Relocating for work is sort of the ultimate catch-22. You don’t want to move without a new job, but you can’t get a job in a new location until you’re actually living there. Your best bet for snagging Vegas jobs, then, is to either save up a lot of money and take the plunge or breeze into town for a week of pre-established, hardcore-job interviewing, and be ready to pack up your life within a week to move if hired.

There are some industries that one would naturally assume are booming, such as hospitality/leisure, construction and service, to name a few. This is true, but even bartender and waitress jobs require a lot of skill and a little bit of patience.

In Las Vegas news, The Nevada Economy in Brief states that Las Vegas Nevada lost 0.4% of its jobs last year, due to the economic downturn that affected all American cities. The housing bust has hurt the Vegas construction market temporarily, leaving 95,000 construction workers jobless. Construction suffered an 8.2% loss, although Las Vegas jobs are still higher for the industry than in other states.

Information jobs declined by 2.6%, financial activities decreased 2.4%, business services dropped 4.3% and leisure/hospitality jobs showed a 0.5% loss because of rising fuel costs. Although, experts suggest that this Las Vegas downturn is only temporary, since the city experienced explosive growth throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.

According to “Monster”, there are more than 1,854 Las Vegas USA job offerings, including Package Handler (UPS), Hospitality Team Manager (Einstein Brothers Bagel), Service Associates (Wal-mart), Physician’s Assistant/Pharmacist/Physician (US Airforce), SCA Aircraft Mechanic (Computer Sciences Corp), Occupational Therapist (Life Care Centers of America), Manager of Game Development (Volt Services), Media Consultant (Yellowbook), Mobile Pet Stylist (PET Co), Food Service Director (SAGE Dining), 3-D Graphic Designer (HireSource Solutions), Account Executive (CBS Radio) and Middle School Teachers (Nobel Learning). For many workers in industries like health care, engineering or retail, the world is their oyster and there is no better location than Las Vegas Nevada, where world-class restaurants and the best in entertainment meets pleasant weather and picturesque natural surroundings.

According to the 2007-2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Las Vegas jobs in the Leisure and Hospitality industry currently include: 271,819 positions (25% total employment), offered by 4,920 employers, with average weekly wages of $619. Trade, Transportation and Utilities include 160,379 jobs (17% total employment), offered by 9,970 employers, with average weekly salaries of $658 per week.

Professional and Business Services include: 113,109 positions (12% total employment), offered by 10,651 employers, with weekly average salaries of $925. Construction jobs in Las Vegas Nevada are offering 102,199 positions (11%), from 4,389 employers, with average salaries of $1,017 per week. Lastly, Manufacturing occupations include 26,714 jobs (3%), from 1,186 companies, with average salaries of $854 per week.

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Published by Michelle Hernandez