Best Places for Outdoor Enthusiasts
If you want to forge a career in tech and enjoy spending your leisure time frolicking in nature, then Seattle should be on your radar. The city topped Niche's 2016 Best Cities for Outdoor Activities in America, as well as The Telegraph's list of the Best US Cities for Outdoor Adventure. While major tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon call the city home, IT businesses of all sizes thrive in Seattle, fueled by its large pool of tech talent. In fact, according to a report by NPR, the most common occupation in Washington State is software developer. And as the startup community continues to grow, more folks are realizing they don't have to work for a major company to have a career in tech.
Seattle offers plentiful resources and fellow entrepreneurs you can turn to for advice and support, including StartupSeattle. It's also a TechHire city, which means it's committed to training people to fill the 1,800 software developer jobs posted each month. So if you're starting an IT business in Seattle, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to find the talent you need.
"I came to Seattle to go to the University of Washington and sort of fell in love with the city and the combination of tech talent and interesting academics," says Gilad Berenstein, founder and CEO of Utrip, a website that helps travelers plan vacations. "When I was ready to start Utrip, I was already here and it was obvious that this is where I wanted to stay. I think that the standard of living in Seattle is incredibly high. It's a beautiful place, which is something a lot people in tech and small business really enjoy. And for a freelancer, it's really an ideal place to live because there are literally three coffee shops per block."
Ready to embrace flannel and make the move? We recommend checking out some of the resources and events at New Tech Northwest. They've also compiled an extensive list of networking events you may want to check out, like Appy Hour, Beers with Engineers, and many more.