It’s all about location, location, location.
The axiom is often spouted by real estate agents, but it should be at top of mind for those seeking new careers, too.
Of course, finding the right fit with an organization and employer is essential when searching for a new job—but the city where you live is also important:
Will I be able to afford rent or a mortgage?
How is the crime rate?
Do I have opportunities to grow in my career?
Will I have to sit in traffic forever on my way to work?
Are there leisure activities nearby?
These are all important questions to think about when looking for a job.
The study looked at 182 cities in all: the 150 most populated U.S. cities, as well as at least two of the most populated cities in each state.
It ranked cities based on two overarching categories: job market and socio-economics. Job market was given a much heavier weight (80:20), as its metrics tend to be more important when choosing a career.
Job market factored in 20 metrics focused on career outlook and opportunity. These included “job opportunities,” “employment growth,” “unemployment rate” and “share of engaged workers.”
Socio-economics, on the other hand, examined such metrics as “median annual income,” “housing affordability,” “average work and commute time” and “safety.”
The total for the metrics was then calculated to give each city an overall score.
Scottsdale, Arizona, landed atop this year’s list, with an overall score of 66.58. The city, which stands adjacent to Phoenix and boasts a slew of spas and golf resorts, ranked No. 2 in “job market” and No. 6 in “socio-economics.”
Here is a full list of the top 10 cities:
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Columbia, Maryland
- Orlando, Florida
- San Francisco
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Portland, Maine
- Plano, Texas
- Washington, D.C.
- Chandler, Arizona
This interactive map below shows all 182 cities and their ranks:
The index shares its top 10 cities, along with a few key metrics, in this video:
See the full list here.
Pittsburgh landed at No. 15, and it’s the location of this week’s featured position. Pittsburgh International Airport seeks a senior vice president of marketing and communications in the Steel City.
The position offers opportunities across external and internal communications departments. The right candidate will be able to flex their creative muscles, have superb media relations skills and know how to analyze market data, among other responsibilities.
Interested candidates must have at least 10 years’ experience, with five in a managerial role.
It summarizes the position:
Under the supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications provides leadership, oversight and strategic direction of the Marketing & Communication function with areas of responsibilities in website, marketing, internal communications, media relations, issues management, crisis communications, brand journalism, government and community affairs, traditional and social media market research and analysis, and customer relations.
Interested in the position? Send your résumé, cover letter and salary requirements to Mandy Haverdink, manager of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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