East vs West: Which U.S. coast is better for creative, media & tech jobs?

So I ve been looking for job opportunities in music/sound, video, and radio. Also thought about starting a website and hiring some people to help make it.

Which coast (maybe even a specific city or state, and maybe in the central part like the midwest) of the U.S. would provide a greater density of opportunities

So I ve been looking for job opportunities in music/sound, video, and radio. Also thought about starting a website and hiring some people to help make it.

Which coast (maybe even a specific city or state, and maybe in the central part like the midwest) of the U.S. would provide a greater density of opportunities in these fields? I live in central PA, and these opportunities (especially in music/sound and video) seem pretty scarce.

Maybe I m just not looking hard enough? I mean I know some people in the area who are interested and might have some good connections, but the opportunities don t seem that abundant. I recently visited Portland, OR and I met a lady who said the jobs over there like that were rare but that she said she had good connections as well.

Does it really matter? Are the opportunities not that much different on each side? I did some research but I don t know if it helped that much or not.

Best Answer:

Psyntst: Jobs in music/sound/video/radio are hard to come by everywhere because it is a popular field with lots of competition for employment. Most people get jobs by networking, interning and volunteering.

You are always going to be better off in a major city than out in the boonies but start somewhere where you can stay with family or friends for free. It is extremely hard to make a living in the music business even if you are incredibly talented and highly qualified.

Other answer:

Psyntst:
Get on the job boards & see where these jobs are. I'm guessing Los Angeles Calif, and NY City.

Oregon is nice, but any job out there is a good one. Much less those in your field. They have high unemployment. I looked for a computer job in Oregon for 2 years. I finally gave up, and moved to the East coast.

The hot jobs are in accounting, engineering & computers.

Invictus:
Most major tech companies are in the west coast (California) while entertainment outlets are often in the same area (Hollywood in particular) although production companies also abound in NYC (east).

There will always be jobs for either tech or media anywhere anyway, even in non-major metropolitan areas. It's just that, the popular cities abound with them.

Chuckles:
West coast.
Psyntst:
Thanks for the answers everyone! I'm considering moving to San Diego (been looking into it, along with other places, for about a year now), with a few other friends.
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