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Old 05-08-2007, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Default Attractive job market in Florida?

Is there anyplace in Florida that offers an attractive job market with decent salaries, and affordable housing? I'm just asking out of curiosity. Seems like people have a lot of negative comments concerning the major hubs in Florida.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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What typre of job? Professional or service. In southwest florida we have an ABUNDANCE of service jobs available. Housing is also cheaper than the rest of florida (in certain areas of lee county). Teachers, firefighters,etc. are also in demand but I don't know anything about their salaries. If you're looking for an office job or somekind, then this is definately not the place for you.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Is there anyplace in Florida that offers an attractive job market with decent salaries, and affordable housing? I'm just asking out of curiosity. Seems like people have a lot of negative comments concerning the major hubs in Florida.
Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville are pretty hot right now for a lot of industries. There was a thread recently referring to an online article at cnnmoney.com where they listed the top cities for job growth in the nation and these 3 cities were on it (Orlando took the #1 spot, Jacksonville #12...I forgot what position Tampa had).

Jax is known for Finance, Insurance, Transportation and a few other industries. Orlando has a lot of Tech and Hospitality.

What industry are you focusing on?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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unless you are a doctor or have 20 yrs of specific experience in a unique field its very tough to make over 40k....people do but its very very difficult to find a job as a college grad for 40k where in NY u might start at 50-60k right out of college with a degree in the right field and then a few years down the road be up near 100k...in fla that is almost impossible, wait it is impossible
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Naples
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I emailed my resume (mental health field) on Sunday and Monday morning they emailed me back telling me to call Mr. So and So when I got down there. It said, "we are always in need of experienced personnel". It pays about the same I am making here.

My husband works in IT. "Ancient" mainframe. They recruited him and paid him his same New York salary. I guess when there is a need they will go to great lenghts to supply it. The company is now also recruiting somebody from Colorado and is even considering letting him telecommute from there.

Supply and demand?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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I emailed my resume (mental health field) on Sunday and Monday morning they emailed me back telling me to call Mr. So and So when I got down there. It said, "we are always in need of experienced personnel". It pays about the same I am making here.

My husband works in IT. "Ancient" mainframe. They recruited him and paid him his same New York salary. I guess when there is a need they will go to great lenghts to supply it. The company is now also recruiting somebody from Colorado and is even considering letting him telecommute from there.

Supply and demand?
very true....r u a psychologist or therapist? i was considering going to grad school and getting into this field but didnt see a huge market in florida....maybe there is? i would think there should be if u know what i mean
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:57 PM
 
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My husband accepted a position in Fort Myers. He has a BA. I have a MaEd. His starting salary is way under $100k. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom. We are renting in Punta Gorda, about a 30 min commute. We pay $1100 (water & cable included) for a 3bdrm/2000sq ft condo. We have 2 car payments along w/ a student loan & health insurance at $350/mnth. IF we decided to buy, we know what we can get & it is completely acceptable to us in the areas we are looking.

We have money left over at the end of the month! It is called a budget Yet, we still get to enjoy going out to dinners & my husband has petty cash throughout the week.

It is possible to survive here on under $100k a year & depending on opportunity & timing, there are jobs. Not a lot nor the highest paying, but they are out there.

If Florida is of interest to you...just keep doing your homework & REALLY scope out every little thing.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:02 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach - Flamingo Park
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unless you are a doctor or have 20 yrs of specific experience in a unique field its very tough to make over 40k....people do but its very very difficult to find a job as a college grad for 40k where in NY u might start at 50-60k right out of college with a degree in the right field and then a few years down the road be up near 100k...in fla that is almost impossible, wait it is impossible

I'm just getting a LITTLE tired of posts such as this. I mean, you can be an assistant store manager at American Eagle Outfitters (The clothing store in the mall for teens and college aged people) and make 45k/year.

If you got a degree in "English" or "Liberal Arts" and did not go onto grad school, all I can say is that you knew what you were getting into! Most places in the country want experience, making it hard for all outgoing graduates.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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unless you are a doctor or have 20 yrs of specific experience in a unique field its very tough to make over 40k....people do but its very very difficult to find a job as a college grad for 40k where in NY u might start at 50-60k right out of college with a degree in the right field and then a few years down the road be up near 100k...in fla that is almost impossible, wait it is impossible
If you have hard, concrete facts to state the if a college grad is sure to get a job in NY in exactly what they want & at such a high income, please post. Maybe make a website of such information b/c I sure majority of college grads would love to be guaranteed such a thing.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:50 AM
 
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I'm just getting a LITTLE tired of posts such as this. I mean, you can be an assistant store manager at American Eagle Outfitters (The clothing store in the mall for teens and college aged people) and make 45k/year.

If you got a degree in "English" or "Liberal Arts" and did not go onto grad school, all I can say is that you knew what you were getting into! Most places in the country want experience, making it hard for all outgoing graduates.

You can be an assistant store manager at Starbucks, make that much, along w/ med insurance And there are Starbucks all around the country & world.

My husband is a theatre major...it is all too painful He became an officer in the Army, racked up the experience, got out after running over way too many IEDs for his comfort, & found a very good job making more than 50 but less than 100. We are living comfortably down here.
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