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Top 10 Best American Cities for New Graduates

Updated on December 30, 2019
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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Young Adults in America

Following college graduation or completion of a promising vocational certificate or professional licensing program, new workers need to prepare an effective resume and decide where they want to build a long-term career.

In addition to the Top 30 Cities in America for Business and Jobs, there are also 10 major cities and metro areas that are particularly accommodating to Young Professionals (YP). YP can find higher wages, a lower cost of living, good entertainment and sports activities, and other aspects of a satisfying life in these places.

The Young Professionals include new college graduates and those that have 10 or fewer years competed in their lifelong careers. They are the group that regularly joins the Junior Chamber of Commerce in their cities. Information about this list has been compiled by Kiplinger Magazine, US News and World Reports, Forbes Magazine, AT&T, and other entities over the last several decades with the following results.

  • The top 10 cities attract new graduates of the best American universities to settle by the end of their first decade of employment.
  • These universities are institutions that attract the highest enrollments and graduate the largest proportion of students, especially in nationally recognized programs; and place the largest numbers of new professionals successfully into the world of work.
  • The 10 cities, on average, pay young adults higher salaries than the rest of America pays.
  • They are cities in which the most opportunities exist for new business ventures and expansions exist.
  • They also are home to large numbers and proportions of young, single individuals.

Number One City: Seattle, Washington

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Seattle SkylinePike's Place market
Seattle Skyline
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Pike's Place market
Pike's Place market | Source

Top 10 Cities for Successful Young Adults

  1. Seattle
  2. New York City - Largest market for all jobs overall.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Atlanta
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Washington, DC and Suburbs - Aerospace and tech jobs prevail.
  7. Boston
  8. Minneapolis - Suburb Eden Prairie is Best City in USA for work and living.
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Denver - Biotech, Mission to Mars

Additional good cities for higher earnings and larger numbers of career opportunities for those in the ages of 21 - 34 include:

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Raleigh, North Carolina - By the end of 2011, all of the surrounding area near Raleigh had developed to keep pace with the Raleigh-Cary Metroplex [Number 1 for ALL ages in the USA in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. The previously low-rated Raleigh-Durham Metroplex [in the Bottom 10 for success, this metro area boomed jobs and business, with help from the NC Research Triangle that covers 8 counties in 2012].

Global Choices of Career

The World Bank Young Professionals Program begins an exciting career for many new college graduates. It attracts the best young motivated people globally.

Program entrance requires age 32 or younger and the ability to speak fluent English. See site for details and check other job listings.

US Junior Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1947 (Richard Nixon, top right corner, second from right).
U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1947 (Richard Nixon, top right corner, second from right). | Source

Top 10 Careers for Young America

  1. Computer Programmers and Software Engineers (IT)
  2. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  3. Aerospace Engineers and Technicians
  4. Day Care Providers [Owners & Directors]
  5. Elder Care Specialists and Owners
  6. Employment Specialists & HR Managers
  7. Environmental Engineers
  8. Home Health Aide Agency Owners & Directors
  9. Management Consultants / Financial Advisors
  10. Networking Specialists (IT)

The factors that make the above list the Top 10 Careers in the 21st century are:

  • Aging and dying members of the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers.
  • Increased lifespans through improved medicine and nutrition. Peole live longer and need care for longer numbrs of years.
  • Rising Child Care and Adult Babysitting/Companion costs.
  • Advances and expansion in technologies. Infomration Technology (IT) is used widely among the Top 10.
  • Job distributon of one job among multiple worksites, "Hot desking", and telecommuting --

Hot Desking is very interesting; it's a lot like the old job sharing of the 1970s and 1980s, as portrayed in the Dolly Parton - Jane Fonda movie 9 to 5 of that era.

Desks within a corporation are shared by several individuals that use them at different times during a 24-hour period, becaase they work different shifts, telecomute for part of their day, and/or work in the field with customers for portions of each work day. They do not need a desk for a full 8-hour work shift. There is also a 21st century trend toward more flexible work hours, but with employees on call 7 days a week, and this makes a hot desk useful.

Healthcare, Social Services types of positions (especially dealing the aged and their famiies) and Information Technology jobs will provide the most job opportunities in the 21st century. Green engineering will increase continually throughout the century and provide stable business and job markets.

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A Fanciful Hot Desk...with a pull-out chaise lounge and top bunk area, as well a computer and storage racks.
A Fanciful Hot Desk...with a pull-out chaise lounge and top bunk area, as well a computer and storage racks. | Source

New Job Station: The Hot Desk

Hot Desking is very interesting; it's a lot like the old job sharing of the 1970s and 1980s, as portrayed in the Dolly Parton - Jane Fonda movie 9 to 5 of that era.

Desks within a corporation are shared by several individuals that use them at different times during a 24-hour period, becaase they work different shifts, telecomute for part of their day, and/or work in the field with customers for portions of each work day. They do not need a desk for a full 8-hour work shift. There is also a 21st century trend toward more flexible work hours, but with employees on call 7 days a week, and this makes a hot desk useful.

Healthcare, Social Services types of positions (especially dealing the aged and their famiies) and Information Technology jobs will provide the most job opportunities in the 21st century. Green engineering will increase continually throughout the century and provide stable business and job markets.

Job Sharing: The Precursor to Hot Desking.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

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