While people tend to move to certain cities for jobs — and leave others behind — the most popular position people relocate for is Chemical Engineer, according to new data from Glassdoor.
The company analyzed more than 668,000 online job applications over the course of a week in January that people started on the platform. The applications were for the 40 largest U.S. metro areas, which Glassdoor defines as a “large city with at least 10,000 in population, plus all nearby areas that are socially and economically linked, as defined by commute-to-work patterns.”
The Top 10 jobs people are willing to move for
These are the most popular positions that people want to relocate for, according to Glassdoor’s analysis.
- Chemical Engineer: 73.1%
- Oracle Database Administrator: 69.0%
- ATG Developer: 67.5%
- Industrial Engineer: 61.9%
- Salesforce Developer: 59.7%
- Flight Attendant: 59.6%
- Data Engineer: 59.3%
- Structural Engineer: 59.2%
- Mobile Developer: 58.8%
- Process Engineer: 57.8%
But the report offered a deeper explanation.
“Why are tech and engineering jobs so geographically mobile? Partly, it’s due to labor demand: employers for these roles are often concentrated in a few big metros and actively hire talent from across the U.S. It’s also due to labor supply: many candidates for tech and engineering roles are relatively young, highly educated and more willing to pick up and move cross country for their career,” it reads.