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The demand for data scientists is growing in nearly every field worldwide. While San Francisco remains a mecca for tech jobs, data-driven corporations are setting up shop around the globe. Whether you want to work in an established research facility or with an emerging innovative startup, in the U.S. or abroad, begin your search in one of these five exciting cities that are bursting with career opportunities for current and aspiring data scientists.
1. Raleigh, NC
This modest Southern city is the best place for data professionals looking to work with the most established companies in technology. Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle has welcomed high-tech research facilities to the area since the 1950s, but has seen recent growth in data and technology jobs. If you’re ready to put down roots, Raleigh has a reliable job market, affordable living costs and a quiet college town ambiance.
2. Palo Alto, CA
Be at the center of it all — this small city is in the heart of Silicon Valley, with prominent technology firms at its doorstep. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to join the biggest names in social media and software developers. Although it’s one of the most expensive cities to live in, it’s also one of the wealthiest in the U.S. In addition, the area boasts a vibrant nightlife scene that’s as perfect for networking with like-minded professionals as it is for socializing.
3. Toronto, Canada
Often touted as the NYC of the North, Toronto is a multicultural metropolis that is home to several major multinational corporations. Entry-level and established data scientists and analysts will find plenty of exciting opportunities within the banking and financial sectors. Despite its big city status, Toronto actually has a comfortable small city feel with friendly, eclectic neighborhoods tucked amongst the skyscrapers.
4. Dublin, Ireland
With its rich cultural and literary history, breathtaking views and wild Irish charm, Dublin seems an unlikely destination for data-driven corporations, but it’s already the hub for Ireland’s thriving IT industry. The city has also seen a recent influx of cloud data facilities, creating a rising demand for data professionals. The high cost of living doesn’t faze Europe’s youngest population, which unwinds after a hard day’s work in one of Dublin’s countless pubs.
5. Portland, OR
Known as Silicon Forest, PDX is one of the hippest and greenest cities in the country. This culturally progressive town is popular with both startups and big data corporations. Opportunities abound for data scientists looking to get on the ground floor with emerging tech companies. With year-round festivals, a hot local music scene and coastal trails for rugged adventurers, Portland is also a great place to have fun.