Boca Raton is a small city on the eastern coast of Florida and is a hidden gem for those looking for employment. The convenient part about its location is its proximity to West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, which are both excellent areas for job seekers as well. In the last census, Boca Raton was shown to have just 91,332 residents, but the amenities that come with living in Palm Beach County can't be overlooked.
By the numbers
Boca Raton is small compared to some of the better known cities of Florida, like Miami or Tampa, but is a great place for both families and single people looking to make the move and settle down in the Sunshine State. The city boasts attractions such as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, as well as a balmy average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Trip Advisor.
As mentioned before, despite the low number of residents, Boca Raton serves as a central home base for those looking for jobs. It's just a 20 minute drive to Delray Beach and around an hour to West Palm Beach. Florida Atlantic University has made Boca Raton its home as well, which provides an abundance of college life to the city.
"Boca Raton is a unique market in South Florida," says Aida Rodriguez, Division Director of Beacon Hill Staffing Group's Legal group located in Miami. "It is a city known for its affluent community and high income demographic. Given this, we have many law firms that cater to the diverse needs of the community, including those in the probate, real estate and corporate practice areas. The city also boasts a strong presence of corporations that call Boca home, including Office Depot and ADT. The combination of private and public sector companies make for a thriving legal community with increasing job opportunities. It's a great time to live and work in this beautiful South Florida city."
Current job market
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach area employs 684,600 as of October 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The territory's unemployment rate has been steadily dropping since 2011, when it rose to a high of 11 percent. In 2014, the unemployment rate at the start of the year was at 6.4 percent, while the latest report in 2015 from the BLS has it pegged down to 4.9 percent.
- The area's largest and best performing job sector is the professional and business service industry. As of October 2015, 108,800 were employed in this market, representing a 4.8 percent growth in employment in the past 12 months.
- Transportation, trade and utilities boasts a large segment of the population employed in the industry, as 108,800 found jobs in that area as well. In 2015, though, it has only seen 0.6 percent growth in the form of new jobs.
- Education and health services play a big role in providing employment to Palm Beach County, as 94,600 people have found occupations in those fields. In 2015, the industry has seen modest growth, which totaled 4.8 percent.
In addition to these growing job sectors, Boca Raton also enjoys a thriving tech scene. Per Kathryn Kohl, Division Director of Beacon Hill Staffing Group's Technologies Division in Fort Lauderdale – "There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for IT professionals here in Boca Raton and South Florida as a whole. Our clients are hiring and we are very excited about the growth our market is experiencing." Kohl also mentions that specific areas of high demand include Software Test Engineers, Project Managers, Business Intelligence Developers, and IT Infrastructure and Operations professionals.
The location of Boca Raton and the opportunities for employment the city provides just can't be beat when job seekers review their options.
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