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Old 12-02-2007, 02:01 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm considering a move to Tucson but am concerned about finding employment. Also, is it true most jobs want you to speak English and Spanish? I'm 52 years old. I don't have a college degree and do clerical accounting/customer service work. Here in the NE I make about 42k. Is it true out there that most clerical jobs would only pay about $20k or so?
Any info. on availability of jobs, pay ranges, and if you need to be bilingual is appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:34 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm considering a move to Tucson but am concerned about finding employment. Also, is it true most jobs want you to speak English and Spanish? I'm 52 years old. I don't have a college degree and do clerical accounting/customer service work. Here in the NE I make about 42k. Is it true out there that most clerical jobs would only pay about $20k or so?
Any info. on availability of jobs, pay ranges, and if you need to be bilingual is appreciated.
About Spanish, you can read this thread: Work and the Spanish language

About the rest... it varies. Heck, when I saw that data entry people at Raytheon make $29/h, I was willing to part with my nails if I could stand the atmosphere there... You might wanna look into it, provided you're willing to account for every 10 minutes of your time.

Pay ranges and other general info can be found online.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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About Spanish, you can read this thread: Work and the Spanish language

About the rest... it varies. Heck, when I saw that data entry people at Raytheon make $29/h, I was willing to part with my nails if I could stand the atmosphere there... You might wanna look into it, provided you're willing to account for every 10 minutes of your time.

Pay ranges and other general info can be found online.
Just curious, could you explain about the atmosphere and accounting for every 10 minutes at Raytheon? I found a job at a different company but I did apply at Raytheon, although they never called me back. Just wondering if that was a good thing. Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Just curious, could you explain about the atmosphere and accounting for every 10 minutes at Raytheon? I found a job at a different company but I did apply at Raytheon, although they never called me back. Just wondering if that was a good thing. Thanks.
Well, Raytheon pays well, but you have to account for every minute of your time supposedly because it's billed to different projects. While it may very well be true and it probably is, I'm not looking forward to any more control. There's more than enough of it as it is. Besides, locked doors, badges, etc. don't appeal to me even if we put aside the nature of the business (which obviously goes along with these things).
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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... Heck, when I saw that data entry people at Raytheon make $29/h, I was willing to part with my nails if I could stand the atmosphere there...
$29/hour for data entry?! Sheesh!
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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$29/hour for data entry?! Sheesh!
I saw that a few years ago, too! It was some table on their website (this was the lowest wage obviously), but I could no longer find it next time I was looking for it...
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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I worked at Raytheon about 5 or 6 years ago and they paid way under scale.

was recently talking to them again but would cost me about a $7.00 an hour cut to go to work out there.

Can only speak for my field not everyone Else's.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I worked at Raytheon about 5 or 6 years ago and they paid way under scale.

was recently talking to them again but would cost me about a $7.00 an hour cut to go to work out there.

Can only speak for my field not everyone Else's.
I'm not intimately familiar with Raytheon by any means. Just shared what I saw on their own website...
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Old 12-08-2007, 07:06 PM
 
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The OP is correct; 10 an hour is all you will make in Tucson. It's doable, but go in with low expectations about employment.
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Old 12-08-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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The cost of living is a bit lower here, and from what I've seen the pay is hardly any different than many areas outside of the Boston/New York metro area. Knowing Spanish isn't necessary, but it does help.
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