Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is now known, is the city with its roots deep in history and its vision set firmly on the future. One of the biggest metropolitan cities in India, it stands fourth after Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
‘The City of Gardens’ or the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, Bangalore is known by many nicknames, each of which demonstrates a defining characteristic of this thriving cosmopolitan city. Visionary administrative policies, adequate public infrastructure and an abundance of premier education institutes, contributed to the ascension of Bangalore to the go-to destination for career oriented professionals. With its diverse demographic, vibrant inclusive culture and year round pleasant climate, it is hardly surprising that it has become an ideal career destination for the Gen Y of India.
High Demand for TalentThe city has an almost insatiable demand for qualified professionals that is fed by the talent pools cultivated in premier education and research institutes based in and around the city. This is the city that can absorb and offer rewarding futures to professionals of any level of skills, talent and experience in a wide range of fields. Engineers, managers, researchers, scientists, technical support specialists, entrepreneurs, Bangalore has the capacity to provide rewarding opportunities to all. The city offers some of the best and most promising white-collar jobs in the country.
While being the biggest exporter of roses and silk textiles in India, it is also the ground zero for the Kannada Film Industry and a flourishing centre for art and literature in the region. It employs one of the largest BPO workforces in the country.
But what truly distinguishes Bangalore from other Indian Metropolises is the sheer scope and scale of the high technology industries that reside here.
In the last several decades Bangalore has emerged as the hub of software development and IT subcontracting for numerous multinationals from around the world. Bangalore alone employs more than a third of all IT professionals in India and is the biggest exporter of IT related services in the country.
The formation and subsequent success Infosys and Wipro, propelled the entire Information Technology industry of India forward and established it as the force to reckon with on a global platform.
The two major IT parks of the city – Electronics City and Whitefield, are home to R&D centres of some of the biggest names in IT and Software development in the world. 3M, Texas Instruments, Dell and Intel are just a few names among the many multinational corporations that have set up R&D and engineering centres in the city, effectively making Bangalore a focal point in global technological advancements.
Today Bangalore is home to nearly a thousand IT firms. And this number will keep on growing, as the intellectually fertile environment of the city has given rise to many new IT start-ups who are making fast strides on the success highway.
Aerospace and Aviation
Bangalore holds a veritable monopoly on the Indian Aviation industry. More than 65 % of the country’s aerospace business is generated here. Apart from the research centres of global aerospace giants like Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation and Honeywell, the city is home to the likes of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), one of the biggest public sector employers in the region.
The National Aeronautics Laboratories (NAL), which develops civil aviation technologies, is also based here, as is the premier Space Research Organisation of India – ISRO.
Automobile Manufacturing Industry
In addition to heavy industries such as BHEL, ITI and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bangalore is increasingly becoming a hub of automobile manufacturing.
Toyota, Volvo, Mahindra and Hindustan Motors are just a few of the big wigs of the automobile industry that have established manufacturing plants in Bangalore.
40% of all Biotechnology companies in India are based in Bangalore. With access to world-class talent in the form of IISc, IBRO, IBAB alumni and many more esteemed biotechnology research institutes, Bangalore has set its sights on becoming a global leader in Biotechnology in the coming years.
Having established itself as a world class contender in innovation in the IT, Aerospace and manufacturing sectors, Bangalore is now gearing up to become a major player in the finance sector. With all but the specific infrastructure in place, the city is being prepared to attract major companies that provide financial services. And if history is anything to go by, then it is quite possible that pretty soon Bangalore might acquire another nickname – ‘the financial capital of India’.
Bangalore, as a career destination, offers an unprecedented scope for growth in a wide range of industries. Irrespective of your specific field, if you seek a job in high technology or large-scale manufacturing and aspire to rub shoulders with the best in the business, then Bangalore is the place to be!