10 Best Cities for Jobs: 2015

Workers have more options, but where are the top places to look for employment?

ThinkAdvisor created this job list by combining WalletHub and U.S. News & World Report rankings, which broke down the employment market from two different perspectives. ThinkAdvisor created this job list by combining WalletHub and U.S. News & World Report rankings, which broke down the employment market from two different perspectives.

The job market is heating up, and more workers than at any time since before the Great Recession are taking a chance on a new job, with reports saying a third of workers would change employers if they felt they were underpaid.

Add to that the recent jobs report that found the most openings since 2001, and you have a recipe for good times for workers.

Still, not all places, or jobs, are equal. As the new year dawned, wallethub.com and U.S. News & World Report broke down the employment market from two different perspectives.

WalletHub used metrics to rank 150 cities in terms of finding a job. Two components were considered: job market and socioeconomic environment. The former counted for two-thirds of the overall ranking and included job opportunities, employment growth and median monthly salary, among other things. The latter included commuting time, benefits, housing affordability and other lifestyle considerations.

(Check out the 20 Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career and the 15 Worst Cities for Retirees.)

U.S. News considered the best jobs and even broke them down by category. Among the factors used to rank the jobs were median salary, work-life balance, stress level and prospects for growth.

The top 5 jobs for 2015 are: dentist, nurse practitioner, software developer, physician and dental hygienist.

In the business sector, financial advisor ranked fifth behind market research analyst, marketing manager, accountant and operations research analyst.

Armed with an idea of which jobs offer the best prospects, take a look at the 10 best cities for jobs in 2015:

Granite Park in Plano, Texas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

10. Plano, Texas

Job Market Rank: 33

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 9

Solieri Bridge in Downtown Scottsdale.

9. Scottsdale, Arizona

Job Market Rank: 37

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 2

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. (Photo: AP)

8. Salt Lake City

Job Market Rank: 4

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 61

Omaha skyline.

7. Omaha, Nebraska

Job Market Rank: 30

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 5

Downtown Chandler. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

6. Chandler, Arizona

Job Market Rank: 18

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 6

Mission Peak from Fremont Central Park. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

5. Fremont, California

Job Market Rank: 10

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 14

Falls Park in Sioux Falls.

4. Sioux Falls, S.D.

Job Market Rank: 12

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 8

Gilbert, Arizona 

3. Gilbert, Arizona

Job Market Rank: 15

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 7

Bikers in Des Moines. (Photo: AP)

2. Des Moines, Iowa

Job Market Rank: 1

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 19

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