The United States of America is the world’s most dominant economy and its largest exporter, making it one of the best places to work in terms of wealth and opportunity alike. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer system design and related services are among some of America’s fastest-growing jobs sectors at nearly 20 percent over the next decade. Employers like Apple, Google, IBM, Cisco Systems Inc., Oracle Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. use IT, professionals, more than any other country in the world. These big-name companies have offices throughout each major metropolis across the country, and they frequently offer relocation packages and benefits to attract or retain staff.
With an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, Atlanta is ranked No. 7 for the “Best Large Cities to Find a Job” by Forbes Magazine. The city weathers recessions well and has an ultra-low-cost of living which makes it an attractive place to live for any professional, not just IT workers. Although homeownership remains 20 percent below 2000 levels, multiple Fortune 500 companies call this state capital home including Delta Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, and Home Depot, Inc. As the Southeast’s largest banking center it also includes Wells Fargo Corp., SunTrust Banks Inc., AT&T Inc., Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, Aflac Incorporated, and New York Life Insurance Company are among several others. Atlanta is also home to global giants NCR Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Earthlink Inc., and Deloitte LLP.
The city has a low cost of living with housing costs nearly 40 percent lower than the national average according to Sperling’s Best Places. Some of the nation’s largest employers also reside in this vibrant southern town including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, UPS, Allied Waste Industries, Georgia Pacific Corp., Newell Rubbermaid Inc., Southern Company Gas, Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC., etc…Atlanta has been recognized as being one of the top 10 most educated metropolitan areas in America with over 90 percent of adults holding a high school diploma or higher level of education. Its strategic location at the intersection of 3 major Interstate Highways also makes accessing other major metropolitan areas of the United States a breeze.
In the greater Baltimore area, employment in the computer systems design and related services industry is expected to experience nearly a 26 percent increase from 2011 through 2018. With the median household income at $64,455 as of 2012**, you’d be able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle on your tech salary. Plus, if you work hard enough and become one of those sought-after database administrators or network engineers, there’s always an opportunity to move up within the company because many technology positions are part of small teams that rely upon knowledge sharing with their coworkers.
This U.S. state features many opportunities throughout the automotive industry, with several Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Michigan including General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Michigan is also home to IT-related careers within the semiconductor industry, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, and information technology services. In fact, there are currently about 3,500 open jobs posted on Monster for those passionate about working in IT—and it doesn’t hurt that living expenses are fairly low as well.