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The Best Cities to Find Work in 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Are you transitioning out of the military and looking for a new civilian career? If you are considering relocating for a new career, read on to learn more about this year’s best cities to find work in the U.S. WalletHub compared data from 182 different cities in the U.S. with two key dimensions in mind: “job market” and “socioeconomic”. They then judged these dimensions using 26 different metrics including “job opportunities”, “unemployment rate”, “median annual income”, and “average commute time,” resulting in a total score out of 100 possible points.

2018 is shaping up to be a record-setting year, with unemployment reaching its lowest point in a couple of decades. Depending on the city, about a third of employers will be looking to add manpower this year.

Here is a list of a few of the companies that exclusively hire military through Orion, and a sample of positions for which we are recruiting, in a best of the best cities to find jobs in 2018.


Boston, MA (Ranked #10) - Atlas Copco Compressors

About the Company: Atlas Copco currently has around 40,000 employees around the world, with approximately 4,800 people all across the US. They do business in more than 180 countries and had revenues of approximately $12.8B in 2013. Atlas Copco has been named as one of the world's most sustainable companies eight times by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Service Technician positions. As a Service Technician, you will be responsible for traveling to customer sites to perform routine, preventative maintenance and repairs on oil injected and oil-free air compressors.

We are also hiring for Atlas Copco in Tampa, FL ranked 16; Columbus, OH ranked 73; and Buffalo, NY ranked 132 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on careers with Atlas Copco Compressors, click here.


Austin, TX  (Ranked #11) - Bell and Howell

About the Company: Bell and Howell's software and hardware streamlines high-volume, high-integrity print and production of customer communications and products, maximizes postal discounts, and monetizes every customer touchpoint. Its service organization is among the most sophisticated in the world for production workflow, automation and industrial mechatronics.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Customer Service Technician positions. As a Customer Service Technician, you will serve as the primary customer contact on technical and service related problems on a wide range of industrial, robotic and printing equipment, cash recycling products, mailing and sorting machines, credit card embossing and processing and any other applicable third-party accessories attached as part of the systems.

We are also hiring for Bell and Howell in Denver, CO ranked 25; Dallas, TX ranked 49; Grand Rapids, MI ranked 43; Nashville, TN ranked 75; and Oklahoma City, OK ranked 154 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military with Bell and Howell, click here.


Denver, CO (Ranked # 25) - Ingersoll Rand

About the Company: Ingersoll Rand advances quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. The company's people and its family of brands - including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®- work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand is a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Controls Technician positions. As a Controls Technician, you will be installing (commissioning), troubleshooting, repairing, and programming environmental control systems.

We are also hiring for Ingersoll Rand in Portland, OR ranked 40; Little Rock, AR ranked 57; Albuquerque, NM ranked 135; Tulsa, OK ranked 150; and Oklahoma City, OK ranked 154 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military with Ingersoll Rand, click here.


 Atlanta, GA (Ranked #28) - Sun Chemical

About the Company: Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks and coatings, pigments, liquid crystal materials, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion. Over 20,000 employees located at 176 subsidiaries across 63 countries work every day to meet the needs of customers by improving performance on the essentials of business, such as reliable, on-time delivery and consistent product quality.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Utility Operator positions. As a Utility Operator, you will independently operate production equipment in various areas of the manufacturing plant.

For more information on the careers available for military with Sun Chemical, click here.


 Des Moines, IA (Ranked #31) - Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB)

About the Company: The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), a proud partner of Munich Re, is one of the world's leading specialty insurers and reinsurers. HSB is a global provider of equipment breakdown insurance products, other specialty insurance and reinsurance products, inspection services and engineering consulting.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Boiler and Machinery Authorized Inspector positions. As a Boiler and Machinery Authorized Inspector you will be responsible for the inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as required by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME) Sections III, including referenced construction codes and standards of our clients.

We are also hiring for HSB  in Aurora, IL ranked 123; Wichita, KS ranked 115; and New York, NY ranked 105 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military with HSB, click here.


Washington, D.C.(Ranked #51) - Lutron

About the Company: Lutron designs, manufactures, and sells products ranging from individual dimmers to total light management systems. Lutron is proud that its products help to keep its customers safe and comfortable in their own homes.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Field Service Engineer positions. As a Field Service Engineer, you will be a company expert at customer sites, ensuring that the advanced lighting systems are commissioned properly and serviced post-installation. You will be an integral part of the company’s customer-focused business model as customers are the foundation of its business.

We are also hiring for Lutron in Los Angeles, CA ranked 60 and  New York, NY ranked 105 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military, click here.


Virginia Beach, VA (Ranked #54) - Siemens

About the Company: For more than 165 years, Siemens has stood for innovative strength, a passion for technology, sustainability, responsibility and an uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence. As a globally operating technology company, they rigorously leveraging the advantages that their setup provides. To tap business opportunities in both new and established markets, their businesses are bundled into eight divisions and healthcare as well as wind power as separately managed businesses.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Sales Representative positions. As a Sales Representative, you will manage a sales territory consisting of Channel, OEM, end users and integration part accounts.

We are also hiring for Siemens in Miami, FL ranked 85; Houston, TX ranked 120; and Indianapolis, IN ranked 143 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military, click here.


Columbus, OH (Ranked #73) - Honda

About the Company: It’s been more than 30 years since the first U.S.-made Honda Accord rolled off the line at Honda’s Marysville manufacturing plant in November 1982. Back then Honda had only a dream to guide us, yet they always knew they had the potential for greatness. Honda began its military recruiting program in 2012 with a long-term goal of incorporating military recruitment across all divisions within the company. Over the last five years, Honda has hired more than 100 veterans across the organization.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Equipment Service Technician positions. As an Equipment Service Technician, your responsibilities will include: reporting to the Maintenance Service Team/Shift Leader and performing maintenance for shift/production needs and maintaining production equipment in a safe/efficient manner to ensure equipment meets/exceeds requirements.

For more information on the careers available for military, click here.


Kansas City, MO (Ranked #94) - DAIFUKU - Elite Line Services 

About the Company: Elite Line Services (ELS) is a service division of the world's largest provider of material handling solutions, Daifuku Co., Ltd. In operation since 1994, ELS focuses on providing a wide range of highly personalized operation and maintenance programs that are efficient, well organized and constantly exceed customer expectations. ELS is unique because we fully understand that our employees are the foundation of our success and the measure of our excellence in the industries we serve. By joining ELS, you will gain the stability of Daifuku's 80 years of service along with an employer who literally measures their success by each employee's satisfaction.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Control Systems Technician positions with Elite Line Services. As the Controls System Technician, you will be responsible for troubleshooting, design/implement/document control solutions for material handling systems as well as ensuring that Safety comes first in all efforts. You will receive proper training on device troubleshooting and preventive maintenance.

We are also hiring for ELS in Aurora, IL ranked 123 on the WalletHub List.

For more information on the careers available for military, click here.


 Kansas City, MO (Ranked #94) - Honeywell

About the Company: Honeywell International is a $40.3 billion diversified Fortune 100 leader with more than 132,000 employees in 100 countries around the world. Honeywell invents and manufactures technology that address some of the world's toughest challenges linked to global macro trends like energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity. They are building a world that's safer and more secure, more comfortable and energy efficient, more innovative and productive.

Positions Available: Orion is currently recruiting for Assembler and Engineering Technician positions.

  • As an Assembler, your responsibilities will include: Planning, assembling, and fitting piece parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate complex, precision assemblies.
  • As an Engineering Technician, you will be responsible for assisting Engineers and Technicians with a variety of day-to-day recurring technical engineering support tasks.

For more information on the careers available for military, click here.


If you’re interested in working for one of our featured employers in the best places to find work, check out our current opportunities with Orion or contact us for more information!

There were many factors that went into WalletHub’s rankings, and you can view all 182 cities and their positions here.

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