From medical to hospitality, from call centers to manufacturing, from nanotechnology to aviation, there’s a career matching your skillset and interest.

Invent. Innovate. Inspire.

Opportunity awaits in Upstate New York, waiting to be seized by you. Exceed your dreams, execute your potential, and create the career path you’ve always imagined. Business, commerce, manufacturing, and economic development in all industries and career sectors in Upstate New York are literally thriving. Our area is experiencing a revitalization and transformation like never before, and you can feel it in the air. 

From an enterprise and economic standpoint, Upstate New York is undergoing an occupational and professional resurgence. Our residents and inhabitants- those both native to our area, and those who have relocated here- all have one thing in common: the desire and enthusiasm to take initiative.


There’s a job for everyone.

With modern industries, upgraded amenities, a new medical campus, large New York State investments, a renowned focus on our region’s downtown areas, innovative recreational spaces, and career openings in every job sector, there’s never been a better time to work with us Upstaters-the time to act on your dream is NOW!

From retail to hospitality, from call centers to manufacturing, from nanotechnology to aviation, there’s a career matching your skillset and interest.  Upstate New York has experienced growth in a multitude of industries, and our career options proudly reflect that.

Some of the industries Upstate, NY is known for:

The job market in Upstate New York is booming!

Upstate employers and recruiters are eager to find and hire the right person for their unique opportunities. Whether you prefer teamwork, apprenticeships, collaboration, remote projects, corporate infrastructure, freelance gigs, or the entrepreneurial lifestyle, you will find your dream job here!

Not only do we have jobs, those jobs come with a comfortable pace of life.

Chet DiBari

Hear how Chet and his family enjoy a more balanced lifestyle.

Looking for Career Resources?

Our local office of the New York State Department of Labor in Downtown Utica provides numerous, specialized resources- all free to the general public- to help residents find the perfect job. From resume workshops to career counseling, to mock interviews, to professional development, to job fairs, and more, the career specialists at the NYSDOL can help you find the perfect position. 


Have you experienced a lightbulb moment?

That instance where you had an AMAZING IDEA for a business? Yet, you have absolutely no idea how to start the process?

Well, lucky for you, we have the answer – come to Upstate New York! Even if your BIG dream is a small spark, a slight twinkling, or a freshly planted seed, we have an amazing support system available to you at any stage in development.

What started with selling Heather’s homemade baked goods from their front porch grew to a retail location in June 2021, thanks to support from the Gilbertsville community.

Check out our handy step-by-step process to make your small business dreams a reality:

Start a business in Upstate, NY in 5 steps

See how Wolfspeed brought the world’s largest Silicon Carbide fabrication facility right here to Upstate, NY!


Have an existing business and looking for a new home?

National brands, small businesses, start-ups, corporations, companies looking to expand, and entrepreneurs alike are flocking to our area to take advantage of the momentum of our passionate, tight-knit community and outpouring of local support and communal pride. It’s exciting to watch, and even more exciting to be a part of.

We are fortunate to have resources to help new businesses start up AND established resources to help existing companies expand and grow. Check out these amazing resources to help integrate your business into our community and raise awareness for your brand, products, and services!

Upstate Business Resources:

Our region has several fantastic chambers of commerce depending on where your business is located. Joining your area chamber is the best way to get your business introduced to our community. Our area chambers support businesses by providing resources to grow your business including networking, advertising, education, advocacy and more!

MV EDGEMohawk Valley Edge provides a coordinated economic development program that can assist your business to relocate, grow and prosper.

Innovare LogoInnovare’s mission is to build a magnetic ecosystem in which the world’s leading scientific and entrepreneurial talent tackle the country’s greatest challenges to national security and economic competitiveness.

Upstate Venture Connect LogoUVC is a network of experienced founders and partners created by entrepreneurs who believe Upstate NY communities can reclaim and surpass industrial era prosperity through a renewed focus on building fast growing emerging tech businesses. The network is led by UN50 Leaders who give first by helping the next generation of founders.

What’s It Like to Work Upstate?

Community Foundation Efforts Aid in Growth of a Diverse, Skilled Workforce

Workforce development is key to fostering opportunities to expand our community’s ever-evolving diverse workforce, from traditional pathways to innovative and emerging ways that promote economic growth. In collaboration with community partners, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is committed to developing a thriving labor force in growing industries through a continuing workforce development…

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