Top Positions Available in NYC

The Big Apple is America's most exciting city, bustling with commerce, entertainment, and diversity; it's no wonder New York City draws several hundred thousand new residents each year. At eight percent, the city's unemployment rate is higher than the national average, but there are still plenty of jobs in New York's most in-demand industries. If you're thinking of relocating to the city that never sleeps, here are the most popular jobs in NYC.

Retail Sales

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New York is a shopper's paradise anchored by the flagship boutiques of the most exclusive designers in the world. From the haute couture of Madison Avenue to the trendy shops in SoHo, the city's retail outlets are always hiring top-notch sales associates and managers. If you have great people skills and enjoy the hustle and bustle of retail sales, you'll have no trouble finding a job in the city.

Financial Analyst

As one of the world's major financial centers, New York employs a huge number of financial analysts. Financial analysts are responsible for following the stock market, collecting data on corporations that may affect their stock value, making investment recommendations, and managing financial assets. Most financial analysts in New York work for banks and brokerages. The pay for financial analysts in New York is higher than other U.S. cities; expect to make $150,000-$200,000 or more. 


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New York's nightlife is legendary. From high-energy dance clubs to laid back comedy clubs, there are plenty of opportunities for a talented bartender. The opportunities are endless. Whether you prefer the intimate ambience of a lounge at a boutique hotel or the boisterous theatre crowd on Broadway's top restaurants, you'll find a bartending job that suits your talents. Bartenders in New York make higher than average salaries, and the tips are usually quite generous.

Art Director

Publishing is a huge business in New York, and art directors are always in high demand. An art director is responsible for the visual layout of photos and images in magazines. The art director sets the creative vision for each project and manages the team of photographers and editors who complete the projects. Some art directors work with advertising agencies, as well, another booming New York industry. The position has evolved to include designing a company's visual presence on mobile media. 

Flight Attendant

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With three major international airports, New York is a natural destination for flight attendants. About 1,300 planes land in the city's airports each day, and most of the world's airlines fly into New York. Flight attendants are responsible for the comfort and safety of their passengers and assist the pilots as needed. Flight attendants can command salaries in excess of $70,000-$90,000 per year, even more if they are bilingual. 

Registered Nurse

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New York is a healthcare destination for the world's elite; many of the nation's finest hospitals and research facilities are located in NYC. On the other side of the spectrum, New York has a very robust public health system, operating many community health initiatives. A registered nurse in New York has her choice of work environments, from the high-stress emergency departments of the city's busy urban hospitals to the swank offices of the city's best surgeons. Salaries vary wildly, but a well-qualified registered nurse can make six figures in New York.


It's only logical that a city like New York would need an abundance of lawyers. The city's banks and brokerages employ a phalanx of lawyers to advise and ensure regulatory compliance. The companies with headquarters in New York employ armies of corporate lawyers. There are also plenty of openings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the city where some of the most high-profile court cases are tried. A staff lawyer averages about $160,000 per year in New York, while partners with the exclusive boutique firms take home millions

Copywriters and Editors

If you're good with written language and have an eye for proofreading, you may find a good career in copywriting and editing in New York. Copywriters write the content for advertising campaigns; call it salesmanship in print. The major advertising agencies in New York are always on the lookout for talented writers and editors, although getting a foot in the door can be challenging. There is also a large freelance market for copywriters in New York, where pay is by project. The salary range for copywriters and editors is between $55,000 and $80,000 per year. 

Hospitality Manager

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New York is a tourist and convention destination for millions of people each year, and the city's hotels are bustling year-round. A hospitality manager coordinates the activities of all the departments in a hotel, such as housekeeping, front desk, and finance, to make sure the hotel is operating up to standards. Many hospitality managers get their start as an entry-level employee and work their way up, although some colleges and universities offer degree programs in Hospitality Management. Expect to earn between $125,000 and $175,000 per year. 

Talent Agent

A talent agent represents a performer, writer, model, artist, or sports professional in his or her business activities, working to get them the best contracts and offers, and protecting their financial interests. New York has a heavy concentration of professionals who need personal representation, and some of the most successful talent agencies are based in New York. Agents are paid a percentage of the contracts they negotiate for their clients, so it's almost impossible to predict an annual salary. Top agents, however, earn some very hefty paychecks.


New York's irresistible pull draws thousands every year hoping to make it big in the Big Apple. While the cost of living is high, traffic is intense, and crowds are everywhere, salaries a higher than average and the city's cultural vibe is unmatched. If New York is calling you, and you have skills and experience in high-demand industries, you'll have no trouble finding a rewarding job. 

Contributed to by Kim Evans

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