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What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« on: December 20, 2018, 06:32:12 PM »

I'm not asking any member here specifically what they do for a living, that is really none of my business, but I am curious as to what is available, in general, for employment in your neck of the woods.

Here in my area (Kalamazoo, Michigan) there is a mix of factory work, work in the pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer, Zoetis), medical supply (Stryker), big box retail, restaurant, and breweries.  For white collar work, there are three universities in town, plus banking and financial services, plus work for the city and county.  There is a good cross section of employment opportunities.  Some of the smaller towns in the area have different factory and store jobs.  My hometown of Allegan has Perrigo. 

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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2018, 06:44:45 PM »

Oklahoma City is primarily based around "energy" (read: oil). As you would expect for a state capital, there's also a decent amount of state government employees here. There's Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City. OKC is headquarters of Sonic (the restaurant, not the hedgehog), Love's, and Hobby Lobby. Paycom, a payroll firm, is also HQ'd here (I expect nobody's heard of it, since it's not a consumer-facing brand, but it's quite large). There's also a decent amount of employment in casino gaming (there are four major casinos within easy driving distance of OKC, each employing roughly 1,000 people).
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2018, 06:54:13 PM »

Jacksonville is known for being a regional business center, as it is the largest city in Florida and the largest-sized city in the lower 48 states. Winn-Dixie is headquartered on the Southside, for example. There are also various military installations both former and current scattered around the area (Mayport NAS, JAX NAS, Fort Caroline, etc).
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 06:58:46 PM »

In Seattle, some of your neighbors are likely to work for one of the big tech firms (Amazon, Microsoft, etc), or in aerospace (Boeing and its subcontractors). Further out, you can also run into plenty of military/DOD types, thanks to the surrounding bases.

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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 07:13:06 PM »

Little bit of everything.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2018, 08:43:12 PM »

I am curious as to what is available, in general, for employment in your neck of the woods.

Pretty much nothing.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2018, 10:26:19 PM »

Solano County, A mix of Bay Area and Sacramento Commuters plus people who work at Travis Air Force Base.

In the Sacramento Area people in general work for the West Coast Branches of Superpacs, State Government agencies and Lobbying outlets given that its the State Capital of California.

San Francisco of Course known for the financial and VC's operations. San Jose Tech Industry of Course. Davis and Berkeley known for being college towns.


Napa Wine processing and tourism in Norcal.

South San Francisco and Vacaville known for the Biotech industry.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2018, 10:44:14 PM »

Walmart and fast food
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2018, 11:20:56 PM »

Used to be either construction or at corporate for Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, or J.B. Hunt, and there's still plenty of all of those, but everything around here has grown to the point that it's pretty much everything under the sun anymore.  This place is just booming anymore, so the sky is the limit.  2.7% unemployment means that about 10-12 families move into the area pretty much daily and have a decent choice in work since there aren't enough workers with health or motivation to fill the positions otherwise.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2018, 11:24:41 PM »

A lot of tech companies around where I live.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2018, 11:52:17 PM »

Around Fresno they farm, Iím still not exactly sure what they do in it...

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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2018, 01:39:00 AM »

Eglin AFB with 35,000 military & civilian employees is undoubtedly the largest employer in Okaloosa County, FL. It is so cool to hear the fighter jets scream overhead daily! There is a huge number of retired personnel here also. If you're in the area you should visit the AF Armament Museum, it's free & there are 24 aircraft on display outside where you can get right up & personal with fighter jets, helos & much much more.

There is a huge amount of people employed by the hospitality field, ie motel, restaurant, tourist services. We have a hectic spring/summer season then the snowbirds come in for a smaller quieter autumn/winter season.
Our beaches are sugar white with beautiful emerald colored water.


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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2018, 06:46:02 AM »

Walmart and fast food

Pretty much the same here, too. I remember when Coca-Cola closed their distribution center here about a year ago, our previous mayor, John Gilstrap, basically told the newly unemployed to do what a lot of other Danville residents do and commute to North Carolina where the jobs are. Thereís about to be a lot more commuters now that Petco and Dickís Sporting Goods have announced theyíre closing next month, which came out of left field.

He wasnít wrong, but you know your city is a dumpster fire when the mayor is telling people to go elsewhere for jobs.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2018, 12:38:18 PM »

Farming.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2018, 12:42:41 PM »

Farming.

You mean it's not "commute to somewhere else"?  :-D
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2018, 01:35:10 PM »

Wichita is known for aircraft manufacturing.  It's a safe bet that anyone in town knows at least one engineer.

When I first moved here, people suggested I look for a job at Cessna or Boeing or wherever.  But it's a really up-and-down industry, so I certainly would have lost my job at some point due to layoffs.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2018, 01:53:41 PM »

Government.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2018, 02:42:12 PM »

Higher education with three colleges in town, Georgia Military College, Georgia College and State University and Central Georgia Technical College.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2018, 02:43:18 PM »

Farming.

You mean it's not "commute to somewhere else"?  :-D

Well, that's a given.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2018, 06:22:31 PM »

Duluth/Superior: hospitality, and especially increasing in Duluthís case the healthcare industry. There are still machine and plant workers, but thatís been in steady decline for decades.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2018, 04:45:49 AM »

Military, Weyerhaeuser/International Paper, Moen, Bosch (dishwasher parts), yacht building, medical field, the usual hodgepodge of retail/food/fuel, and of course, farming.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2018, 03:32:34 PM »

My wife grew up in Branson, and her family lives there.  For Branson, it's hospitality.  A bunch of people making low wages bringing you food or cleaning your room.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2018, 12:35:05 AM »

In Charleston, SC: Medical care (two large hospitals in downtown Charleston, Roper and the Medical University of South Carolina), Boeing, Volvo, the local Air Force Base + Naval Weapons Station.

Boeing alone has over 7,000 employees. Joint Base Charleston (AFB + Naval Weapons Station + SPAWAR) is 22,000 employees. MUSC is 13,000, Roper St. Francis 5,500, Trident (another hospital) 2,500.
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2018, 12:43:03 AM »

If they want to afford to stay, code -- or manage coders!
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Re: What do people do for a living in your part of the world?
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2018, 07:46:50 AM »

Coding seems like the sort of thing that could easily be outsourced.
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