Albuquerque Job Outlook: Top Growing Career Opportunities

Overview of Albuquerque

According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, Albuquerque had a population of 545,852, which makes it the largest city in New Mexico. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that in March 2018, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a 4.7% unemployment rate, putting it slightly higher than the national unemployment rate of 4.1%. Those working in this city are paid an average hourly wage of $22.08; architecture and engineering workers make an average hourly salary of $44.67, which is much higher than the national average for these groups. Continue reading to learn about the largest employers and fastest-growing jobs in Albuquerque.

Largest Employers

Employment in a city like Albuquerque is diverse, covering such areas as healthcare, education, law enforcement, aviation and research. According to CareerOneStop, the following were the top ten largest employers in Albuquerque as of 2017. These employers are also all within the top 25 largest in the entire state of New Mexico.

  • University of New Mexico Board of Regents
  • Sandia Corp
  • University of New Mexico
  • Da Vita Medical Group
  • University of New Mexico Rheumotology Division
  • ESPN
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • Albuquerque International Sunport
  • Albuquerque Police Department
  • US Veterans Medical Center

Fastest-Growing Jobs

Service-related careers, particularly in the areas of healthcare and therapy, will lead the way for growing occupations in this New Mexico city. According to 2014-2024 data provided by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the following were projected to be the top 10 fastest growing occupation areas in the Albuquerque MSA:

  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Home Health Aides
  • Machine Feeders and Offbearers
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Preschool Teachers (except Special Education)
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