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Best city for your career this year? Houston takes top spot, of course, with job growth and higher wages

Best city for your career this year? Houston takes top spot, of course, with job growth and higher wages

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Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

As the new year begins, you might be considering a new career direction and a different city that will take you further. But you're already in the right place — and Mayor Annise Parker knows it.

According to job search website Monster.com, and based on wage growth data from PayScale.com, Houston is the best city in the United States for your career in 2013.

"IT, biotech, and oil and gas are all seeing significant growth," said Katie Bardaro, director of analytics at PayScale, in the article. "All three industries are experiencing increased demand for their products and services, which means they are hiring and paying accordingly."

The ranking points to Houston's plethora of big industries — oil and gas, obviously, as well as aeronautics and healthcare — and its favorable numbers, like an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent and a wage growth rate of 3.9 percent.

Popular career paths in the Bayou City include petroleum engineer, petroleum geologist, geophysicist and drilling engineer.

Dallas took No. 2 on the list, with an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent and a wage growth of 3.5 percent (common jobs include landman, radio frequency engineer, senior recruiter and tax accountant). Boston ranked No. 3, followed by Minneapolis at No. 4 and Seattle at No. 5.

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