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Top 10 Hot Jobs in Utica-Rome, New York

Updated on May 16, 2016
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F.W. Woolworth

Vintage photo of the "Busy Corner" of town during the only year that Woolworth's was open in Utica.
Vintage photo of the "Busy Corner" of town during the only year that Woolworth's was open in Utica.

A Renaissance City

Utica and Rome are the anchor cities of the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area in New York State. Together, they comprise an area recognized in 2007-8 by Money Magazine as one of the Best 25 Small Cities for Jobs and Business in America.

This metro areas covers Oneida and Herkimer counties and is located in the Mohawk Valley of Central New York. In fact, the Mohawk Nation is one of the Indigenous nations of the area, despite the fact that most have migrated across the state line to the Canadian side of the reservation that lies on the northern border. The Mohawk was one of the nations making up the Iroquois Confederation, which was the first democratically ruled people in the New World, long before Europeans and Norsemen explored the grounds of North America.

Settled by Europeans by the early 1770s and founded with a military fort, Fort Schuyler, Utica was abandoned after The French and Indian War and destroyed in the American Revolution by the British and local Native Americans. It was fortunately rebuilt as a new manufacturing and retail trade center that grew after the Revolution through the years of the Civil War, but F.W. Woolworth opened its first store in Utica in 1878 and kept it for only one year.

Iroquois Confederacy of Nations

Mohawk Friendship Song

As additional ethnic groups, including the Welsh, migrated into Utica and Rome, Textiles and the Tool & Die Industry prospered for some time. These industries moved south to be replaced by such companies as General Electric and its radios and appliances, Lockheed/Lockheed Martin, and other production businesses.

Economic decline in the 20th century was attacked with Urban Renewal development and the Empire Zone plans, all of which created new jobs and propelled Uitca-Rome onto the list of 25 Best Small Cities.

Utica was awarded an economic development Empire Zone, similar to that of Newburgh NY, in order to to offer new and expanding businesses such benefits: utility/phone discounts, wage tax credits, sales tax exemptions, business tax credits, and others. Utica has gone on to construct business, industrial, and high-tech parks to create new jobs.

The Department of Urban and Economic Development guide qualified citizens and business leaders to take advantage of Empire Zone benefits, including low financing rates. The metro area is now a historic landmark hub where preservation is putting people to work, as well as a center for the arts.

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Utica Delicacies

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Half moon cookieTomato Pie - Served hot or at room temperature. usually rectangular.
Half moon cookie
Half moon cookie | Source
Tomato Pie - Served hot or at room temperature. usually rectangular.
Tomato Pie - Served hot or at room temperature. usually rectangular. | Source

Local Invention: The Union Suit

Odd Inventions

Utica is the home to a number of odd inventions.

One of these inventions is the Utica Crib, a coffin-like box with a grate on top that was used for confining mental health patients in days gone by throughout the 19th century. At the New York State Lunatic Asylum in Utica (later, the Utica State Psychiatric Hospital), when patients did not stay in bed, they were enclosed in (perhaps even locked into) these covered crib-cages where they could not escape. The Utica Crib looks a little like the Iron Maiden torture device.

The Union Suit is a warm suit of full-body underwear, originally red but in multi colors today. It is often worn by farmers, hunters, ice fishermen, truck drivers, and others during long winters in New York and New England. The seat of the garment contains a convenient flap door secured by buttons.

It may not have been invented in Utica, but Tomato Pie is a favorite in the Utica area, served in squares like Sicilian pizza and often served cold.

The Half Moon Cookie is a cake-like cookie with chocolate and vanilla frosting by halves. Local residents state that the Black and White Cookie is harder and more cookie-like.

Jelly Buns are commemorated in February with Jelly Bun Month. These buns are donuts covered heavily in powdered sugar, but with huge jelly centers. They are not just the ordinary jelly donut.

Utica Skyline

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Largest Area Employers

  1. Turning Stone Atunyote Golf Course - Oneida Native Americans of New York. At the end of November 2008, The Oneida Indian Nation gave out over $4.7 million in bonuses to 4,600 workers. These bonuses ($1.1 million more than in 2007) was given to all eligible salaried and hourly employees in the Oneida Nation’s governmental and business operations. The Oneida are the largest single employer in Oneida and Madison Counties of New York.
  2. A-1 Security
  3. CONMED Corp. - Mfg: disposable medical devices
  4. Rome Memorial Hospital - Healthcare

Top 10 Jobs in Utica-Rome

  1. Medical and Physician Assistants (PAs)
  2. Dietetic Technicians
  3. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  4. Motor Vehicle Operators
  5. Financial Specialists
  6. Mechanical Drafters
  7. Instructional Coordinators
  8. Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers
  9. Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
  10. Special Education Teachers - Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School

Mainstream Teachers are also needed in area Elementary, Middle and High School classrooms; along with Retail Salespersons and Retail Supervisors. in all the retail establishments that are growing economically.

HOSPITALS that hire the Healthcare and Mental Health professionals listed above:

Higher Education

  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton College
  • Herkimer County Community College
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
  • St. Elizabeth's College of Nursing
  • SUNY Institute of Technology
  • Utica College
  • Utica School of Commerce

Sports and Recreaton

  • Utica Yard Dogs - Semi-pro football
  • Utica Klubs Rugby  - USA Rugby Division 3
  • CNY Roller Derby League - Utica
  • The Utica Clubbers - Women's roller-derby

Utica Music Fest 2008

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      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very interesting. Thank you!