Cambridge, MA, Career Outlook and Fastest Growing Careers

This article will provide an overview of the city of Cambridge, MA, the area's largest employers and the outlook for the fastest growing careers. Read on to learn more about the city's employment prospects.

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Cambridge Overview

Cambridge, MA, a suburb of Boston, is the county seat of Middlesex County. Its two internationally renowned universities, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped build Cambridge into a world-class intellectual and technological center. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in March 2018, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Metropolitan region had an unemployment rate of 3.1% with a civilian labor force of more than 1.6 million. Education and health services had the most employed persons, with 429,000. The average hourly wage for the Boston-Cambridge-Newtown NECTA region was reported to be $33.26 for all occupations, as of May 2017.

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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
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  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Largest Employers

Higher education, healthcare and biotechnology are major industries in Cambridge. According to the Community Development Department of the City of Cambridge, the following were the top 10 employers - based on the number of employees - in Cambridge in 2017:

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • City of Cambridge
  • Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Mt. Auburn Hospital
  • Biogen
  • Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Draper Laboratory

Fastest-Growing Jobs

According to Massachusetts' Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), these are the fastest growing occupations in the Metro North WDA, which includes Cambridge. The projections were made for the 2014-2024 period. Each of these professions is forecasted to experience at least 29.5% growth over that timespan.

  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Statisticians
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physical Therapists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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