With the economic recovery in the U.S. on a gradual path forward, there are a number of cities where the job markets are particularly robust and the socioeconomic factors are relatively strong. These are places where job seekers are likely to land themselves a fruitful career, and are great locations to start if you're in search of work.
New York City has Wall Street, and is typically a destination for young finance minds looking to prove their worth among some of the best money managers in the business, but this isn't always the right place to go – especially in the wake of the financial crisis.
"Growing cities offer new and exciting opportunities."
While the recovery is evident and firms are hiring again, job openings on Wall Street aren't what they used to be, and many organizations are focusing their energies on talented compliance professionals – surely not everyone's expertise.
If Wall Street just doesn't sound right to you, there are cities beside New York that individuals looking for top finance jobs should consider. These locations may not offer the sort of offices typified in Hollywood depictions of Wall Street excess. However, any one of these cities will likely offer enough for any young professional to get his or her feet wet in a demanding environment and learn the ropes of working in finance. Growing cities offer new and exciting opportunities. For more on where employers are hiring this year, take a look at a few of the locations that made WalletHub's list of cities with the best career prospects:
1. Seattle, Washington
Seattle topped WalletHub's list of the best cities for finding a job in 2015. OneWire has financial analyst jobs, investment management jobs and a few banking positions, among others, listed as available in Washington's largest metropolitan area. Nearby to Seattle, Tacoma is also a highly-ranked location in terms of career prospects. Many of the currently listed openings in the area are banking positions, so if this is an area of interest for you, try looking for jobs in the Emerald City.
2. Gilbert, Arizona
Do you like dry heat? This town may not be on your radar, but the community southwest of Phoenix is a hotspot for jobs, and has a number of available positions listed on OneWire. The highly-ranked city is also proximate to a number of WalletHub's other top cities for jobs, including Scottsdale, Mesa and Glendale, as well as the aforementioned capital of the state, Phoenix. Financial advisor jobs and residential loan positions are among the numerous available in Gilbert alone.
3. Fremont, California
This city in sunny California came in fifth on WalletHub's list for the best cities to start a career, and the proof is in the large slate of offerings listed on OneWire. Wealth management jobs, all sorts of retail banking positions and technology jobs are abundant in this city due south of San Francisco, another location that landed within WalletHub's top 20. There's a plethora of options on OneWire, and for someone who isn't all that sure what they'd like to get into, this may be a good location if you want your applications to reach a number of different industries.
4. Salt Lake City, Utah
Interested in a career with Goldman Sachs? You might want to look into Salt Lake City. Financial services jobs with the firm are abundant in the capital of Utah, the state's most populous city and another high-ranking location on WalletHub's list. The investment bank is also in search of plenty of compliance officers, if you're not interested in New York City, but have a passion for regulatory work. There are a wide variety of positions available here, but many of them are with Goldman Sachs, which isn't a bad thing, but if you'd like to work at a different firm, you may want to look elsewhere.
These are four locations with great prospects for not just a job, but a career. If you're looking for something different than the stereotypical Wall Street career, take a look at the top finance jobs in Seattle, Gilbert, Fremont and Salt Lake City.