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Old 08-01-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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I am considering moving to NYC in a few years once I finish my Electrical Engineering degree. I am wondering what the engineering job market is in the city?

I know NYC is more known for its financial industry and other generically "Corporate" jobs. But are they many R&D positions in technology around? By the way, I wouldn't be looking for jobs in software design just to preempt responses telling me about the software jobs. I'm talking more like consumer electronics companies, military contractors, and other R&D labs where accredited engineers might work.

It seems like all the hard tech jobs are out in the suburbs now or in Boston or Bay Area. I feel like a lot of the kinds of jobs I'd be looking for would be in suburban office parks in NJ unfortunately. How would the commute be if I lived in Brooklyn or something?

Also, what kind of places would a Engineer and an RN couple(me and wife) be able to afford? Do people like us live in Manhattan? in BK? I feel like there aren't many tech geek types in NYC please correct me if I'm wrong. Are the 20s 30s crowd all creative professionals and financial workers? Where do normal upper middle class people with non-typical NYC professions live?
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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As far as military contractors, ITT Corp, BAE, Lockheed, and Northrop Grumman are all within an hour of NYC...NG being the furthest. Like you said they're all in the suburbs...ITT Corp and BAE in NJ and NG on Long Island. Lockheed has a few small satellite sites in both states.

There's plenty of places the two of you would be able to live. While there is a lot of people in the finance career in and around Manhattan, you have your share of engineers...just not nearly as many in the NYC area. Connecticut has a bunch of companies as well. IBM is in upstate NY but in the sticks really.

Commute from Brooklyn to NJ I'm pretty sure is not something you'd want to do via car or mass transit everyday.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the information just to clarify I'm only interested in living in Manhattan, BK or Queens. In Boston, there are quite a few engineering firms located within the urban center, but our economy is more geared towards that sector. So I was hoping to find out if there are jobs like that within the city or easily reachable by public transit.

Living just an afternoon's drive away from NYC unless I was living in the City proper I'd rather stay home in MA and visit a few times a year.

I'd like to find out before hand so I don't find out when I'm there that the sorts of jobs I'd be happy in simply don't exist in Manhattan. Cursory job searches on sites like monster show this to be mostly the case. However, I'm hoping that someone might be able to contradict that?
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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IBM is in Westchester, which is closer than CT, and which not everyone considers "the sticks." The reverse commute from Manhattan to the IBM R&D labs is actually quite reasonable and lots of people do it everyday.

There is a decent population of young "tech geeks" in NYC, but many still work in the finance industry.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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Did you try the websites of big engineering firms like URS, PB Americas, STV, HNTB? All major engineering firms with offices in Manhattan. Try checking ENR's website for more.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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All those seem to be construction and civil engineering firms that isn't the field I a in.
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