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Question #91507 posted on 07/29/2018 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are Provo and the surrounding areas typical of the job market in America? I've tried for so long here to find good jobs around here that pay anything decent for a college graduate, and I'm never qualified. I've dreamed for a long time that it'll be different when I can leave Provo, but I'm starting to think I'm just underqualified. Is it better or worse outside of Provo?

-My Name Here


Dear My Name Here,

Provo and the surrounding areas aren't typical of the job market in America. Why is that? Well, there are 2 very large universities in the Provo/Orem area. This means that there are a large amount of college graduates competing for jobs. This makes things a lot more competitive and can make it harder to find jobs and drive wages down. Not only are there a lot of college graduates, but there are a lot of college graduates from both UVU and BYU that are looking for jobs close by, and are willing to stay in Utah rather than go out of state. This also makes things easier for employers and more competitive for those seeking employement.

It's hard for me to tell you what the job scene will be like in your specific field, but I'd recommend looking for and applying to jobs outside the area. Compare what wages are for similar job postings, and compare the amount of postings and you should be able to get a better snapshot of what things are like in your field. Hope this helps!