Workers have had to adapt as the Rochester jobs market has changed substantially during the first two decades of the 21st century. The most significant change has been a sharp reduction in the number of Eastman Kodak Company positions, leaving the University of Rochester and the regional health system as two of the top employers. Wegmans Food Markets also employs a large workforce in Rochester, with all three combined totaling around 60,000 workers - equivalent to Kodaks peak before its decline.
Xerox Corporation with document systems, Harris Corporation with defense technologies, and Frontier Communications Corp., which provides communications services, are three leading technology companies in Rochester, employing approximately 6,000, 3500, and 2,000 respectively. Eastman Kodak is now a consumer, professional and healthcare imaging company employing 1,750 workers in Rochester.
Service companies include 5,000 workers at Rochester General Hospital, 4,100 at payroll and HR provider Paychex, and Sunderland Global Services with around 3,000 workers in its business process services company. Tops Markets and Wegmans operate food market businesses from Rochester, with 2,600 and 13,600 employees.
Rochester's traditions of technological innovation, optical excellence, and scientific instrument development continue on in many Rochester area companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific Bausch & Lomb, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, and Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Services.
In addition to area hospitals and healthcare systems, assisted living and home care services hire many thousands of workers in Rochester.Community College employs 1,600 people and also offers nursing degrees for those who wish to create careers in the medical field. Workers with certifications have ample opportunities in care facilities or as home visit care providers, helping area seniors to stay active and healthy on their own terms.
From the University of Rochester including its Medical, Dental, and Nursing schools, to smaller institutions such as Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester is not only populated with technology and science-related employers but plenty of ways to further the education of local students and workers. This future-oriented city just south of Lake Ontario has the resources to ensure that Rochesters economy, the second-largest in New York State after New York City, continues to thrive and diversify as change comes.
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