Two Bay Area cities make the top 25 list of best places to start your career

Landing that first job out of college can be stressful. From
knowing what to put on your resume to figuring out what to wear,
many fresh college grads feel unprepared to launch their careers.
The intimidation factor is high, and moving to a new city to find a
gig can complicate matters more.

That’s one reason
WalletHub
has assembled a national ranking of which cities may
be the best launching pad for your job search. It should come as no
surprise that less trendy (and less expensive) cities such as Salt
Lake City and Pittsburgh nabbed the top spots in this national
ranking of places to get your feet wet. However, two Bay Area
cities did crack the top 25 out of 182 cities, San Francisco and
San Jose. In the Bay Area, it’s likely the high-tech engine
that’s driving this bounty of entry-level job openings.

A
view of downtown San Jose from San Jose Police Department’s new
helicopter over downtown San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, July 25,
2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

For the record, WalletHub looked at factors such as job-market
saturation, housing affordability and commuter-friendliness.
Analysts compared the relative market strength and overall
livability of the cities to help recent college grads find their
best possible footing. They also looked at availability of
entry-level jobs, monthly average starting salary and workforce
diversity.

Since housing affordability and traffic are not exactly the Bay
Area’s strengths, it’s likely that region scored highly in
terms of sheer number of jobs available.

San Francisco comes in at number 15, with an overall score of
59.95 out of 100 points. The City by the Bay was lauded for its
professional opportunities (ranked 12 out of 100 in that category).
The city didn’t fare so well in terms of quality of life, with a
rating of 47th out of 100.

San Jose got 22nd place. The heart of Silicon Valley got a 58.32
overall score. The South Bay city also performed well in terms of
its professional market (13 out of 100) but its quality of life was
not exactly stellar. San Jose scored 84th out of 100 in that
department.

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For the record, the Big Apple also got trounced in this ranking,
coming in number 170 out of 182 cities surveyed. So much for Gotham
if you’re a recent grad.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Two Bay Area cities make the top 25 list of best places to start your career