People go to college and work hard for years in order to live a life others can only dream about. Do you actually think it's going to happen? It will for some people and it's not just because of the profession they're going into. A big part of being successful is packing your bags and heading in the right direction. You want to go where the money and opportunities are awaiting. We're going to take a look at few cities you might have overlooked while searching for jobs in your profession.

Houston in Texas

Houston has a booming economy at the moment and there are lots of great jobs available in every field, but it's especially good for lawyers. It's actually ranked as the second best city after various accounts were taken into consideration. Obviously, there are jobs available and the salaries are high, but it's not what makes Houston stand out. The biggest draw for the college graduates is the low cost of living, which means a lawyer's salary will go a lot further than somewhere like New York.

Phoenix in Arizona

When you think of the financial industry the first thing that comes to mind is Wall Street, which will probably never change due to its history. If you want to escape from New York you should consider Phoenix. It's almost emerged out of nothing to become a very livable city, and it's been taking the financial industry by storm since the crash of 2008. Growth is up by around 13 percent and if bankers know anything it's that numbers on the rise is a good thing, especially if they're unemployed and looking for a job.

Columbus in Ohio

The demand for surgeons is projected to keep going up for the next few years, so you want to be in one of the best cities available. One of the top choices outside of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles is Columbus, Ohio. Not only is the city itself a fantastic place to live, but it's also the home of two nationally ranked hospitals. They don't do too badly when it comes to pay either, because the average surgeon will be earning just shy of $250,000 per year.

Durham in North Carolina

If you're an aspiring artist you don't necessarily want to go where all the large galleries are. You want to live in a place where they give young talent a chance. Once you head to Durham you'll be given a chance provided you have the talent. The city has grown in recent years, but it has still tried to remain artsy through it all. There are lots of galleries around throwing frequent events where you'll be able to socialize, and somewhere you'll be able to showcase your art.

Denver in Colorado

Anyone with aspirations of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg might want to forget about Silicon Valley for now.

It's so expensive to live there that you might want to seriously consider other rising tech hubs for your permanent residence. You'll walk away with over $10,000 more per month in Denver once your rent has been paid. The state is also the biggest tech hub once you've left California, and it's only going to get better with so many people flocking there. There are so many new startups popping up you won't have to worry too hard about finding a job.

Miss the ride and you'll regret it

You hear so many stories about college graduates being unable to find jobs, at least in the industry they were hoping for.

Most of the time it's because of what they studied, but you do get people who only failed to achieve their goals because of where they were living. If you want to be one of the success stories you should go where all the development and growth are taking place.

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