Top 10 Cities in the World for Finance Jobs

If you’re a professional looking to build a stellar career in finance then there are a number of major global cities with vibrant financial service industries that you should think about working in. These are some of the world’s largest cities, economic powerhouses with GDP’s that may exceed that of entire regions, where talented finance professionals can influence global trends and amass immense fortunes in the process.

In no particular order, these are the top ten cities in the world for finance jobs:


  • 1

    New York, USA

    It doesn’t get bigger or better than New York City when you’re talking about jobs in finance. New York is home to a vast number of international commercial banks, investment banks and the world’s largest two stock exchanges. If you have got what it takes to succeed in a fast paced cutthroat industry set in the heart of a city that never sleeps then get yourself a one way ticket to Wall Street.

    New York City
  • 2

    Chicago, USA

    Chicago is one of United State’s largest cities and has a vibrant financial services industry and other major economic activity in areas such as telecommunications, commerce, industry, technology, transportation and sports.

  • 3

    Toronto, Canada

    Toronto, the largest and most populous city in Canada, has a significant banking industry and is home to the world’s 7th largest stock exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange. 

  • 4


    With a massive presence of international financial firms, London remains one of the top two major financial centers in the world, rivaled only by New York, and possessing a stock exchange that ranks 5th in the world in terms of market capitalization.

    Moving to London could be ideal if you have a proven track record elsewhere as competition for jobs in this historic city is fierce.

  • 5

    Zurich, Switzerland

    If you want a job in a major financial centre without the usually attendant cutthroat atmosphere then Zurich might just be the place for you. Alongside the Swiss Stock Exchange - the 10th largest stock exchange in the world, many of the world’s largest Banks can also be found in Zurich, making it a hub for finance jobs.

    Zurich, Switzerland
  • 6

    Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneva, home of the famous Swiss watch making industry, is also the headquarters for several of the world’s largest and most renowned international organizations, such as the Red Cross and the World Health Organization. Significantly, it is also considered to be one of the top financial centers of the world and is home to a large number of major banks.

    Geneva, Switzerland
  • 7


    Singapore’s thriving technology, trade and logistics driven economy have helped to make it one of the world’s leading financial cities with an extremely affluent society. 

  • 8


    With several of the world’s largest insurance companies and investment banks headquartered in Tokyo, this dominant Asian city is one of the top financial centers of the world. Impressively, the Japan Exchange Group (the Japanese stock market based in Tokyo) is the 3rd largest stock exchange in the world, ahead of even the London Stock Exchange. 

  • 9


    Shanghai, the city with the largest population in the world, boasts a thriving financial services industry with the 7th largest stock exchange in the world. 

  • 10

    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong has the 6th largest stock exchange and the 8th most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong is predicted to continue to grow as a major financial center in the future.

    Hong Kong
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    Honorable mentions

    There are other major financial cities which don’t make the top ten but are worthy of mention. You may consider a finance career in notable financial centers such as Frankfurt, Boston, Dubai, Seoul, Sydney etc.

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