Study ranks Florida as one of the least affordable states to live in the U.S.

Florida
CITY OF TAMPA_1555608147331.jpg.jpg

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Americans work more hours than the average country, according to a new study by Joblist.com. That study also found that for many, the long hours aren’t paying off, especially in Florida.

“One of the biggest industries is our tourism industry,” said Maria Goodwin, the Director of Workforce Services at CareerSource Gulf Coast. “Historically, those are industries that pay below your average wage.”

Also, she says high demand to live in the Sunshine State makes the cost of living in Florida especially high; the survey ranks Florida as one of the least affordable states to live in in the US.

If your current job isn’t paying the bills, you have a couple options; move to a better-paying state, or think about changing careers. Learning a high-paying trade, like aircraft mechanics, is more attainable than you may think.

“Some of our programs are only six months long,” said Alexandra Murphy, the Chief Community Relations Officer at Haney Technical Center. She says learning a trade is a small investment with a big return; programs at Haney Technical Center range from six months to two years, and they all cost less than ten thousand dollars to complete.

Murphy says that often times, skilled trade workers earn more than college graduates fresh out of school, and accumulate less student debt.

“There are not a lot of limits for wage earnings for people with trades because it’s supply and demand,” said Murphy. “Our economy needs skilled trade workers.”

Trades like A&P mechanics makeover the living wage in Florida, simply because they’re needed, and they’re not alone.

“People are always going to have a need for HVAC people, auto mechanics, plumbers, welders,” said Murphy.

To learn more about the programs offered at Haney Technical Center, click here.

If you’re wondering if you have what it takes to make the switch, Goodwin says, don’t be afraid.

“They’re high demand, they’re high-paying and so those are great opportunities to go to school for a short amount of time but really have a good way to increase your earnings,” she said. “We’ve helped several people get on a different career path.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

125-pound giraffe born at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne

Thumbnail for the video titled "125-pound giraffe born at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne"

'You Are Not Alone': Separated by coronavirus, Tampa Bay students come together through song

Thumbnail for the video titled "'You Are Not Alone': Separated by coronavirus, Tampa Bay students come together through song"

Tampa Bay celebrates World Autism Awareness Day with something good

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay celebrates World Autism Awareness Day with something good"

Coronavirus in Florida: Stay-at-home order, cases surge, nurses protest

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coronavirus in Florida: Stay-at-home order, cases surge, nurses protest"

Nurses union protests shortage of protective gear at HCA hospitals

Thumbnail for the video titled "Nurses union protests shortage of protective gear at HCA hospitals"

Stopping the Spread: Hills. Co. opens 2 quarantine hotels

Thumbnail for the video titled "Stopping the Spread: Hills. Co. opens 2 quarantine hotels"

Thursday Morning Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Thursday Morning Forecast"

Tampa Mayor Castor on places of worship order

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Mayor Castor on places of worship order"

Sheriff seeking arrest warrant against local pastor

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sheriff seeking arrest warrant against local pastor"

residents concerned about covid patient

Thumbnail for the video titled "residents concerned about covid patient"

Nurses union protesting lack of protective gear at HCA hospitals

Thumbnail for the video titled "Nurses union protesting lack of protective gear at HCA hospitals"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss