Looking for a job in Philadelphia? For people looking to start a small business or sole proprietors in Philadelphia, some jobs are more in demand than others. Photo technicians, party bus drivers and acting instructors, for example, are in hot demand, and there aren’t a lot of professionals to fill the need. On the other hand, there is a surplus of editors, graphic designers, video editors and flooring professionals looking for work on Thumbtack in Philadelphia.
Thumbtack has an unprecedented volume of data on the supply and demand for thousands of different services across hundreds of different markets in the United States. Using this data, we are able get a picture of what service markets are underserved and which are oversaturated.
In a recent study of the Philadelphia area, for example, we looked at the ratio of requests processed by Thumbtack to the number of available pros in a given market for the more than 15,000 Philadelphia service professionals registered on Thumbtack. The higher the ratio, the bigger the opportunity there is for a service professional to come into that market and make a living.
The most in-demand jobs relative to supply in Philadelphia were a surprising mix of highly skilled and less conventional occupations.
In addition to crunching our own data, we also took a look at the current Philadelphia market to uncover why these are the most in-demand occupations right now and where the opportunities are for would-be entrepreneurs.
Archiving, scanning, and repairing photos is a hot occupation right now, rising to the top of the list of most underserved categories across several cities we looked at. The average rate per job is $35.
Philadelphians like to party, and whether they are looking for a safe ride to and from Old City or the bars on South Street, party buses are a great alternative. Today there are more requests from party-going Philadelphians than there are drivers to pick them up. The average party bus job in Philadelphia costs $1450.
It is well known that bed bugs can be a problem in Philadelphia, so when the critters infest your house, it is important there is someone there to take care of them. The average bed bug extermination job runs around $450 in Philadelphia.
In the hot, humid summertime, Philadelphia has a wealth of public pools where residents can cool off. And as they splash around, Philadelphia residents are looking for someone to help them learn to swim – requests on Thumbtack grew nearly 6x last year and are showing signs of growing again. Swimming instructors command an average of $30 per session.
The Delaware Valley is full of horse farms, and Philadelphians looking to take advantage of the rolling hills and green pastures just outside the city are turning online to hire horseback riding instructors, who aren’t always there to meet them. Horseback riding instructors command an average of $40 per lesson.
Airbrushes allow you to spray any type of paint or dye onto any surface imaginable. From Trans-Ams to motorcycles to custom leather jackets, airbrushing images onto surfaces is an in-demand service in Philly, and not enough artists are coming online to find new clients for this growing field that is up 2x in the last year. The typical airbrush job in Philadelphia costs an average of $135.
7. Piano Tuner
Philadelphia’s most famous Founding Father was a well known musician and inventor, and residents today are attempting to continue that legacy by seeking out tuners to help their pianos sound as perfect as the first glass armonica did 200 years ago. A typical piano tuning job costs an average of $100.
Home remodelling is a popular category on Thumbtack, and many big jobs can’t begin without a survey being done of the land. As more Philadelphians look to add on or modify their homes, the demand for land surveyors isn’t keeping up with the supply. The average land surveying job costs about $480.
If you have the space for them, moon bounce rentals are a blast at any kid’s birthday party. In Philadelphia they are so popular that the demand for providers has more than doubled in the last year. A moon bounce rental typically costs $255.
Perhaps it’s the proximity to Broadway in Manhattan, but there are many aspiring actors in the Philadelphia region looking for acting instructors, and not nearly enough to fill demand. Acting instructors average $188 per session.
Occupations Where Supply Exceeds Demand
We also looked at the most competitive occupations relative to supply in the area and found that many business service providers like editors and video editors face stiff competition in Philadelphia – perhaps because most of these jobs can also be performed remotely. That means people with these skills in Philadelphia often have to compete with professionals from across the country. Philadelphia is also home to several prestigious art schools, which may explain why there are so many graphic designers and photographers actively looking for work.
The surprise on this list was a surplus of contractors that specialize in kitchen remodeling, which is one of the most popular home upgrades and one that almost always boosts a home’s resale value.