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Old 06-23-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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I am trying to move to florida and get out of the north due to hating cold weather, hating the cost of living, and being underpaid. Before anyone starts with the whole "they pay you much less down here" statement let me explain my situation. I have lived in PA, NJ, and now DC. I am 25, have a masters degree in education, and on my past two jobs have only made 24k and now 28k. I took a job as a coach at a university here and jobs in this industry pay absolutely HORRIBLY. I have certifications to teach in FL, but I know that most of the school systems are not hiring or even laying off hundreds of teachers. As far as other work experience, I have worked security and bartended at bars, have worked as a construction laborer, and have worked customer service. If I am looking to move to Florida, what would be a viable option for employment? The only plus side to my position I have now is benefits, but with the cost of living in DC I am barely breaking even.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Bartending is probably your ONLY option for a job.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Default What jobs are actually hiring?

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I am 25, have a masters degree in education, and on my past two jobs have only made 24k and now 28k. I took a job as a coach at a university here and jobs in this industry pay absolutely HORRIBLY. I have certifications to teach in FL, but I know that most of the school systems are not hiring or even laying off hundreds of teachers. If I am looking to move to Florida, what would be a viable option for employment?
Many of the community colleges in Florida are hiring teachers/professors. You need to have a master's degree and 18 graduate hours of the subject area you'd be teaching in order to be considered. They may take issue with considering anyone currently living out of state but it's worth a try. Here is where to find a list of the community colleges in the state: Contact Lists

Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:43 PM
 
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Besides starting a business, being a Dr or a lawyer, sales is the single best job in Florida.

If you can't do any of those things Florida is a low wage state. But, on 100K or more it's great.
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Go into nursing - with your background, get a nursing degree and become an educator in that field. Nursing profession will have a big shortage of educators (along w/ nurses) very soon.
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:47 AM
 
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If you think you're underpaid there....don't move here....you'll be completely underpaid HERE!
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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I find it funny you mention "underpaid". Are you aware that FL has some of the lowest salaries in the nation? And that is across the board.

While the cost of living would be less, the huge salary cuts many times put people further behind.

It doesn't cost half of what it does to live in many other places but as low as the salaries are you would think otherwise.

For example a nurse who worked in NY or CA and moves here takes almost a 50% cut in pay.

I know someone who lived in Virginia and their car insurance increased big time due to the many uninsured on the roads here. They assumed it would go down.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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I moved to Tampa 6 years from DC also to get away from the cold. The cost of living is far lower overall, however as mentioned, so are the salaries. The problem is, it's easy to move to somewhere cheaper, its very hard to move back, so you can get stuck. I have now moved back to DC (due to lack of jobs in Tampa), and its quite a setback. I owned a house there and cannot afford to buy in DC.

Job wise, FL is generally disproportionately bad when the economy is bad. That said, you may be able to get a job at one of the several area colleges. Local public school system is spotty and I am not sure whats available. Bars are prevalent and often hiring experienced people.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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White the state colleges are not hiring, you could look into the private colleges. Some of these don't pay that well, either, but if/when the economy gets better and they start hiring back some educators you will at least be here and working. Even if you get a lower paying job here, cost of living here is SO much less than where you are and have lived - it really is all relative, despite what a lot of people here say. And there are good jobs to be had for some people, but your best bet is to be here for a while, get whatever job you can, feel grateful for it and that comes through to employers. Believe me, my hubby has known silly guys that had good jobs who thought they should have been paid more, and showed that attitude at work - they are now unemployed and basically unemployable. I am just trying to say that for those with a positive and "can-do" attitude, willing to work their way up, the future can be bright, it just might take a little time.

Good luck to you.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I recently heard that they are hiring teachers for the Florida Virtual schooling.
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