Birmingham deemed one of 25 best cities for job seekers

Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Watch out world! Birmingham made Glassdoor’s list for the 25 Best Cities for Jobs in the U.S. for 2020. 

Where did Birmingham land on the list?

Drumroll please… No. 8. This means the Magic City didn’t just make the list, it crushed it by making it into the top 10. Not too shabby, huh?

What is Glassdoor?

Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. The platform also allows users to submit and view salaries and search and apply for jobs.

Report Stats

Birmingham, Innovate Birmingham
Learning at Innovate Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

The goal of the report was to identify U.S. metros with the highest overall Glassdoor City Score based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros.

Over 1,500 companies were reviewed over the past year between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 

The study looked for metro areas that stand out among three categories: 

  • Hiring opportunity
  • Cost of living
  • Job satisfaction

What is especially interesting to me about the list is that:

  1. Many of the cities are located in the Midwest and South.
  2. Many are growing tech hubs.

Check out one tech company that recently made the move from California to Birmingham.

How did Birmingham trend on the list? Here are the stats.

Birmingham, Railroad Park
Photo via Railroad Park on Facebook
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5 (5.0 being the highest score)
  • Job openings: 21,208
  • Median Bass Salary: $45,000
  • Median Home Value: $153,702
  • Hot Jobs: Automotive Technician, Software Developer, Warehouse Associate

For comparison, here is a look at Raleigh, North Carolina, who claimed the list’s No. 1 spot.

  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Job openings: 52,412
  • Median Bass Salary: $55,252
  • Median Home Value: $279,999
  • Hot Jobs: Software Engineer, Customer Service Representative, Marketing Manager

View the full list here.

What does all this mean? 

Well, for those of us who currently live and work in the Birmingham metro area, we are rocking and rolling.  And for those who are considering moving for work, Birmingham may just be your next big opportunity.

Birmingham is also a perfect place to spark a child’s interest in a future career. Check out The Power Up: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing event on March 10.

What do you think of Glassdoor’s list? Let us know your thoughts on social @bhamnow. 

Patience Itson
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