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Best Niagara Falls Jobs in New York and Ontario

Updated on August 24, 2016
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Centuries of Beauty and Work at Niagara Falls

A hand-colored lithograph of Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge with the Falls in the background (1876).
A hand-colored lithograph of Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge with the Falls in the background (1876). | Source

Travel and Tourism Around The 3-in-1 Falls

In 2009, readers voted at for the 100 Greatest Places to Stand in America (for photos and travel attractions). Niagara Falls was voted at the Number Four Greatest Place!

Niagara Falls spans two countries and includes three water falls - American Falls, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. These three wonders are at least 12,000 years old, as old as the migration of the Native Americans that have lived there since they appeared in North America, especially the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederation.

Niagara Falls

Iroquois Country

The word Niagara itself comes from a a word among the Iroquois languages: Onguiaahra, translated into English as The Strait (reference: Six Nations Reserve, Ontario). Such historical interest and natural wonders make for a healthy Travel and Tourism business and attract many guests.

One element of tourist business around Niagara is the set of tours available by boat underneath the falls by the vessel Maid of the Mist, first launched in 1846 about the time that the American railroad systems began to operate.

Several Maids followed after the original, right up into modern times in the 21st Century. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, people I have interviewed related that they donned rubber suits to go behind the falls. Today, sightseers simply become misty-wet, from what I understand, but not drenched.

Mohawk Nation (Iroquois) Reservation in New York and Canada

A markerMohawk Reservation, New York -
St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, St Regis Mohawk, NY 13655, USA
get directions

New Zip Lines

With the expanding tourist movement in Niagara Falls, a new zip line ride was added to the attractions in 2016. Along the Canadian side, four parallel zip line devices travel at speeds of over 40 mph at least 2,200 feet.

Maid of the Mist Tour

Honeymoon Haven

Legend has it that the first honeymooners at Niagara Falls were Napoleon Bonaparte's brother and new bride. However, we have no written documentation of that event. (Romantic though, isn't it? ♥)

City of Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Niagara Falls is a set of two twin cities and together form a popular vacation spot in the northeast United States and Southeast Ontario Province, one visited by some 12,000,000 travelers each year. Many of these are honeymooners that celebrate their new marriages, but people from all over the world come to Niagara Falls just to see the three immense water falls and to experience the other attractions in the area.

Niagara Falls is located in the Western NY Labor Market Region of the state, which includes the county of Niagara, along with Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties. The city also is included in a smaller area known as the Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSA or metropolitan statistical area. This area includes only Erie and Niagara counties, for purposes such as projecting future high demand jobs within a particular decade (see below).

City of Niagara Falls, New York


Rameses II

Rameses I has been at the Niagra Falls exhibit [also spelled Ramses]
Rameses I has been at the Niagra Falls exhibit [also spelled Ramses] | Source
Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario | Source

Mummies and the Unbelievable

Niagara Falls on both sides of the American-Canadian border offers employment choices in all types of Travel and Tourism installations - restaurants, retail businesses, large hotels, resorts, guided tours, outdoor recreation and sports, and nameless others.

A variety of fascinating museums make up a large part of the Niagara tourist attractions.

An Egyptian Mummy was shown at Niagara Falls on the US side for many years. The background is that from 1850 - 1851, a man named Serrell constructed a suspension bridge over the falls gorge at Lewiston, using Egyptian-type pylon supports. A double-decker bridge followed, also in the style of Egypt. Then, in the 1850s, part of an Egyptian collection was purchased to begin the famous Niagara Falls Museum on Table Rock.

In 1861, 6 mummies arrived in Canada to be displayed at the Falls. In the 1980s, work began in order to attempt to confirm whether the bodies are actually ancient and Egyptian, or not. In the meantime, the display alternates locations between the Canadian and American falls for display purposes and many people enjoy viewing them. It might be fun to work in this museum.

The Guinness World of Records Niagara Falls Museum is another big attraction. Many people love record-breaking feats and stunts.

Daredevils of Niagara Falls- This museum exhibits the details of the people that went over the falls in a barrel, walked a tight-rope across the gorges, etc. -- I wonder if they include the stunt presented by the old Steve Allen Tonight Show in the early 1950s, where a very young Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme sat and sang on a tree branch far out over the falls?

Singing on a Tree Branch Over the Falls

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme | Source

Believe It or Not!

Ripleys Believe It or Not! Museum

This is perennial favorite for visitors that enjoy the strange, true, and interesting. I began reading the collection of books based on Ripley findings when I was a child and still enjoy them.

Be sure to visit Ripley's Niagara - their website is: The museum has its own "wax museum" displays like the Tussauds' and more, and a theater as well as many fascinating exhibits. Additional attractions are presented in the Clifton Hill area near the falls.

The Rock Legends Wax Museum is located at 5020 Centre Street, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N7.

Another wax museum is the Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum at 5751 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L6. And believe it or not, there are other wax museums around Niagara Falls as well!

The Niagara Aerospace Museum in New York is also very interesting. Once in Niagara Falls NY, it has moved nearby to Buffalo.

Many more museums and exhibits make the Niagara Falls area on both sides of the Canadian border an exiting, fun place to work and visit.

Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls in 1886

Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls in 1886
Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls in 1886 | Source

Queen Street, Downtown

A markerQueen Street, Niagara Falls -
Queen St, Niagara Falls, ON L2E, Canada
get directions

Maid of the Mist


High Demand Jobs Inside Niagara Falls City:

  1. Nurse and Physician specialists
  2. Full-Time Retail Sales Consultants
  3. Supply Technicians
  4. Net Developers
  5. Commission Sales Associates
  6. Customer Service Representatives
  7. "Athlete I" - Nike Shoe Store Sales
  8. Retail Sales Representatives
  9. Loss Prevention jobs
  10. Maintenance/Repair jobs
  11. Internal Audit Directors
  12. VP/Directors of Finance

Jobs in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Herer are the most-advertised Top Job Listings in and around the Niagara Falls area on the Canadian side of the falls in Ontario Province. This includes the communities of nearby St. Catherines, Ontario. Many are in the Travel and Tourism Industry:

  • Sales Associates ( Salespersons or Salespeople)
  • Hotel Jobs in a number of fields
  • Warehouse and Bottling at Winery in Grimsby
  • Cooks and Line Cooks
  • Technical Support Specialists
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Bartenders
  • Design Analysis Engineers
  • Photographers
  • Food and Beverage Servers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Live-in Caregivers
  • Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses (RNs and LPNs)
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Poultry Farm Workers

Top Jobs Openings at Niagra Falls, New York

Within 25 miles of Niagara Falls on the American side of the falls, frequently-listed job titles among some 6,000+ job vacancies include the following list. They are generally in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Amherst, and Williamsville, New York.

  1. Bank Tellers
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Retail Customer Support related jobs
  5. Physicians in a number of specialties
  6. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  7. University/College Faculty
  8. Cashiers
  9. Sales Managers
  10. Store Managers
  11. Retail and Wholesale Sales Representatives
  12. Bill/Account Collectors
  13. Sales Associates (Salespersons)
  14. Full Time Retail Sales Consultants
  15. Administrative Assistants

Most of these occupations have to do with Retail Sales and the Tourism Industry, although some Healthcare jobs are near the top of the list.

Even in January-February 2012, over 1,500 jobs appeared listed as vacancies.

Expected High Demand Jobs in Nigara Falls Area

For the decade of 2006 - 2016, the expected highest-demand jobs for ths area include:

  1. Cashiers
  2. Waitstaff - dining.
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Customer Service Representatives
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs) - associates degree or higher.
  6. Food Preparation Workers
  7. Janitors/Cleaners, not including housekeepers
  8. Manual Laborers and related occupations.
  9. Counter Attendants - food and beverage. 
  10. General Office Clerks
  11. Child Care Workers
  12. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  13. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  14. Combined Food Prep-and-Service
  15. Bill/Account Collectors
  16. General Secretaries
  17. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPNs and LVNs)
  18. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  19. Stock Clerks/Order Fillers
  20. Nursing Aides and related jobs

How to Relocate to Niagara

Relocation and Immigration - USA and Canada

Relocating to Canada

The schools on both sides of the Canadian Border are all within a radius of about only 5 miles. if you'd like to move to Canada for work or education, please visit this site: Citizenship and Immigration into Canada.

Relocating to the US for Work

If you would like to move to the American side of the falls to work or attend school, see: Applying for Work in the USA as an International Worker and obtaining a Green Card. US Passort Card: Information.

The view of Niagara Falls from the top deck of the Niagara Suspension Bridge in 1899.
The view of Niagara Falls from the top deck of the Niagara Suspension Bridge in 1899. | Source

Local Higher Education

Higher Education: Colleges, Universities, Career Academies

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, NY

  • Cheryl Fell’s Business School: 2541 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY‎ - (716) 297-2750‎
  • Niagara County Community College (SUNY) – Undergrad programs, Graduate School, Extension Centers, Small Business Development Center.
  • Niagara University – Certificates, degrees, graduate programs, nursing school, adult education, and more.

Niagara Falls, Canada


Sports Teams In Niagara Falls NY & ON

New York Side

  • Niagara Falls Sox - Class A Minor League Baseball
  • Niagara Power - New York Collegiate Baseball League, since 2007 [Niagara Falls is the Number One Producer of Electricity in the world]

Canadian Side

  • Niagara Falls Srbija -- Niagara Falls Soccer League
  • Niagara Falls Canucks -- Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
  • Niagara IceDogs -- Ontario Hockey League

Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls
Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls | Source

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      dohn121 - I knew some older folks that wore the rubber suits to travel beneath the falls - they had a magnificent time of it. I do think it's magical.

      one2get2no - I envy you your many trips to this spot!

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      Philip Cooper 8 years ago from Olney

      I have visited many times so enjoyed your hub.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Embarrassing as it may be, I lived most of my life all over the state of New York and have yet to visit Niagara Falls. That is the one corner of the state that I haven't visited! From what I know, it's as magical and mighty as your pictures describe it to be, Patty! Thank you for sharing this!

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      Attractive pictures, informative hub, work opportunity, simply wonderful Patty Inglish MS. thank u.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I was fortunate to find the artwork I wanted for this one! Itt's a wonderful place to visit, but working there would be fun. Thanks for commenting, creativeone59!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Loved your informative hub on niagara falls, and the beautiful lithograph. Keep those hubs coming. creative59