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San Francisco is the financial hub of the West Coast and one of the world's foremost centres of technology. The city is also considered one of the strongest economies in the US. As such, jobs in San Francisco are in high demand and competition fierce.
Job market in San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area, containing Silicon Valley to the south, has emerged as the technology capital of the United States. The Bay's technology industry is enormous and spans most conceivable areas of research, particularly in the way of advancement in biomedical and biotechnology sectors. It also has an advanced aerospace industry.
Some of the most well-known employers in the Bay Area are household names synonymous with progress and innovation. These include Apple, Tesla and PayPal. The city itself is also at the forefront of internet development and houses many of the world's largest online companies, including Twitter, Dropbox, Craigslist and Pinterest.
This attracts many specialised workers from across the US and beyond eager to take advantage of the cutting-edge attitude and the opportunities available in the technology and internet industries in San Francisco.
Despite the size of its more innovative sectors, a large section of the San Francisco economy is still maintained by its tourism and finance industries.
Finding a job in San Francisco
Highly skilled workers with expertise in their field are likely to find a position in San Francisco. Networking is important. It helps to make connections and keep one's ear to the ground for new opportunities or upcoming start-ups, and in some industries word of mouth is the best way to find a new position. Other potential sources of job listings include online job portals, social networks and recruitment agencies.
In addition to having the right skill set, qualifications and experience, expats looking for work in San Francisco must ensure that they have the correct work permit for the US.
Work culture in San Francisco
San Francisco's trendy, bohemian character has influenced the working culture of many of the businesses based there. While it's unlikely that the financial services sector will forego its formal attire, some of the largest corporations in the San Francisco Bay are known for having an unorthodox atmosphere with policies geared towards the happiness of their employees.
Many of these companies also place great importance on environmental sustainability and improving the world through technology, as the city continues to be at the progressive forefront of American business.
What do expats think of working in San Francisco?
"I found people at work to be really friendly and happy to get together for a hike or to go out for drinks after work." Find out what Katherine has to say about expat life in San Francisco.
►For more on the country's work culture, see Doing Business in the USA
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