Best Cities to Start a Career

By Phill Powell

You’re young, ambitious and educated. You’re ready to launch your career…but exactly where should you start it?

The choices are many, with plenty of great cities in the running. But according to financial website, which recently analyzed population data and income variables, there are ten places that stand above other U.S. cities if you’re just starting out.

We’re psyched because there are incredible DMA tech camp locations in most of these cities! Attending tech camp in these cities is a great way to get a taste of college life and see if a particular city is a good fit for you:

10. Philadelphia, Penn.

The Rocky Statue in Philadelphia,
Total Employment: 715,000 jobs
DMA Tech Camp Locations: University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College
Why Our Philadelphia DMA Locations Rock: Besides being America’s “cradle of liberty,” Philly is a city with inspiring local heroes. (Much visited attraction: The statue of movie boxer Rocky and the famous “Rocky steps” leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.) See the historic Liberty Bell when you aren’t busy enjoying the West Philadelphia campus of the Univ. of Pennsylvania, which was started by genius founding father Ben Franklin. (Want a more pastoral collegiate experience? Check out our Bryn Mawr tech camps, just 10 miles down the road from our U Penn tech camps.)

9. Dallas, Tex.

Total Employment: 3.4 million jobs

8. Seattle, Wash.

Total Employment: 514,710 jobs (2014)
DMA Tech Camp Location: University of Washington
Why Our Seattle DMA Location Rocks: The Emerald City is the bright shining star of the Pacific Northwest – headquarters of Amazon, Starbucks and Costco…and the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and Grunge. In addition to the great Univ. of Washington, it’s also one of the world’s great tech meccas, and home to giants such as Microsoft. See the Space Needle and Seattle’s unforgettable seafood markets – where they sling fish through the air! Campus attractions include Red Square and Suzzallo Library, as well as Drumheller Fountain, with waters that climb more than 100 feet high!

7. Chicago, Ill.

Total Employment: 4.4 million jobs (2014)
DMA Tech Camp Location: University of Chicago
Why Our Chicago DMA Location Rocks: Our Univ. of Chicago tech camps put you right in the middle of one of America’s greatest cities. The 211-acre Univ. of Chicago campus is just a few miles from Chicago’s famous bustling downtown area. This is the place where the first nuclear reaction took place and where radio carbon dating was developed. It’s also where astronomer Carl Sagan first pondered the cosmos and a pre-presidential Barack Obama lectured on law. While in Chicago, climb the Willis Tower (one of the world’s tallest buildings), tour the Art Institute of Chicago and visit Robie House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright).

6. Boston, Mass.

Total Employment: 2.6 million jobs
DMA Tech Camp Location: Harvard University
Why Our Boston DMA Location Rocks: Boston is located just 3 miles from Cambridge, home of distinguished Harvard University. Not only is Harvard the nation’s very first university, it was also the first U.S. corporation ever founded. The campus is historic, too: famous Harvard Yard, trod by famous graduates including eight U.S. presidents, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and physicist Robert Oppenheimer. See Cambridge Commons (where Gen. George Washington trained Revolutionary War troops), as well as many other buildings and areas from that time. Plus, culture and science abound at the huge number of museums in the area.

5. San Jose, Calif.

Total Employment: 1 million jobs
Why Our San Jose DMA Location Rocks: San Jose rocks because it’s where DMA Corporate Headquarters is located, within the beautiful town of Los Gatos!

4. Washington, D.C.

Total Employment: 3.1 million jobs
DMA Tech Camp Location: George Washington University
Why Our D.C. DMA Location Rocks: You’ll never run out of cool things to see and do in Washington. From famous government buildings (like the U.S. Capitol) and national treasures (the Smithsonian Institute), to amazing history you can explore (Ford’s Theater), the city radiates a rich past that meshes well with Washington’s polished, urban present. Our camp is located on GWU’s impressive Mount Vernon campus, where students enjoy the atmosphere at Pelham Commons and love checking out the tech-centric West Hall – with its digital media center, working studio and movie theater.

3. San Francisco, Calif.

Total Employment: 1.1 million jobs
DMA Tech Camp Locations: Stanford University, St. Mary’s College, Saratoga High School
Why Our Frisco DMA Locations Rock: The gorgeous City by the Bay is only about 20 miles from our flagship location at Stanford University, one of the most progressive and respected universities in the world. And that’s not our only NorCal location, either. Travel 20 miles east from San Francisco and you’ll find our St. Mary’s College tech camps in charming, relaxed Moraga, Calif. And for families seeking a perfect day-camp opportunity in Saratoga (about 50 miles from San Francisco), our camps at Saratoga High School are a perfect option. Whichever location you choose, you’ll be close to one of the world’s great cities, not to mention California wine country.

2. Los Angeles, Calif.

Total Employment: 4.7 million jobs
DMA Tech Camp Location: UCLA
Why Our L.A. DMA Location Rocks: L.A. is the Big Orange, and home to the film and television industries, along with lots of other industries, too. It’s also home to world-famous UCLA, the flagship of the California state university system and one of the most instantly recognized schools around the world. Our UCLA tech camps are conveniently located near Hollywood, just south of the famous Sunset Boulevard. You’re also near great shopping in Westwood, the luxury areas of Beverly Hills and the legendary beaches of Malibu…not to mention Disneyland and lots of other theme parks.

…And now, the number one U.S. city for launching a career:

1. New York, N.Y.

Total Workforce: 4.2 million jobs
DMA Tech Camp Location: NYU
Why Our N.Y. DMA Location Rocks: Much more than just the biggest, most vibrant and thrilling city on earth, New York City is a true economic powerhouse, which is why it remains such a strong magnet for young workers. Our NYU tech camps pulsate with the activity that comes from being in Manhattan. The campus occupies 229 acres of New York’s Greenwich Village and borders Washington Square – where painters, writers and thinkers congregate and work on the Next Big Idea. And New York City remains a tourist mecca – with the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and some of the world’s finest museums.


This summer come visit us at any of our DMA tech camp locations across the U.S. and Canada.

When you do, prepare to have your eyes widened by the possibilities of tech and you mind blown by the new range of possibilities you’ll suddenly see for yourself and your future.

At DMA, we’ve been helping young people reimagine their futures for 15 years. This summer, it’s your turn!