I am a physics PhD at a globally top 10 UK institution. I'm interested in moving to California for two reasons: - The weather. - I believe the US economy is higher growth than the rest of the modernised world. My subject area is not 'hot' so I doubt I'd be able to get a good postdoc. Are the skills in a UK PhD in demand in California? Bear in mind a UK PhD is very different to a US one. By 'in demand' I mean sufficient demand to pay well relative to cost of living and incentivise businesses to hire non-US citizens. I'm aware this is a general question but it is difficult to get a feel for the situation. Other related questions are: Would entry-level employment be the expected path? How competitive is the job search over there? Apart from silicon valley are there other major tech industries?