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Cailey Rizzo
Updated December 27, 2017

Los Angeles is where financial dreams are made, according to a new study from personal finance website GOBankingRates. But earning potential depends on where in the country you choose to settle.

The site predicted that civil engineers and computer systems analysts will be hired at an above-average rate in 2018. And for those looking for jobs in these fields, Los Angeles has the most openings and the highest salaries ($80,500 and $85,000 for median salaries, respectively).

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Those who don’t have set career plans but want to make the most money should consider relocating to Chicago. The city is one of the top U.S. cities where income is growing the fastest, particularly for sales managers.

Teachers looking for the best placement options will find the most salary potential on the coasts. While middle school teachers in New York City have the highest median salary ($50,500), Los Angeles has the most open positions (and a salary of $43,500). For those considering teaching elementary school, San Diego has the most job openings and highest salary ($44,000). Runners up for both levels of education include Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Those looking for work in creative or media industries should consider learning a foreign language and working as an interpreter or translator, according to a study from U.S. News & World Report, because of the career’s work/life balance. Because of its position as an international city, New York City not only has the highest number of openings but highest earning potential for translators.

Those looking for the best cities for a specific career path can check out GOBankingRates’ more comprehensive list.

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