Tampa is home to a relatively diverse and robust economy and newcomers to the Cigar City will find ample opportunities for professional growth.
With the Tampa Bay Area being home to three seaports, trade has historically had a huge part to play in the city’s economy. The Port of Tampa is one of the largest cargo ports in the US and is also a major cruise port. This sector, in particular, contributes USD 15 billion a year to the local economy by employing over 100,000 Tampa residents.
The job market in Tampa
Prospective residents with skills and experience in areas such as avionics, business and information systems, finance, manufacturing and tourism will find plenty of job opportunities in the Tampa. Salaries in the city are a little lower than the national averages so those looking for lucrative employment packages may struggle here.
Entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Tampa will find that government incentives from the state of Florida make this quite viable. The city is also home to a fairly educated workforce with over a quarter of Tampa’s population having a college degree.
Work culture in Tampa
Being a Sunshine State city, the pace of life in Tampa is quite laid-back compared to major US economic hubs such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. Those that hold senior positions within a major corporation may still be required to work long hours and be under pressure to reach certain targets but, on the whole, workplace success isn’t the sole focus of work culture in Tampa.
New arrivals will generally find that the work environment in Tampa is somewhat less competitive than elsewhere in the US. Many companies offer their staff wellness programmes and encourage employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Employers make a concrete effort to ensure people are happy at work as this also serves the company well in terms of employee loyalty and staff retention.
While it does depend on the individual company as well as the industry in question, flexible working hours and the option to work remotely are quite commonplace in Tampa.
►To learn more about money matters in the States read our Banking, Money and Taxes in the USA
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