Certain clusters or regional areas have industries that are booming.
These are the geographical locations where you can gain the most valuable experience for that particular industry.
The following shows a map of industry clusters in the United States.
If you know which industry you would like to go into, understanding and identifying industry clusters will be beneficial to your career search. Strongly consider moving out of your area of residence and moving to that clustered location for greater exposure to relevant opportunities.
You can still find a job that is not in an industry cluster, however, the experience might not be as robust or valuable.
The Northeast cluster contains industries such as finance, insurance, health care, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. A large portion of companies in these industries can be found in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut).
The Southeast cluster contains industries such as food, transportation, and retail. A large portion of companies is located in Georgia. You can also find industries such as finance, health care, aerospace, and energy.
South Central Region
The South Central cluster contains industries such as telecommunications, energy, food, retail, and technology. Energy is the biggest industry in this area, specifically petroleum refining. A large portion of these companies can be found in Texas.
The Midwest cluster contains industries such as food, health care, insurance, and motor vehicles & parts. A large portion of companies can be found in Illinois and Ohio. You can also find industries such as energy, retail, and transportation in this region.
West Coast Region
The West Coast cluster contains industries such as technology, retail, and media. The biggest industry in this area is technology, specifically in internet services and computer hardware. You can also find industries such as energy, finance, apparel, and media in this area.