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Best Cities In Mexico To Look For Employment In 2019

Mexico is known for its pristine beaches, hot climate, and top-tier resorts. Every year, visitors from all over the world flock to tropical destinations like Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.

Though the Mexican economy thrives on tourism, the business industry is what draws big industry names and startups alike. As one of the world’s capitals for IT, automobile manufacturing, and engineering, it’s no wonder that Mexican cities draw in business individuals and companies from around the world. While the country’s main tourist spots (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo) are easy to name, its major business hubs are tucked away into other corners of the nation.

If you want to find the best, high-paying jobs and talent pools, searching in Mexico’s postcard-perfect regions won’t quite cut it. You’ll need to look past Mexico’s beaches and high-tier resorts to the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana.


Known as the country’s industrial capital, Monterrey offers huge opportunities for business ventures. With big industrial growth in recent years, Monterrey is a city of tomorrow, with constant construction and development for both individuals and businesses alike.

According to an article published by Forbes, Monterrey is home to nearly one hundred industrial parks including iron and steel manufacturing, glass, cement, automotive parts, consumer electronics, and metal fabrication, amongst many others. As the capital of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, it’s also the location of an elite university, promising new startups, and established multinational companies.

The Monterrey area is also a highly livable one, known for its large middle class and modern subway network. Given its infrastructure and culture of development, it’s no wonder Monterrey was even chosen as the host of the UN’s conference on development back in 2002.

The talent pool in Monterrey is perhaps the best in the country. Known as Mexico’s academic center, the region is flooded with both engineering and computer science graduates who are intelligent, driven, and eager to work. This influx has caused a boom in IT startups looking to snap up new blood, bringing higher-level CEO positions into high demand with fewer qualified, experienced candidates to fill shoes.

With such promising job possibilities, it’s no shock that the Monterrey area is home to one of the safest and richest areas in all of the nation. Wealthy areas like San Pedro Garza Garcia, punctuated with luxury car dealerships and high-end boutiques, are excellent indicators of the potential earnings awaiting those who choose to work and live in Monterrey.

Additionally, if you’re an American looking to move abroad, Monterrey is considered the easiest transition. As one of the most “Americanized” cities in Latin America, Monterrey enjoys a high level of international trade between both Latin American nations and the United States.


Known primarily for its manufacturing and IT businesses, Guadalajara is a booming locale for fast-growing businesses and high-paying work opportunities. With so much development in recent years, it’s no wonder that some are referring to it as Mexico’s very own “Silicon Valley”.

Industry growth and wealth from Guadalajara’s fast-growing IT and electronics scene have made it an attractive location for startups and well-established industry giants alike, bringing an influx of jobs to the region. In fact, according to an article published by the Washington Post, between the years of 2014 and 2016 alone around $120 million was invested in nearly 200 Guadalajaran start-ups. As a result, it has acquired the nickname Silicon Valley South.

New businesses in Guadalajara also have the added benefit of its advantageous positioning.

Because of Jalisco’s strategic location, it’s well-positioned for domestic transactions while remaining close enough to the US to easily do business across the border. As the home of two airports, it also presents an increased possibility for international business travel, making it attractive to multinational companies. It makes sense why huge companies would choose Guadalajara to launch large-scale operations.

If startups aren’t enough to show the economic growth which promises high-paying jobs in luxury offices, then the influx of huge names in the city’s business sector surely will. According to JLL many IT giants such as Toshiba, IBM, HP, Oracle, Cisco, and even Intel have settled down and started calling the city of Guadalajara home, bringing a broad range of high-level corporate jobs to the table.

Mexico City

As the nation’s capital, it’s probably unsurprising that Mexico City ranks among one of the best locations for well-paying jobs in the executive realm. Known for service, manufacturing, and finance industries, Mexico City serves as the country’s economic backbone.

Part of what should draw those searching for employment to Mexico City is the promising potential of its financial industry. The region houses the headquarters of the Bank of Mexico, which serves as the monetary authority of the country. It’s also home to the headquarters of big banks like Santander Mexico, Bancomext, and Inbursa—three of Mexico’s biggest names in finance. The operations of these banking companies, among others, opens the doors for high-paying employment in the Mexico City area.

Taking notice of Mexico City’s promise, international corporations from Boeing and Ford to Procter & Gamble have all moved operations to the city. Other big names that have recently moved operations to Mexico City include Facebook, Uber, and Google. Hoping that the country’s capital will serve as an excellent entry point for the rest of Latin America, it’s an attractive home for foreign companies looking to expand to global markets.

With the operation of the country’s biggest banks and some of the world’s most prominent foreign companies in their backyard, it’s no wonder that Mexico City is one of the most promising locales for those seeking high-paying, executive-level positions.


Tijuana is home to the busiest border crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Having a bustling economy supported by thriving manufacturing industry, tourism, hospitality, and healthcare sectors, Tijuana is a place that entices thousands of migrants and ex-pats to pursue their careers in the city. With over 700 manufacturing companies and global logistics leaders, Tijuana has a fully employed workforce with record level low unemployment. Many international companies like Samsung, Medtronic, and Bose are established there and are driving the city’s economic growth to its peak. One of the biggest benefits of Tijuana is its proximity to San Diego and Los Angeles, California.

Final Words

While Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana are four of the country’s hottest spots for industrial growth and high-paying corporate positions, they don’t hold a monopoly on the country’s corporate promise. With manufacturing, automotive, and especially IT industries booming across the country, locations like Chihuahua, Queretaro, Ciudad Juarez, and Puebla are only a few of the other promising locations for corporate job opportunities. Each year, more and more startups and industry giants set up shop in cities across the nation, making Mexico a promised land for professionals.

By Barbachano Staff

At Barbachano International (BIP), we know that talent is the most important asset a company has. When people shine, businesses light up. We help leaders and organizations unleash their full potential in Mexico, LATAM, and the US. Get in touch with us today at (619) 427-2310 or email us at Experience the BIP difference.

By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

President and CEO of Barbachano International (BIP),

The Human Capital Solutions leader in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA, offering high-impact executive search, executive coaching, and outplacement.

About Barbachano International

Barbachano International (BIP) is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm in the Americas (USA, Mexico, Latin America, & Canada) with a focus on diversity and multicultural target markets.  Outplacement and Executive Coaching services are provided by our sister allied company Challenger Gray & Christmas. Since 1992, BIP and its affiliates have impacted the profitability of over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies.  BIP has been recognized by Forbes as Americas’ Best Executive Search Firms and currently ranks #27 and #3 on the West Coast.  Headquartered in San Diego, California with satellite offices in Florida and Mexico.  As member-owners of NPAworldwide Recruitment Network, we are supported by partner offices in over 50 countries.


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