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Old 12-03-2006, 12:15 AM
 
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Hey guys i think it is really great that your new calling is HOUSTON!
My family and I are planning to relocate to Florida 2007. Yet, I am very concerned about employment out there, how do you grade the job market?

I am really concerned, because coming from New York I am so use to the fast pace work force, is it crazy out there too ?

Can someone that lives in Florida please give he a heads up in which someone that has lived in NYC all of her life should take her 3 children and hubby to live at Palm Springs, Florida...............HELP!

Thanks
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hello bklynbabe, Florida is getting more business but nothing like you are used to in NY. Things are pretty laid back here and not fast paced at all. I like it better that way but the downside is the pay scale is a lot lower than what you will find in NY.

The problem in Florida is the real estate is gowing up but the salaries in the area are not keeping up. The real estate is being fuled by retirees selling their homes in the Northeast and moving down here. They are retired so are not relying on jobs to pay the mortgage. They have no mortgage.

My wife and I have never had a problem finding good salary jobs in Tampa but we are the exception. I worked for a fortune 10 company HQ in California that allowed me to work from home and my wife works for a local company who's HQ is here. There are few of those jobs. We have actually gotten to a point in our salaries that we have priced ourselves out of the Tampa market if we want to grow. That is why I am considering a job in Houston right now. Bigger city with a lot more business than Tampa. My salary is very common in Houston and not the exception.

Some of the industries that do well here are (from what I know)...

Tampa / St. Pete:
Finance (Raymond James, JP Morgan, Citibank)
Tech / Consulting (PWC, Jabil Circuit, Tech Data, DTCC, Verizon Tech Services)
MacDill Air Force Base is also in Tampa

Orando is filled with government contractors. Mostly simulation type stuff. Plus you have all of the tourism industry stuff (Walt Disney, AAA, etc...).

Miami has a lot of business. Mostly companies put their Latin American operations in Miami. They are usually big name companies but I don't know too many people who like living in Miami.

Jacksonville has business too but I have never cared for the city. I don't really know much about it so it could be a great place.

I think Florida is a great place to live but if you want a "business/professional/fast pace" atmosphere, then I would suggest a larger city out of Florida (or maybe Miami). If you want a slower lifestyle and aren't concerned with salary and growing professionally, then Florida is the place for you.
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