While the bulk of the state's economy and labor market centers around New York City, there are also New York jobs for foreigners and locals alike to be found in Albany, Rochester, and other cities upstate. With the country's third largest economy (and 11th largest in the world), there are opportunities for employment across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Some of New York's largest employers are government agencies, including the City of New York, the New York Board of Education and the MTA, providing a good outlook for those hoping to work in the public sector. However, those looking for a job in the private sector can find an array of industries to work in as well.
The state's largest private employer is J.P. Morgan Chase, with nearly 250,000 employees, followed closely by Citigroup, with 219,000. The Big Four accounting firms, along with dozens of others, employ thousands of people in the NYC area, including finance professionals and support staff.
Wall Street is not the only place with abundant opportunities for employment, however. Companies like Pfizer, Carl Icahn Industries, and PepsiCo have their headquarters in NYC and are major employers. Those wishing to work in healthcare should look at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital system, which has over 20,000 employees. Also growing is the technology sector, including software companies and IT firms where developers, coders, and designers can find employment. Digital media is a rapidly growing industry, with employment opportunities at companies like Bloomberg, VICE, and Tronc for writers, photographers, editors, and other media-related careers.
For jobs in healthcare or state government, Albany is an excellent choice. Ranked #39 in U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live, it holds a job market score of 7/10. Also on the list at #48 is Syracuse, home to Syracuse University, the Upstate University Health System, and St. Joseph's Hospital Health System, which are all major employers in the area. Both of these cities offer numerous opportunities for those who have recently arrived and natives, alike.
With an expanding economy and a March 2018 unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, the lowest since 2007, job seekers should have little trouble finding a job that suits their qualifications and interests.