Top Ten Hottest Job Markets in the Nation

January 24, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

The western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. San Fransisco was ranked second in the country on Monster.com for the hottest job markets in the nation, with Washington D.C. being first.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. San Fransisco was ranked second in the country on Monster.com for the hottest job markets in the nation, with Washington D.C. being first. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Monster.com, one of the country’s largest job search engines, has ranked the top ten hottest job markets in the nation. New England's Boston, Mass. was ranked third in the country, coming after Washington D.C. and San Francisco, which came in at first and second place respectively.

Boston’s booming Innovation District, a region quickly becoming home to more and more start up and clean tech companies, is a driving factor for its thriving job market, said Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“The Innovation District is quickly becoming a model for the country for how to rebuild the economy around new and growing industries,” said Menino in a city of Boston press release. “I look forward to its growth as we continue to make the South Boston Waterfront a hub of creativity and innovation.”

Boston was followed by Baltimore, Md., Seattle, Wash., Minneapolis, Minn., Cleveland, Ohio, Tampa, Fla., Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Miss.

Within the identified job markets, Monster analysts pointed to the information technology and health care fields as the hottest for job seekers, especially for those looking in Boston, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

"This is largely due to the economic recovery where communities across the nation are starting to spend more on things like IT infrastructure and other areas where they'd previously avoided spending on, for as long as possible. Meanwhile, health care has long been immune to the economic recession, especially given the skills shortage in that industry due to baby boomers' retiring, taking those skills with them in the process," said Jesse Harriott, Senior Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer for Monster Worldwide in a Monster.com press release.

Hot jobs in computer and mathematics fields include IT project managers, database administrators, computer software engineers, computer support specialists, and computer and information scientists and researchers. In health care, the hottest jobs were for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, occupational therapist assistants, dental assistants, home health and pharmacy aides.

In Cleveland and Kansas City, the hottest jobs were in retail, while for Tampa residents, physical and occupational therapists were in the greatest demand.