Jazz And Jobs In Kansas City, Missouri

Fountain near Country Club Plaza.
Fountain near Country Club Plaza. | Source

A Best City - Economy and People

Kansas City, Missouri has been rated as the Number One Best City in the US for Mid-Level Careerists and Mid-Career Professionals.

The US Federal Government reported that in the 4th Quarter of 2007, Missouri as a state enjoyed the 5th lowest cost of living in the country. The largest city in the state, Kansas City straddles four different counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte, attracting employees from all four.

In 2005, Kansas City population totaled nearly 500,000 and the Greater Kansas City Metro Area is home to 1.5 million -- approximately 60% white, 32 % Black, 2% Asian, 1/2% Native American, 5% Other. Hispanic of all races = 7%. Average household Income was approximately $42,000 and median home value over $125,000, with a lower cost of living than on other areas of the USA.

Job growth is high in several occupations and industries and the downtown section particularly has been revitalized and renovated.

Arts and culture comprise a consistent focus in the communities in KC and the Crossroads Community offers a Gallery Hop with free food and beverages once monthly. The Power and Light District provides high quality night life and entertainment and The Country Club Plaza is a 14-block area of shopping and dining.

The River Market Historic Area is a revitalized section located on the site of the old Santa Fe Trail gateway. The lands had been the province of three Native American Nations in particular: Kansa, Osage, and Wyandotte; but, as settlers arrived by wagon and by riverboat, a marketplace sprang up. Today, it is a center of residential, dining, entertainment, and shopping venues.

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Largest Employers

The largest employers in Kansas City, Missouri are engaged in healthcare, auto manufacturing, government, greeting cards and stationery, communications, and education.

  • US Federal Government - Health & Human Services
  • City Hall - Kansas City MO
  • Sprint Nextel
  • State of Missouri
  • Ford Motor Company - see link below about $400,000,000 investment.
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc. & Crayola, a subdivision
  • A T & T
  • Ambassador Cards
  • Children's Mercy Hospital
  • St. Lukes Hospital
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City

  • Amtrak's Missouri River Runner attracting more riders - Columbia Missourian: Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, which runs from St. Louis to Kansas City every day, is serving more passengers as people seek less expensive transportation options. Although more popular, the train still relies on subsidies from the state and federal.
  • State wins more than $200M for high-speed rail | Detroit Free Press | freep.com-- Rail passengers who have hoped for faster trips between Detroit and Chicago could get their wish in a couple of years as Michigan upgrades tracks and crossing signals and buys locomotives and railcars to boost speeds across the state.

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Top 10 Jobs in Kansas City

Top 10 High Demand Jobs Forecast for Kansas City, with Average Annual Wage

Registered Nurses (RNs), requiring less than a 4-year college degree, comprise the Number One high demand job in Kansas City. RNs will be needed at a rate of over 150% that needed in the Number Two job of Accountants/Auditors.

In addition to high demand for RNs, Travel Nursing is a most lucrative opportunity, at times even within one's hometown. This occupation is open to LPNs, RNs, and Allied Health Professions and offers a wide range of benefits, including payment of rent or mortgage for form 12 weeks up to one year.

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs) $52,000+
  2. Accountants & Auditors $52,600
  3. Computer Software Engineers, Applications $71,000+
  4. Carpenters $39,500
  5. General & Operations Managers $91,500
  6. Sales Reps - Wholesale & Mfg $51,000
  7. Business Operations Specialists $59,500+
  8. Computer Systems Analysts $68,000+
  9. Insurance Sales Agents $78,500+
  10. Police & Sheriff Patrol Officers $41,700+

Kansas City Jazz

Charlie "Bird" Parker's instrument at the Jazz Museum.
Charlie "Bird" Parker's instrument at the Jazz Museum.

Jazz History

Historic Gem Theater.
Historic Gem Theater.
Tuskeegee Airmen, form a large exhibit at the Black Archives on Vine.
Tuskeegee Airmen, form a large exhibit at the Black Archives on Vine.

18th and Vine Jazz District

The Black Archives of Mid-America at 2033 Vine Street is a tribute to African American excellence in and around Kansas City, especially in the rich district of jazz and the arts at 18th and Vine.

The area around 18th & Vine in downtown Kansas City was the site of the development of Jazz music, especially from the 1930s - 1950s. Charlie "Bird" Parker learned to play saxophone here and became famous. His instrument is in the nearby American Jazz Museum, along with exhibits commemorating other jazz legends like Count Basie and others that performed in New Orleans as well as Kansas City and St. Louis.

Another interesting place here is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It is a tribute to the players of the Negro League Baseball Players Association. These leagues were successful until 1847, when Jackie Robinson signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers, a formerly all white team.

The Gem Theater Cultural and Performing Arts Center is nearly 100 years old and still used for the performing arts, including drama, dance, and multimedia.

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US History - Santa Fe Trail

In 1857, the Santa Fe Trail began in the East in Kansas City MO. Today the site of the old stagecoach station is the yard of Santa Fe Bible Church.

Because horses needed water along the Santa Fe Trail, Kansas City provided such water and became known as the City of Fountains in the late 1800s. In 1900, Kansas City leaders built drinking fountains for people as well all around the city's downtown area. Through the 20th century, additional large public water fountains were built and dedicated as memorials to important individuals and groups. Only Rome, Italy now has more city fountains than does Kansas City anywhere in the world.

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30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City MO 64108
30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City MO 64108
30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City MO 64108

Education & Training Financial Aid Available in Missouri

MISSOURI STATE FUNDS

  • MISSOURI COLLEGE GUARANTEE - A need-based program for Missouri residents; award based on University of Missouri fees.
  • CHARLES GALLAGHER STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - For Missouri residentsonly, up to $1,500.
  • MISSOURI TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Must be Missouri resident. One-time scholarship of $2,000 for students who choose teaching careers only.
  • MISSOURI HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - $2,000 award for top 3 percent of Missouri students on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), by highest scores.
  • MARGUERITE ROSS BARNETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - For employed students.
  • MISSOURI SAVINGS FOR TUITION (MO$T) - State- and Federal tax-deferred college savings program. Anyone can contribute on the behalf of a student at $8,000 annual maximum, lifetime maximum of $235,000.
  • NATIVE AMERICAN - Native American Scholarships for Healthcare and Policy Studies in the State of Missouri.


Education and Training in Kansas City

  • Avila University

11901 Wornall Road; Kansas City, MO 64145
(816) 501-3603 or (800) GO-AVILA

  • Cleveland Chiropractic College

6401 Rockhill Road; Kansas City, MO 64131
(800) 467-2252 or (816) 501-0100

  • Kansas City Art Institute

4415 Warwick Boulevard; Kansas City, MO 64111-1820
(816) 472-4852 or (800) 522-5224

  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

1750 Independence Boulevard; Kansas City, MO 64106-1453
(816) 283-2000 or (800) 234-4847

1100 Rockhurst Road; Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 501-4000 or (800) 842-6776

THEOLOGICAL:

  • Calvary Bible College School

15800 Calvary Road; Kansas City, MO 64147

  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

5001 N. Oak Trafficway; Kansas City, MO 64118

  • Technical & Vocational Training - State sponsored, 1 semester up to 4 years.
  • Apprenticeship Programs - Training and employment for a variety of trades.

Kansas City Sports

Greater Kansas City Area Pro Sports

According to the Newspaper Archives in the Kansas City MO library, the earliest Professional Sports Team in Kansas City, Missouri was the Kansas City Antelopes of 1860 - in Civil War times! Wild Bill Hickok attended their baseball games nearly every Saturday and even umpired once - He wore both his six-shooters as he did so and was paid in two white horses.

Elmwood Cemetery staff in Kansas City, Kansas feel that this happened in Kansas -- a group of men entered the bar where the lawman Bill was and he asked if they were a oisse. They said, "No, baseball!" Hickcok as a lawman in Kansas, Missouir and elsewhere, so either may be the true story.

This basball team was followed by other Kansas City ball clubs, inciuding the Unions, the Maroons, the Cowboys, and dozens of others. This included the well-known Negro Leagues. Football began in 1924 witih the Blues.

Basketball began with the 1946 Black Professional Basketball League team called the Stars.

Hockey? - 1926 - the Pla-Mores and a succession of other teams that ended in 2005 when the Outlaws went out of business.

Soccer began in 1968 with the Spurs. Rugby came on the scene a buit earlier with the Blues for men in 1966 and in 1993, the Jazz for women players.

Australian Football has been active since 1999 with the Kansas City Power Aussie Rules Football Club.

Sports Now and Then

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Kansas City Roller Warriors From team member Bruz-Her on MySpace.
Kansas City Roller Warriors
Kansas City Roller Warriors
From team member Bruz-Her on MySpace.
From team member Bruz-Her on MySpace.

Sports Opportunities

Baseball

Football

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Storm-Independent Women's Football Association.
  • Shockers- Semi-Pro, North American Football League
  • Brigade - Arena League Football

Pro Rugby

League Rugby

Soccer

Roller Derby

  • Roller Warriors Teams since 2004: Black-Eye Susans, Dreadnought Dorothys, The Knockouts, and the Victory Vixens
  • Women's Roller Derby League

Curling - Kansas City Curling Club, since 1987

Native Service

Honor Guard
Honor Guard
National Native American Veterans Association
National Native American Veterans Association

Kansas City Native Amercan Project for Troops Overseas

In a long-term ongoing project, the Native American communities of Kansas City MO have partnered with those of Oklahoma to communicate with Native troops stationed overseas during peace and wartime.

PROJECT MOCCASINS FOR NATIVE TROOPS

In a centuries-old old tradition, as a Native Warrior rode away from his family and village to enter a battle, he wore newly made moccasins. These fresh moccasins were endowed with the responsibility to guide his feet safely, either home or into the next life. The National Native Veterans Association of Oklahoma has organized this project and will preserve it for as long as Native Troops are ever stationed outside of North America.

Moccasins for the project are handmade well but inexpensive by artisan volunteers, packaged in red flannel, and sent to Native Troops with the goals of providing at least one pair of moccasins to each person.

Information is available or you can request moccasins be sent to a serviceman or -woman at National Native American Veterans Association, Email : National Office. If you know Canadian First Nations military overseas,, email the NNAVA and ask if they can include them. Donations are accepted.

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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

Thanks for providing lot of chances to get a job..


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courtsantos 8 years ago from Seatlle, WA

As always good writing and interesting article about jobs.


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

Patty--very interesting article.  I'm from outside of KC, lived in the area all my life and you mentioned things I didn't even know were here!  The real scoop on the economic atmosphere here--lay-offs, threatened lay-offs and businesses closing all over the place.  Only things that seem to be thriving are banks, hospitals and insurance companies.  You listed Sprint but they are probably the top company here laying off people.  Of course, they probably had to to make sure they had enough money to pay the severence package for their CEO when he left.

Again, nice Hub!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for visiting my Hub, Trsmd, courtsantos, and RUTHIE17. For those looking for work in KCMO --

http://www.Job-Hunt.org right now 4/27 lists 15, 828 jobs open in Kansas City, many of them healthcare related.

Several pages are listed at Craigslist: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/jjj/ and short term gigs are at http://kansascity.craigslist.org/ggg/

That's pretty bad when a company must lay people off in order to pay a CEO a severance package. There is certainly a lot of busines in the health and medical fields and financial services, as you say. In fact USA will need approx. another 1,000,000 Nurses before the decade ending in 2010 is out.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Here's Sprint jobs in Kansas City as of Sunday 4/27 on http://www.indeed.com -Within a 25 mile radius of the city itself, over 11,000 jobs and 800+ are at $40,000 and higher salaries.

I've linked an RSS Feed for folks looking for Sprint jobs. Thanks for the infromation Ruthie17!


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

Your welcome, Patty. The bad thing about the job situation in this area is, like you said, there's plenty of positions listed in the healthcare industry and sales positons in many areas but regular "blue-collar" work is hard to come by right now. Hope is gets better soon, but I really doubt it will happen.

Just got home from our daughter's birthday dinner.  Shhhh--(looking over shoulders both ways) don't tell anyone but she turned 40 today.  Lucky her, she looks about 30 and acts like a perky, happy 18 year old!  Good Lord, where does the time go? 

Anyway--asked everyone at dinner what was the biggest city in Missouri and out of 10 people, 9 said St. Louis.  LOL--nothing like knowing the facts about the place where you live!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

That's exactly true - I could not find much in the way of blue collar jobs; however, there is a trend toward green industries and the blue collar job is to be replaced by "green collar", so we will see what happens. I'll read more about that so I cna list some specific links for retraining in that direction. Let me know if you see anything - also about upcoming layoffs - and we'll keep this thread going.

Happy birthday to your daughter - and to YOU for having such a wonderful one - she gets her vitality from you, no doubt!

Thanks so much for visiting; you bring an energy that I like to see.

Cheers!

Patty


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Nan 6 years ago

Patty, What are your qualifications? Are you in the Human Resources field? You are excellent in your hubs,keep up the good work. I am passing the article on to friends.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Nan: I worked in Workforce Development and taught related classes for over a decade and continue to do resumes and employment portfolios.


Lake Ozark Vacation Rentals 6 years ago

Great hub about Kansas City. Only a few short hours from KC is Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake has many great attractions. From water parks to go karts, miniature golf, shopping, boating and much more!


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kazeemjames01 6 years ago

Great hub. Cheers


Blair Stover 5 years ago

Kansas city is a great place to live, you can take my word for it! -Blair Stover


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jblais1122@aol 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Absolutely awesome hub. I'm going to share this with my KC peeps.

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