Orlando, Tampa Among WalletHub’s Top 10 U.S. Cities to Launch Careers

The kickoff of summer — aka the month of June — also marks the unofficial season of new beginnings, transitions and celebratory life events.

In other words, graduations, weddings, new jobs and new homes. Moving is a common denominator for most folks making those and similar transitions, and since many of us have been there too, we at ICI Homes are sharing a study from the financial website WalletHub.

top 10It recently ranked the top 10 U.S. cities in which to begin a new career, and two locations where ICI Homes builds new custom Florida homes — Orlando and Tampa — made the list.

Atlanta, Georgia captured the top ranking followed by Orlando (second), Salt Lake City, Utah (third), Tampa (fourth) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (fifth), Portland, Maine (sixth), Charleston, South Carolina (seventh), Austin, Texas (eighth), Miami (ninth) and Knoxville, Tennessee (10th).

Here’s more on WalletHub’s top-10 U.S. cities for job hunters launching new careers.

The methodology

WalletHub researchers examined more than 180 cities nationwide for attributes conducive to a starting a career. Their emphasis was geared toward recent graduates seeking first jobs, but the information can be helpful for anyone changing jobs or beginning a new career.

Factors used in researchers’ evaluations included viable transportation options, the supply of job openings, entry-level salaries, housing prices, costs of living, and quality-of-life variables such as recreation and cultural, arts and sporting scenes. Researchers also analyzed how companies were rated by the career website Glassdoor.

Orlando earned its No. 2 ranking thanks to one of the nation’s best unemployment rates, a high number of entry-level jobs, and job openings with companies highly rated on Glassdoor. The city’s high annual median income-growth rate of 8.2 percent bodes well for job seekers seeking stability and career trajectories. And, as the home of some of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, Orlando never runs out of offering fun things to do.

Tampa earned its No. 4 ranking in part for its 3.3 percent unemployment rate, well below the current 3.9 percent national average. Financial services, information technology, defense and security employers are based here, as is one of Florida’s main ports.

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ICI Homes in Orlando

Targeting Orlando for your job search? We’re a preferred builder at Laureate Park in Lake Nona where we offer townhomes and one-level and two-level homes with the latest in residential technology and design.

Lake Nona is Orlando’s top master-planned community on the city’s southeast side and home to major health, technology and sports employers. Amazing resident amenities and shopping, dining and entertainment sources make it can’t-miss for new careerists.

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As a preferred builder at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, on Tampa’s east side, we build one and two-level rear-load homes in the Persimmon Park neighborhood at Wiregrass Ranch. We also build versatile single-family homes in the master-planned community of Bexley, a little further north in Land O’Lakes.

Ready for your new custom Florida home? Talk to ICI Homes here.