Located within an hour’s drive from Ahmadabad, Vadodara is the third-largest city in the prosperous Indian state of Gujarat. The city is often regarded as the cultural capital of Gujarat, and attracts tourists from around the country to its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner and Pavagadh.
Vadodara is fast coming up as a true city of tomorrow. Excellent connectivity, both via roadways and railways, makes the city an ideal cultural, educational, and industrial hub in the state. Vadodara abounds in inorganic reserves of minerals like Dolomite, Chloride, Granite and Fluorspar, which has helped the city witness robust economic growth, year after year.
Some of the country's leading PSUs have set up operations in the city, paving the way for Vadodara to become one of the most attractive job destinations in India. Job seekers and professionals relocating to Vadodara may also find exciting career opportunities in the fast-progressing neighbouring cities of Surat and Bharuch.
Key Industries and Job OpportunitiesVadodara is home to several industries, including engineering, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, Forex, and plastics, and has seen reputed PSUs come up in recent years. Clearly the power equipment manufacturing capital of India, it also houses many large-scale enterprises like Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals, Indian Oil Corporation, Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited.
Many international companies, too, have set up operations in Vadodara. The Indian manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, which manufactured Delhi Metro coaches, has recently started operations in Vododara. Also, the multinational company Larsen & Toubro has set up Knowledge City at Waghodia, while financial services giant MasterCard has recently started a tech hub in the city. Being the Gateway to the Golden Quadrilateral, Vadodara is fast emerging as one of the most important business hubs in Gujarat. The city has its own domestic airport as well.
Chemicals and PetrochemicalsThe Chemicals industry, along with sectors like steam generating equipment and boilers, saw an unprecedented rise between the years 1988 and 1997. Gujarat accounts for over 62 percent of the total petrochemical production in India, and Vadodara has been a top contributor over the years. Alembic Pharmaceuticals, the first pharmaceuticals factory was established in 1907 and with the discovery of oil and gas in Ankleshwar and North Gujarat, industrialization has made giant strides in Vadodara. A host of career opportunities awaits not only chemical science professionals, but biotechnology and life sciences graduates at Vadodara's Savli Biotech Park. The chemical industry also offers job opportunities to a large number of unskilled workers.
Power Equipment ManufacturingUntil a few years ago, Vadodara was famous for its chemical industry. Ever since the ABB Group expanded its power transformer facility in Vadodara in 2002, the production of power equipment like cables, wires, switch gears, and rotating machines has grown manifold. Due to the recent arrival of home-grown companies and MNCs and with the backing of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., power equipment manufacturing is at an all-time high. The International Switch Expo was held in Vadodara under the aegis of the Union Power Ministry. Vadodara is home to more than 35 percent of India's power transmission and distribution equipment manufacturers and around 800 ancillary organizations in the same sector. For these reasons, Vadodara is an ideal destination for fresh electrical engineers and vocationally trained professionals.
Information TechnologyVadodara is fast turning into an IT hub, and is set to generate thousands of jobs for software engineers, programmers, and other IT professionals as well. L&T has set up its Knowledge City in the Vadodara in 2009 and has been in expansion mode ever since. Payment service MNC MasterCard, too, opened a technology centre in Vadodara. Information Security giant Indusface is headquartered in the city.
Vadodara also offers a number of other career options. For those into organic farming and agriculture, the city is a leading pulses and banana producer in the country. Vadodara specializes in Eggplant and cashew nut production. For those aspiring for jobs in academics, Vadodara has a thriving education sector. The largest university of Gujarat, the Maharaj Sayajirao University, is located in the city.
Of late, Vadodara’s services sector has also seen rapid growth. Diverse job opportunities, safety, connectivity, cosmopolitan culture, and a combination of rich heritage and technology make Vadodara one of the best cities to start your career.