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Old 09-24-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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I was hoping to have moved to FL by now - but some things haven't worked themselves out yet. I have not given up hope that I will get there someday.

My question is: What do people do for a living that they can afford to live there? I have a college degree and would like to be able to support myself a bit better than I am doing up here in NY State. I think even if I made about the same money down there that I am making here, I could live better there. Just wondering what types of jobs (besides healthcare) are there in Florida.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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I was hoping to have moved to FL by now - but some things haven't worked themselves out yet. I have not given up hope that I will get there someday.

My question is: What do people do for a living that they can afford to live there? I have a college degree and would like to be able to support myself a bit better than I am doing up here in NY State. I think even if I made about the same money down there that I am making here, I could live better there. Just wondering what types of jobs (besides healthcare) are there in Florida.
Except for manufacturing that is lacing in Florida the jobs are pretty much the same as most places. Government jobs, city worker, retail, service worker and so on. I'm self employed.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I was hoping to have moved to FL by now - but some things haven't worked themselves out yet. I have not given up hope that I will get there someday.

My question is: What do people do for a living that they can afford to live there? I have a college degree and would like to be able to support myself a bit better than I am doing up here in NY State. I think even if I made about the same money down there that I am making here, I could live better there. Just wondering what types of jobs (besides healthcare) are there in Florida.
This is the same reason I moved here from MD 5 months ago and it has been one of the best decisions I ever made... The cost of living is roughly half of where I was living in MD and I was lucky and got a substantial raise to come down here...

I am a software developer btw...
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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If youre looking to make a nice living in Fl, then you have to live in or close to a major city . If you will be happy making an ordinary living, you could live in the country because like others have said, homes and property taxes are far cheaper ; this of course is dependant on you getting work in either . You need to come down for a couple week visit and scope out a few areas in the State to see where you would fit in based on your career, interests, type of home desired, proximity to the coast, etc....
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Old 09-25-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Currently I work for a college and though I believe in what we do (I am in fundraising/alumni relations) I wonder if going back to for-profit businesses would be more beneficial. Does anyone know how college's pay?

I really want to move to Florida within the next year - I don't know how many more winters I can take - and how much more of NY State taxes and costs I can take...
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Currently I work for a college and though I believe in what we do (I am in fundraising/alumni relations) I wonder if going back to for-profit businesses would be more beneficial. Does anyone know how college's pay?

I really want to move to Florida within the next year - I don't know how many more winters I can take - and how much more of NY State taxes and costs I can take...
I had 49 cold long winters in northern Illinois till i cried 'Uncle' ! Im retired now, but even if I had to work, id be willing to take a paycut to live here. It is certainly worth it to be away from being stuck inside for 5-6 months every year. The sun has a great effect on a person too...in a positive way.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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Union jobs !
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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I had 49 cold long winters in northern Illinois till i cried 'Uncle' ! Im retired now, but even if I had to work, id be willing to take a paycut to live here. It is certainly worth it to be away from being stuck inside for 5-6 months every year. The sun has a great effect on a person too...in a positive way.
Indeed. There's something about looking up in the sky, seeing sunshine, feeling sunshine that all do a body good! Something psychological and physical...that's the biggest draw of the Sunshine State.

However, I caution the OP to get a job opportunity and/or several months to one year savings to live off of before relocating. Otherwise he/she might regret the move... many who didn't do either take an unfortunate path of blaming Florida for a bad situation.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Union jobs !
I agree, repealing the right to work law in Florida would be a great benefit to its residents.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I agree, repealing the right to work law in Florida would be a great benefit to its residents.
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but it won't let me. The only reason financial, and JUST financially, we are going ok is that my husband was recruited from NY 5 years ago and given his NY salary to move here by a software firm. I am a civil servant, not making my NY school system salary, but still probably better than most by Florida's standards.

Bottom line. Money is not enough for me, because there are some things money, and eternal sunshine, cannot buy; like my kids and the 4 seasons.
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