 12.
“You might not work in San Jose or Seattle if you’re a software engineer,” Chamberlain says. “You might end up in Kansas City or Salt Lake.”
Health care is another robust field. There are nearly 1 million health care jobs currently open in the United States, Chamberlain says.
With the nation’s jobless rate hovering at 4.4%, many job seekers may not need to relocate in order to find work. In June, a record 6.2 million positions were waiting to be filled according to the U.S. Labor Department, and many companies have said that they are having difficulty finding employees.
But workers with a steady job who want to see their paychecks go further may be interested in exploring their options, Chamberlain says.
“There might be some deals to be had if they're willing to pick up and start their career somewhere else,” he says
Read the full report Help wanted: These 25 Cities Are Tops for Jobs.