Top 5 Best Cities to Build a Tech Career

The award-winning digital skills academy, Codeclan, has run a study given the top 100 cities listed in Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking

The trend of working from home gives no indications of fading in the tech industry, but the physical office still holds a vital spot in business.

Codeclan, an award-winning and industry-drove digital skills academy from Scotland, has created a record that reveals the best cities in the world to pursue a career in tech.

Gathering data from the top 100 cities listed in Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking, Codeclan utilized factors, for example, the number of tech organizations, average rent per month, average salary, average broadband speed, and the number of occupations that were available in the tech field. Against each factor, a weighting was given to generate an overall score.

Read on to see who made the top 5 and see who took the crown as the best city in the world for a tech career.

1. Bern

Bern is Switzerland’s capital, a beautiful city benefiting from the tech blast. Topping the ranking is an impressive feat for a relatively little city, which regularly gets voted as one of the most liveable spots in the world.

Organizations: Swisscom, eBay, IBM, HPE, DXC, Cognizant, Google, CSC, Mathworks, Wipro, Oracle, Microsoft, Capgemini, Tech Mahindra, Unisys, Cisco, HCL, Atos

2. Zürich

The monetary epicenter has the highest number of tech organizations per capita, alongside Atlanta and Pointe-à-Pitre.

Organizations: Google, IBM, Cognizant, Microsoft, SAP, Infosys, Apple, Oracle, Amazon, EPAM Systems, Zurich Insurance, Salesforce, Capgemini, Cisco, Wipro, Dell, DXC, TCS, Swisscom, HPE

3. Atlanta

Organizations: Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Visa, Mailchimp, Secureworks, Unity, PGi, Cricket Wireless, Global Payments, Fiserv, Urjanet, Bakkt, Kabbage, Calendly, STORD, GenSpark, Cyble

4. Washington D.C

Organizations: ZS, Digital Turbine, Yext, Qualtrics, The Aerospace Corporation, Syndigo, Bonterra, EPAM, West Monroe, Capital One, SerbviceNow, Boeing, Optum, VMLY&R, Gannett, Siemens, Perficient

5. Seattle

Organizations: T-Mobile, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Meta, Dell, Expedia, Accenture, Wipro, Amazon, TCS, HCL, Unisys, Mindtree, Tableau, Cray, Tech Mahindra, CSS, Lumen, Inspur, CompuCom, Docusign, Epic

6. St. Louis

Organizations: Perficent, Belden, Daugherty Business Solutions, TierPoint, Omnigo, Spectrum, EPAM, Boeing, ServiceNow, BJC, Nidec, Varsity Tutors, Cashapp, Service Titan, Decide

7. Pittsburgh

Organizations: Duolingo, JazzHR, Argo AI, Seegrid, Niche, Gecko Robotics, Petuum, RoadBotics, Bonterra, ServiceNow, Crown Castle, CVS Health, Arconic, PPG, Omnicell, Highmark, Wabtec

In conclusion

While Switzerland is waving the banner proudly for the European Association, one of those to leave the EU, London, ranked as one of the worst cities to pursue a tech career, though it was simply second to Tokyo in terms of the number of tech organizations.

In a top 5 dominated by the USA, where San Francisco took the mantle of having the highest average salaries, Asia guaranteed one category as Singapore took the win as the fastest fixed broadband speed worldwide.

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