Where’s the best place to start your career? Western, PA makes the list

best place to start your career

When you first begin your career you’re probably thinking about the salary and the job itself, but location matters too. Looking for the best place to start a career means considering factors like how far that salary will go and how many advancement opportunities exist. Now, “Financial Advisor” is highlighting a list of the 10 Best Cities for starting a career and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania landed at number two!

The article states that Pittsburgh made the list because of the vast number of professional opportunities and quality of life. Living and working in Pittsburgh, I can tell you there are many reasons why it’s a great place to start your career.

First, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is low compared to many other cities. Even though it’s not as expensive to live in as other cities, it still has a big city feel, in that there is always something going on and there are always things to do no matter what your interests are. On the other hand, if you like a smaller city feel, you can get that here too. There are so many neighborhoods within Pittsburgh that have their own restaurants, shops, and activities. You can live in one of the neighborhoods and feel like you are part of a smaller community. 

Another plus is the commute. You won’t spend hours stuck in traffic every morning and night. This means you’re not wasting a lot of money on gas and you’re not spending hours a day in your car. There is also a light rail train system in Pittsburgh and there are talks of improving public transportation in the area.

The lower cost of real estate translates into more career opportunities too. Many tech companies are coming to Pittsburgh now because rental space is cheaper here. One neighborhood, the Strip District, has turned into “Tech Row” with Facebook, Uber, and Duolingo all having offices there. In fact, Duolingo is the city’s first venture capital-funded, billion-dollar startup and according to CNBC, it has plans to increase staff by 50%.

It’s not just tech opportunities flooding Pittsburgh, opportunities abound in all industries. With any growing city, you need other professions to support the population. There are a variety of opportunities for doctors, nurses, lawyers, bankers, financial advisors, and much more. Right now, there’s a big push for more people to educate themselves in the fields of nursing and manufacturing because there’s a shortage in those jobs. There is a lot that’s appealing about Pittsburgh when it comes to a business opportunity since it’s not a tapped-out market by any means. 

Want a job here? There are career fairs to help you search for jobs. They aren’t all college job fairs either. Pittsburgh offers job fairs for seasoned professionals, people just starting their careers and everything in between. 

If you’re looking for the best place to start your career or know someone who is, I definitely recommend Pittsburgh. But when choosing a location for that first job here are a couple things to keep in mind

  • Look for a place where you are going to get paid a livable wage but also be able to afford everything else. This means you can pay your rent or mortgage and still have money left over to enjoy life and to save. If you aren’t making enough money to cover housing and other expenses, you’ll just get yourself into a hole.
  • Think about the general livability and commutability. You’re young! You don’t want to spend hours commuting every day. Instead, you’ll want to spend that time engaging in whatever interests you whether that’s theater, sports, music, etc. Make sure the place you are considering has what you’re into.

No matter where you land that first job, good luck!

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