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  • Hey there!  

    Tampa has a vibrant IT scene and lots of opportunities that may be of interest to you.  I've been told that Tampa is the fifth largest IT market in the US.  Please post in the Spice Corps of Tampa Bay forum, where we often share job leads in our area.

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  • Thanks Katie.

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  • I really like that area too,   Tampa / St. Pete / Clearwater is nice.  I have done a lot of IT work / consulting in that area. 

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  • Yup.  I am also looking forward to the fishing,  If my company wants me at their Tampa location or not we're moving there.  I am hopeful to land a job there before I move though.  Fingers crossed!  I am currently in Raleigh, NC. so am management my expectations of the job market in Tampa.

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  • I'm about 45min south of Tampa (in the Sarasota Area) and the market in this area is promising. I'm happy at my current job and company, but if I weren't, there would be plenty of opportunities to start pursuing. 

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  • Florida is full.  Really.  No more room.  Visit - spend your money - go home.

    HOWEVER, if you decide to ignore that advice, the left coast is the place to be.  Really.

    The right coast is full.  Really.

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  • All of the above. Loads of opportunities.

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  • Bill Proesch wrote:

     the left coast is the place to be.  Really.

    The right coast is full.  Really.

    The Left Coast is the Best Coast!  :-)
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  • Well jeez I'd be interested in the opportunities you speak of.

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  • I think good opportunities are there if you have a degree and specialized skills like programming and database architecture, project management, high level network security design and engineering or regulatory compliance (SOX, FIPS, PCI),  etc. If it's just general IT skill sets it may be harder. Florida also tends to have a lower pay rate average compared farther North. I've heard a lot of people moving down here, lured by what they think are cheap house prices and no state or municipal income taxes, then come to find out their comparable job pays 20-40% less (depending on where they came from), with higher property taxes, flood insurance rates, and a very underdeveloped highway system and practically non-existent public transportation system.

    You're trading one thing for another. Just make sure you do your research thoroughly, and let us know if there are any particular questions you have,

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  • Katie M. wrote:

    Bill Proesch wrote:

     the left coast is the place to be.  Really.

    The right coast is full.  Really.

    The Left Coast is the Best Coast!  :-)

    That's what I said....Really.
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  • Based on my experience with job hunting in SWFL & st.pete/tampa if you have some kind of security clearance you are golden. But if you don't it's not gonna be easy. I'm working now but have been looking, cant find anything but level 1 help desk jobs. 

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  • My wife and I really have our hearts set on living on the gulf side of Florida.  The current company I work for has an office in TPA.  I am not sure that they have an opening for me though so relocation within the company is probably not an option as of right now.  I have had some offers for contract work down there.  Either way, I plan on moving to the area after I save up some more money.

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  • Since you don't believe Florida is full, don't overlook this resource.  Over 30 years ago, it was called the Job Service of Florida. 

    It has another name now, but my wife got the job that allowed us to stay in Florida running a Tandy Xenix computer system for $4 an hour. 

    https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspxOpens a new window

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  • Well since your heart is set on Florida. I offer these words of caution: Look past the beaches, theme parks & and mild (short) winters what are you left with? An economy that is not diverse, snow birds/traffic and brutally hot weather.

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  • And did he mention it get's hot?

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  • I'm from Raleigh.  It's probably way hotter here during the summer!

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  • Temperature wise, maybe. What hits people the hardest is the humidity, which has a broiling effect. But sometimes hot is just hot.

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  • Moved to Tampa Bay group. Best of luck with the move. 

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  • If that is what your dream is then go for it, and I wish you the best of luck. Just make sure you calculate as much of the equation as you can. My Florida experience has not been good maybe your experience will be.

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