Jobs in Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse is city located in the county of Onondaga in the US state of New York. With a population of around 145,000 it is the fifth most populated city in the state, and also serves as the county seat.

The city lies to north of New York itself, around 250 miles away.

Large Scale College Town  

The city was named one of the top ten places to raise a family in the US by Forbes magazine.

The city is broken up into 26 neighborhoods, each one reflecting the historical ethnic origin of the population. All maintain localized commercial districts, however large scale shopping is dominated by the huge Destiny USA mall.

The city maintains over 20 libraries and there is a strong performing arts and cultural scene here including two annual outdoor jazz festivals, a symphony orchestra, opera company and an annual Shakespeare festival just a taste of what is offered.

The city provides over 170 parks, fields and outdoor recreation areas, some 1,000 acres in total.

The city is also home to Oncenter, a downtown complex of convention and entertainment facilities including a 99,000 square foot convention center and a 6,000 seat multipurpose arena home to amongst other things, the local minor league ice hockey team.

Key Facts:

  • Median Age: 29.9
  • Median Household Income: $31,881
  • Median Property Value: $88,800
  • Cost of Living: 28% lower than state average, 13% lower than national average
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
  • Crime Rate: 40% higher than national average

Education Economy

Syracuse is mainly known as an educational hub for central New York, an area with around a million inhabitants.

It is home to Syracuse University, a major research center that has a student body some 22,000 strong – and over 1,500 academic staff. Le Moyne College, a Liberal Arts College, is also found in the city and has 3,500 students and around 400 academic staff on roster.

Finally, Upstate Medical University, a division of the State University of New York, is a medical school with a workforce (excluding students) of around 6.000 making it the single largest employer in town.

It should come as no surprise then that the education sector is a big employer in town, with around 15% of the 57,000 strong workforce working in this sector.

Large-scale industry has left town over the past few decades. Of the 11 biggest employers in the city, 8 are in education, service or health industries, with heath and social care being the largest industry, responsible for 20% of jobs.

Accommodation and food service, at 10% of jobs, reflect a college town with a lively nightlife and restaurant scene.

Manufacturing, at 6% is still buoyant and spread across many companies with small, specialized workforces rather than a single dominating industry.