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Cities that offer good advertising career opportunities


Each year thousands of college students majoring in advertising try to determine which city would be the best place to start their career.

For many, the number one city for launching an advertising career is New York. This is because a section in the city is called “Madison Avenue”, which has been home to some of the most well known and established firms in the advertising industry. This has included well known agencies like J. Walter Thompson, which was launched in New York in 1877.

Over the years as the agency grew, it began generating business from major companies in the automotive industry. One of the major automotive companies the agency has had a longstanding relationship with is the Ford Motor Company. As a result of this growing business, the agency eventually opened an office in Detroit. This helped to make the city a popular place for advertising professionals and recent college graduates looking for new challenges or beginning new careers.

In addition to Detroit, the city of Austin, Texas has also attracted quite a large number of advertising firms. Many of these firms are small independent agencies and branch offices of larger ad companies. They include Sanders-Wingo Jones Advertising, GSD&M, T3 and Springbox Limited. Because of this continued growth in advertising agencies, many recent college students are planning to relocate to Austin after they graduate.

Although the city of Chicago does not have as many ad agencies as it used too, it still remains a good place to begin or re-launch an advertising career. This city also has a long history of being home to some of the largest minority owned agencies in the country. This has included Burrell Advertising, which was launched by Thomas Burrell, an African-American ad agency professional, in 1971. He started the agency because he believed that main stream ad agencies were not creating effective advertising campaigns for the African-American community. Over the years the firm has created campaigns for companies such as Coca Cola, Kraft Foods, Sears and McDonald's. As a result, the firm has provided a large number advertising job opportunities – particularly for minority college graduates.

When thinking about potential cities that are good places to begin an advertising career, you can't forget about Atlanta, Georgia. Due to the business growth the city has experienced over the past twenty years, many ad agencies have set up shop there. Many of these agencies can be found in the midtown community and Buckhead area. Many firms select these two areas in particularly, because they are in close proximity to some of their major clients. This makes it especially convenient for client meetings.

Being located in these two areas is also very convenient for ad agency employees. Both midtown and Buckhead are located near major freeways and train stations. This gives employees the option of driving to work or taking public transportation.

So to all those currently looking for jobs in the advertising industry, along with the agencies in New York you might also want to checkout agencies in Detroit, Chicago, Austin and Atlanta. 

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