Like many other Indian cities, Lucknow - the capital of Uttar Pradesh - blends historical charm with modern-day sophistication. ‘The city of Nawabs’ or ‘the city of Tehzeeb’, Lucknow was once the home of Mughal rulers who were great benefactors of art, music, poetry, dance, architecture and culinary. Over the years, the city has come a long way from being the ‘Constantinople of the East’ to the administrative headquarters of Uttar Pradesh and an important center of education, trade, technology, finance and tourism in North India.
Around 65 percent of people in the city are either satisfied or very happy with the quality of life in Lucknow, according to a study conducted by researchers at Indian Institute of Management. Another survey by the City Mayors Foundation found Lucknow is the 17th fastest growing city in India and 74th in the world. Robust growth prospect, thriving local economy, wide-ranging employment opportunity and low cost of living make Lucknow an ideal career destination for thousands of students and professionals from the country and abroad.
Job OpportunityLucknow was ranked the 6th fasted job generating city in India, according to Assocham Placement Pattern (APP) study. Being the main political and administrative hub of India’s fourth largest state, Lucknow generates a large number of public sector jobs. Many government organizations including Regional office of the Uttar Pradesh State Industries Development Corporation (UPSIDC) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) are headquartered in the city, creating hundreds of jobs for both fresher and experienced professionals every year. Although the city has always been projected as the go-to destination for government job aspirants, it surely has the capacity to offer a wide variety of private sector jobs. Professionals from almost every field, including engineers, chartered accountants, managers, researchers, teachers, scientists, and technicians are likely to find a suitable job opportunity in Lucknow.
Key IndustriesLucknow is one of the fastest growing Tier II cities in India. The GDP of Lucknow, currently at $22 billion, is expected to reach $66 billion in 2025, growing at 6.6 percent per year. The city has a diversified economy, driven mainly by industries like real estate, handicraft, aeronautics, tourism, education, information technology and banking. Let’s take a close look at the key job generating sectors in Lucknow.
Small Scale IndustriesThe capital of Uttar Pradesh has long been a hub of small scale industries, including handicrafts, pottery, silk, gems, jewelry, perfumes, chemicals and glass items. Famous worldwide for producing exclusive embroidery works of Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardozi, the handicraft sector of Lucknow accounts for around 60 percent of exports from the state, according to statistics from Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
Information TechnologyThe IT industry in Lucknow is still in its infancy but has a huge potential to grow. Leading IT companies like Tata Consultancy Services already have offices in the city. The government of Uttar Pradesh is building an IT city over 100 acres of land at Chak Ganjaria farms site in Lucknow. The city is likely to accommodate around 5000 IT companies, creating thousands of jobs for software engineers, system administrators, web developers and other IT professionals.
EducationLucknow is a major educational hub in the state of Uttar Pradesh. There are seven universities in total, including Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, University of Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh Technical University in the city. Providing scopes for the highest standards of professional education, the city houses many acclaimed institutions and research centers, including, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, National Botanical Research Institute, Central Drug Research Institute, Indian Institute of Information Technology, and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. The city also accommodates several renowned schools, colleges, engineering institutions and R&D centers. For instance, the National Milk Grid of the National Dairy Development Board and the National Handloom Development Corporation are located in Lucknow. Quite evidently, the education sector of Lucknow offers a number of high-profile jobs to teachers, professors, researchers and scientists.
Manufacturing and Real EstateWhile big names like Tata Motors, Omax Auto, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Eveready Industries already have manufacturing units in Lucknow, many others are planning to open factories in the city. Some key products include machine tools, furniture, aeronautics and distillery chemicals. On the other hand, the city’s real estate sector has seen rapid growth over the past few years, generating hundreds of jobs for both skilled and non-skilled workers.
If you are looking for a career destination away from the overcrowded metros in India, consider trying your luck in Lucknow!