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Study: Don’t Start a Career in ABQ

Study: Don’t Start a Career in ABQ

Albuquerque placed 134th out of the 150 cities studied when it came to professional opportunities.

BY RENE THOMPSON

Recent college graduates will be disappointed to learn that Albuquerque has ranked 109th in a study of the top 150 best and worst cities to start a career. The area’s biggest failing was what pretty much everybody complains about: a lack of career opportunities.

The study measured 17 key metrical statistics, including median starting salary, housing affordability, and the number of entry level jobs (broken down into two groups of opportunity and quality of life) to give a total job market ranking. Albuquerque ranked 134th for professional opportunities and 58th for quality of life measures, according to the study by WalletHub. Overall, the area scored 41 out of a possible 100 points.

According to the study from WalletHub, Albuquerque placed 134th out of the 150 cities studied when it came to professional opportunities. The area scored 41 points out of a possible 100.

Salt Lake City ranked first, with a score of 69.5 points, while Detroit came in last, with an overall score of 31 points.

Top 10 ranking cities included Denver, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and Oklahoma City. Four Texas cities — Austin, Amarillo, Houston and Corpus Christi—  placed in the top 10.

The highest monthly median starting salaries were in Houston, almost three times higher than in Honolulu. Austin had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, and Fresno, Calif., was the highest at 11.4 percent.

Source: WalletHub
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Rene Thompson is a staff reporter at ABQ Free Press. Email her at rene@freeabq.com.

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Johnny Vizcaino is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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