What Are the Growing Career Opportunities in New Jersey?

New Jersey offers many different opportunities to the job seeker. With a labor force of over 4.5 million in 2013, New Jersey ranks 11th in the nation. Read on to learn more about the fastest growing careers in New Jersey.

Where Can I Look for Employment

On the NJ.com website, which is affiliated with 12 New Jersey newspapers, you can sign up for job alerts so that you will be notified of the type of jobs you are looking for. You can also post your resume so that employers can find you as well.

What Are The Growth Industries?

Private sector jobs are expected to continue their growth in coming years. Positions in health services, such as home health aide and diagnostic medical sonographer, are expected to be among the most rapid in growth. Other high-growth jobs from 2012-2022 include mechanical insulation worker, industrial-organization psychologist, brickmason helper and electrician helper, per America's Career InfoNet (www.careerinfonet.org).

What Are The Declining Industries?

On the down swing are occupations such as postal service employees, agricultural engineers, reporters and correspondents, data entry keyers and telephone operators. The jobs that are being created are lower paying jobs unlike the white-collar jobs of management. Much of the decline of these industries is blamed on recession, mergers and industries moving out of state.

Overall State Outlook

New Jersey is below average in economic growth, and is listed as almost last regarding state gross domestic product and absolute domestic migration, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council (www.alec.org). Its unemployment rate was 8.2% in 2013, according to America's Career InfoNet. On the plus side, the 2012 median household income in New Jersey was $66,700, ranking it third in the nation. It ranked 4th in per capita income in the same year with $55,000.

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