May 13, 2024 - News

The class of 2024 has its sights set on Scottsdale jobs

A bar chart showing the change in the share of new grads applying to jobs in select cities, 2023 to 2024. New York City saw the largest increase in applicant share, up 1.35 percentage points to a total of 9.1% in 2024. Other top gainers were Texas City, Salt Lake City, and Boise. The biggest loser was Atlanta, losing 0.46 percentage points.
Data: Handshake; Chart: Axios Visuals

We know the youths love to visit Scottsdale, but a new report shows they want to work there, too.

The big picture: Scottsdale saw one of the biggest increases in the share of job applications from new college grads, according to a new survey from Handshake, the campus recruitment website.

Between the lines: The class of 2024 — which Axios has dubbed "the bummer generation" because of how COVID-19 warped the seminal events of their young lives — just wants stability and a comfortable income, thank you.

  • Job security, work/life balance, and the ability to live near family and friends are the top considerations for the class of 2024, Handshake's opinion survey and job applications data show.

The bottom line: Scottsdale checks a lot of those boxes. It's seen one of the largest rates of job growth in the nation, boasts a high median income and has plentiful entertainment and recreation options.

Editor's note: The chart in this story has been corrected to reflect that the location data is based on job applications submitted by 2023 and 2024 graduates on Handshake (not from 2024 graduate survey data).

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