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Old 03-12-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: michigan
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Hi all. I am from Michigan, and the job market here is DEAD. I graduated last summer from Wayne State (the university here in Detroit) with a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems. I worked contract at Ford for 5 years as a CAD Designer. I got laid off from there a few years ago. That led me to get my Bachelors Degree. The automotive industry is dead; I don’t want any part of it anymore.

I’m thinking of moving to the Tampa area. I have family and friends there. What is the job market like there? I’m looking to get into something in the IT field or Logistics, because I did work at UPS before I was at Ford. I don’t have any real IT experience except for classroom experience. What are the chances for a person with my degree to find something there? I would appreciate your input. Thanks.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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People here love to complain about how this area is really bad in terms of jobs. I disagree. I constantly see reports about how jobs are growing here and I had no issues when I moved here. Maybe other people have. Tampa was recently ranked 7th hottest job market in the US by CNN Money.

7. TAMPA, FL

2-year job-growth forecast: 5.3%

Metropolitan-area population: 2.7 million

Who's hiring now: James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Raymond James, Verizon

Hottest jobs Senior software developer ($80,900), senior IT systems engineer ($75,500), IT project manager ($75,000), nurse practitioner ($70,200), construction project manager ($67,400)

Tampa has always been a magnet for big companies looking to set up operational headquarters on the cheap. Now its low business costs and steady supply of educated employees are bringing in smaller firms too. The percentage of people working in professional-services jobs here is nearly twice the national average, and that will drive much of the hiring through 2009. Verizon, financial-services heavyweight Raymond James, and a cluster of medical-device manufacturers like Medline are helping to expand the job pool. A dip in construction employment during the past year has pulled the overall growth rate back to earth, but it will be more than offset by the influx of new businesses. Tampa's growing port operations are also luring savvy importers: Ikea Tampa, a 353,000-square-foot supercenter with a 300-seat restaurant, will open in the summer of 2009, adding more than 1,000 jobs to the mix.

IT is mentioned in there twice for hot jobs. Hope this helps!
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Riverview, FL....for now.
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It may take you a few to find a job here-but there are a lot of jobs available and I think you would have no issue finding a job in the field that you specialize in!
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:27 PM
 
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Trabbz, it is really nice to hear from someone who is not only realistic, but also optimistic. I wish there were more people like you on these boards. How refreshing!!
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:07 PM
 
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CAD is a field that is often advertised in Tampa. IT jobs are out there, you may want to consider doing contract work to gain experience.

Good Luck
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:42 PM
 
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There are good jobs here, it's just that lots of talented folks want to move here, just like you do. So that makes competition for those good jobs very fierce.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: michigan
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I'm not too keen on CAD. I just want to get in somewhere in database administration, entry level because I have no working experience in that area. Maybe in a hospital to start. I'm taking care of my dad and he has to come with me, which is no problem with him. But I want to have something in place before I come down. My friend in Lakeland says there's a lot of stuff in IT. See what happens. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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