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Employees choose employers, just as employers choose employees. And, companies like Glassdoor make it easier than ever for people to move beyond annual salary and statistics on the highest paying jobs—none of which they may even be qualified for—in their evaluation of potential employers.

  • Through regular surveys of employees, Glassdoor develops city-based job satisfaction ratings that account for work-life balance, cost of living, and competition among employees or, in other words, hiring opportunities.
  • Glassdoor then ranks the most desirable cities for employment based on its survey data in combination with traditional job statistics.

Job applicants and city hoppers beware of mismatches between tempting high-paying jobs and job satisfaction and crime trends. The United Kingdom dominates the top 5 cities in the ranking based on job satisfaction, but for some job seekers might not have the same allure as the single US city in the top 5: San Francisco.

  • According to Glassdoor’s 2017 ranking—covering the one-year period starting late January 2016—Data Scientist is now the best job in the US, though it is not the highest paid one. Those among the highest paid occupation—physicians—report one of the lowest levels of job satisfaction.
  • Within the US, San Jose is ranked the best city for jobs, followed by San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Boston, though each of these four cities has a highly competitive labor market and high cost of living.
  • Detroit was ranked the 10th best city for jobs in the US, but it has the 15th highest crime level worldwide and is ranked 35th among rated cities for job satisfaction.

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