Which State Has the Best Career Advancement Potential?

Location, location, location — according to a new study by the nonprofit research group Pew Center, living in New Jersey offers the best chance for career advancement than any other state. Other states topping the list included Maryland and New York.

“The take-home for us is that where you live really matters,” Pew research manager Diana Elliott said. “New Jersey in our study is a good place to live in terms of economic mobility.”

Economists point to the diversification of the industry in New Jersey and say the key to career success often isn’t moving up the same corporate ladder but switching ladders.

Check out these average New Jersey career salaries:

New Jersey teacher: $63,154

New Jersey nurses make 6 percent more than the national average

New Jersey paralegal: $49,000

New Jersey architect: $114,000

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