Glassdoor recently released its report on the best cities for jobs in 2016 based on factors including cost of living, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Which of these cities on its list are best for IT pros? We take a look.
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Lucrative tech jobs can be found in cities around the world, but some places have the ideal mix of job satisfaction and work-life balance that so many professionals value and seek. Glassdoor's annual "25 Best Cities for Jobs" list spotlights some of the best cities to live and work.
To come up with this year's rankings, Glassdoor compared the 50 most populated US metropolitan areas then ranked them on a 5-point Job Score scale. Data used in the comparisons was pulled from Glassdoor, Zillow, and the US Office of Management and Budget.
The company selected its top 25 cities based on four factors: hiring opportunity, cost of living, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Criteria were weighted equally in order to gauge which cities were best for all four, explained Allison Berry, Glassdoor Community Expert.
While equal weighting was important for the purposes of this study, Berry also noted not all jobs are created alike. Job seekers should continue to research cities that will offer what's most important to them, whether it's a lower cost of living or higher work-life balance.
For tech pros, some of these priorities weigh more heavily than others.
"In particular, work-life balance and affordability increasingly matter to tech job seekers when they are searching for the best city to land a new job," Berry explained. Employees on Glassdoor have been reporting a decline in work-life balance, and many employers in the listed cities are trying to amend this with benefits like work-from-home days and unlimited paid time off.
Affordability is also important in searching for a place to live, but tech pros in popular and expensive cities like San Jose typically earn handsome salaries to offset high prices. Many accept the trade-off because these cities offer the work-life balance and job satisfaction they crave.
Many of the cities on Glassdoor's top 25 list are well-known and rapidly growing hubs within the technology industry. The company did not specifically measure the top cities for tech pros as part of its research, but it did shed some light on which cities best cater to the evolving needs people who work in tech.
"A ranking of the 'best cities for tech jobs' might look similar to our current Best Cities for Jobs List -- with Silicon Valley/Bay Area cities appearing similarly high on the list," Berry said. "However, we may see some differences in mid-size tech hubs closer to the top like Austin or Salt Lake City."
We took Glassdoor's advice into consideration and put together this list of hot cities for tech pros in 2016. In this list, you'll notice a few "hot jobs" listed for each city. These jobs were selected according to Glassdoor Trends, which evaluates the previous months of activity for thousands of jobs and companies to pinpoint spikes in activity from job seekers.
Do you live in any of these cities? Would you consider moving to one?
Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio
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