Pay and jobs in Vermont

  1. I have heard from many people that it is impossible for anyone to live in Vermont if you aren't wealthy. I find it hard to believe there are no jobs in VT. BTW, I lived there for 2 years as a child. I was doing a search on nursing jobs in VT and I found some that paid $20/hr or more. Not agency work either. Is that right? I am exploring all of my options after nursing school because I am desperate to escape :angryfire I mean Phoenix. So how are the jobs there? The pay and the houses? I have only a few requirements from a location. One of the most important is that I have a very good chance of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing snow. Two is that the leaves turn bright colors in the fall. And that my kids have good schools nearby, can be private. And I don't like big cities, which I don't think Vermont has many, if any, of.

    Any one?
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  3. by   vermonster
    Well...your post brings up an interesting debate here in Vermont. I am a Vermont resident but leaving in August to go to Binghamton University for an accelerated program. Housing and and taxes in Vermont certainly are costly. Southern Vermont in particular has a lot of second homes and people who may have moved in from other states with considerable means-this has definitely caused contention in lots of areas with those people who were born here and have lived in Vermont all of their lives.

    I am in an interesting situation as I grew up on a farm in Northern Vermont-lived in England, California, Arizona and Massachusetts for 13 years and then moved back, so I can see the situation through lots of lenses. Althought the property taxes are high-I can also tell you the schools are good-much better than in Arizona and California-for the most part you will go low class sizes and you will know your child's teacher.

    Fletcher Allen in Burlington starts new grads at 20.87 without differential-my local community hospital starts at 18.57ish-it is located in Saint Albans-about 28 miles north of Burlington.

    I will say this that even though I am leaving for a year, I will be back-eventually, I would like to have kids and this is where I would like them to grow up.

    Feel free to PM with any questions.

    Vermonster
  4. by   RNPATL
    Quote from ayndim
    I have heard from many people that it is impossible for anyone to live in Vermont if you aren't wealthy. I find it hard to believe there are no jobs in VT. BTW, I lived there for 2 years as a child. I was doing a search on nursing jobs in VT and I found some that paid $20/hr or more. Not agency work either. Is that right? I am exploring all of my options after nursing school because I am desperate to escape :angryfire I mean Phoenix. So how are the jobs there? The pay and the houses? I have only a few requirements from a location. One of the most important is that I have a very good chance of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing snow. Two is that the leaves turn bright colors in the fall. And that my kids have good schools nearby, can be private. And I don't like big cities, which I don't think Vermont has many, if any, of.

    Any one?
    Why not consider the mountains of North Carolina. The weather is much like you want .... we get snow in the winter and have beautiful leaves in the fall. A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway would certainly convince you if you visited in the fall. Also, the schools here are some of the best in the country. Property costs are pretty reasonable still, unless you decide to move to a more visitor friendly part of the mountains (not naming any names). It is worth exploring and the wages for RN's are decent. Good luck.
  5. by   filnurse_7
    hi!i'm a nurse here in the philippines and is interested to apply in the vermont BON since I hear that they dont require a CG certificate and that they process applications quite fast..anyways, i would like to know the working conditions there like (do they need filipino nurses there?(silly question i know).. i mean are filipino nurses welcome there?....
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Quote from RNPATL
    Why not consider the mountains of North Carolina. The weather is much like you want .... we get snow in the winter and have beautiful leaves in the fall. A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway would certainly convince you if you visited in the fall. Also, the schools here are some of the best in the country. Property costs are pretty reasonable still, unless you decide to move to a more visitor friendly part of the mountains (not naming any names). It is worth exploring and the wages for RN's are decent. Good luck.
    I am interested in this kind of weather too. Which cities in North Carolina would give me snow? Thanks
  7. by   dnw826
    Quote from RNPATL
    Why not consider the mountains of North Carolina. The weather is much like you want .... we get snow in the winter and have beautiful leaves in the fall. A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway would certainly convince you if you visited in the fall. Also, the schools here are some of the best in the country. Property costs are pretty reasonable still, unless you decide to move to a more visitor friendly part of the mountains (not naming any names). It is worth exploring and the wages for RN's are decent. Good luck.
    I would veto this one. I am in NC and I hate it. Lots of people love it, but the snow is rare, the cost of living even in small towns is absolutely outrageous, and honestly, 99% of the schools suck. I have heard some good things about a couple of towns, but they are few and far between, and I would DEFINITELYcheck them out first hand for a week in the summer first before you decide.
  8. by   maledi
    I'll have to tell you that Vremont is definately affordable to live in. I grew up in St.Albans and lived there until 3 years ago when I moved here to MA. Moving to MA was a huge shock because of the cost of living. It is outrageous here. In fact, I was born in the small hospital that the lady above speaks of. It's very cozy and I would work there in a heart beat if I lived in Vermont. The pay is less but the fall leaves are beautiful and so is the snow. Be prepared to freeze your buns off though!
  9. by   momof3invt
    Hello from vt! I wanted to reply and let you know that I personally love VT. I grew up in WV , moved here with my husband, and don't want to leave.:spin:
    I just took my NCLEX today, and (God willing I pass) will have a job at the local hospital here making close to 22$/hr. The cost of living may be a little more here, but, the jobs pay better than some other states. My family in WV struggle even though their cost of living is much less because the jobs pay much less. I believe it all balances out. Good luck with whatever you decide.
    Sarah
  10. by   lovesnursing52
    Vermont is a great place to live and work. The mountains are beautiful and each season is special. I work in central Vermont and our hospital is very supportive of continuing education...we have decent benefits and the pay is competitive. There are all kinds of incentives - like short notice pay, unscheduled shift pay, differentials for eves, nights, weekends and holidays. Per diems get an extra 15%.
    Housing is available, you just have to look around and be patient.
    I love it here.
    Hope this helps.
  11. by   Blackcat99
    Vermont sounds wonderful. However, I have heard that Vermont is not pet friendly and that it is almost impossible to find any apartments that allow pets? Is this true? Thanks.:spin:
  12. by   lovesnursing52
    When I first moved to VT, I was able to find an apartment that allowed my pets. It was a home that was converted into apartments.
    I have my own home, now, and I have 2 dogs and 3 cats.
    Almost everyone has a dog.
    You just have to look around. There are so many little towns, you can find a home (or farm) to rent.
    Good Luck.:spin:
  13. by   dlehoe
    As far as apartments and pets go, not many landlords want to deal with pets anywhere or else landlfors demand a hefty deposit. My gues is too many landlords were burned from messes that pets would make from pervious tenants. There are places that will accept pets, but it just makes a big difference on what type of pet. Would you mind if I ask what type of pet you have?
    Take care,
    Deb
  14. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks lovesnursing52 and dlehoe.:spin: I have 2 senior indoor only cats. I heard that Denver was named the most pet friendly city in the USA. I will probably go to Denver in the future. My pets are "family" so I would have to find a place where my pets would be welcomed.

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