The 10 best (and worst) cities for finding a job in 2018

Cities in the Southwest rank high on a ranking of best U.S. cities to find a job in 2018 recently released by WalletHub.

To create the list, Wallethub first narrowed down its list to the 150 most populous cities, plus the two most populous cities in each state, to reach a final count of 182 cities. Then, researchers considered 26 metrics in two categories: job market (ex. employment growth, average starting salary, access to internships) and socio-economics (ex. median annual income, housing affordability, family-friendliness).

According to Wallethub's ranking, the 10 best cities to find a job are:

  1. Chandler, AZ
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Peoria, AZ
  5. Gilbert, AZ
  6. Plano, TX
  7. Portland, ME
  8. Irvine, CA
  9. Madison, WI
  10. Boston, MA

And the 10 cities that ranked lowest on the list are:

  1. Mobile, AL
  2. Montgomery, AL
  3. Fresno, CA
  4. Hialeah, FL
  5. New Orleans, LA
  6. Birmingham, AL
  7. Columbus, GA
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Detroit, MI
  10. Shreveport, LA

Four out of the top 10 cities are located in Arizona. The leading city (Chandler, AZ) scored high for both socio-economics and its job market, Abigail Hess reports for CNBC. Other high-ranking cities in Arizona were propelled by a booming health care industry in the region, she adds.

Over the past few years, health care has kept pace with the tech industry as a growing employer hungry for new grads. Health care jobs frequently top lists of best jobs, jobs with bright outlooks, and reliable middle-class jobs.

For colleges and universities, the health care industry offers a huge opportunity to train students for satisfying and stable jobs. Colleges' continuing and online education (COE) units are uniquely positioned to capitalize on that opportunity through expanding existing health profession programs or investing in new ones, according to EAB Managing Director Carla Hickman. Organizations that are able to identify growth opportunities early—and then act on them quickly—will see the biggest gains, she notes (Bernardo, WalletHub, 1/2; Hess, CNBC, 1/8).

Read more: Four health care programs with long-term growth opportunity

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