The men and women of the military do their jobs under some of the most stressful circumstances possible. They are expected to set priorities and achieve important missions every day, regardless of how busy they are or how well they feel. With this comes additional responsibilities and stress, but they get trained to handle these elements constructively. No matter how busy or pressurized things can get in St. Petersburg/Clearwater workplace, you can always count on a veteran to hold it together.
Clearwater is a city in Florida's Tampa Bay area, which is well-known for its sunny weather and beautiful beaches. St. Petersburg, meanwhile, is located in Pinellas County, FL. As of 2020, it had over one quarter of a million residents and was considered the 5th most populous city in Florida. It’s also the second-largest city in Tampa Bay Area after Tampa. Together these two cities form a statistical area with a population of 2.8 million. Most of the region’s economic activity happens in the Gateway area, which connects St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park.
The median household income in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is $55,134. Health care, retail and professional services are the largest industries, employing around 222,000 people. The largest employers are Raymond James, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital and Publix Super Markets, with 12,500 employees between them.
Downtown St. Petersburg is home to great restaurants, bars and other local attractions, while Clearwater’s claim to fame includes the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, which dates back to the 1920s and hosts concerts and musicals. The Waterfront’s Coachman Park presents music festivals, and the Pinellas Trail is a greenway for cycling and hiking.
With unemployment in the area as low as 3.2%, according to Best Places, it’s clear there are jobs available at all levels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas. Possibilities range from senior management and director levels in education, healthcare and technology, to middle and junior management positions in retail and hospitality. The area also has a strong arts community, and that opens the door to multiple positions connect with lighting, sound engineering, stage management, carpentry and electrical experience.
Administrative work is in high demand in St. Petes, with office admin support, sales and management being listed as the most common positions held. As a tourist mecca, however, the hospitality industry is a great option for jobs for veterans with food service, inventory or accommodation management experience. With year-round mild weather a feature of the area, physical activities are also in high demand, so anyone with a sporting background is likely to find work in the numerous club and leisure environments in the region.
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