Here are the top 10 cities to get a Social Services Specialist job, sorted by Delight, our measure of how easy the job search should be for the average job-seeker. Learn more.

#CityMonthly Demand (#)Unmet Demand (%)Delight (#)Salary
1New York, NY70018.3%8.8$37,670
2San Francisco, CA72016.3%8.6$38,680
3Seattle, WA60010.5%7.5$40,890
4Denver, CO56010.2%7.4$43,460
5Portland, OR6308.4%7.1$42,030
6Washington, DC5109.7%7.1$29,610
7Boston, MA6906.8%6.9$31,510
8Chicago, IL3609.4%6.7$35,020
9Sacramento, CA3108.9%6.4$32,780
10Raleigh, NC2409.5%6.3$27,300


We started with a sub-sample of 23.4 million job postings from 5,200+ job boards and 1,800+ cities around the country.

Using some fancy math and thousands of machine-hours, we then identified their primary work locations, primary job roles, estimated salaries and 17 other job search-related characteristics.

For each role and city, we then calculated five metrics:

  • Monthly Demand (#): How many people are companies hiring every month? This is simply the number of unique jobs posted every month.

  • Unmet Demand (%): What percentage of jobs did companies have a hard time filling? We won't bore you with the details but, basically, if a company re-posts the same job every week for 6 weeks, you can be pretty sure they couldn't find someone for the first 5 weeks.

  • Salary ($): What's the estimated salary for these jobs near this city? Using 145,000+ data points from the federal government and our own proprietary sources, along with salary information parsed from jobs themselves, we estimate the median salary for jobs like this within 100 miles of this city.

  • Delight (#): On a scale of 1 (least) to 10 (most delight), how easy should the job search be for the average job-seeker? This is basically the opposite of Agony.

    If you play your cards right — like having an optimized resume, applying to the right jobs — you should be able to beat the average.

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