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Connecticut Careers: Fastest Growing Connecticut (CT) Careers

A workforce that ranks 28th in the country by size, the state with the highest per capita income in the nation, #14 on list of Best States for Education in 2018 and proximity to New York City and Boston all make Connecticut a great place to work and live. Here are some of the hottest careers in Connecticut.

Connecticut Unemployment and Wage Statistics

In March 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate in Connecticut was 4.5%, which has remained fairly steady since November 2017 and is only somewhat higher than the national rate of 4.1% The BLS also states that the state's average hourly wage was $28.56 as of 2017, which is significantly higher than the national average of $24.34. Below, you can explore some of the careers that are on the rise in Connecticut.

Jobs in Technology

Computer-related job openings in Connecticut are not as numerous as those in some other areas. However, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor, several of the top 25 fastest growing occupations in the state between 2014-2024 are jobs in technology. The jobs below are all expected to see 19% growth or higher, with web developers projected to see more than 25% growth:

  • Web Developers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Software Developers, Systems Software
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

Jobs in Healthcare

As in many states across the U.S., healthcare jobs in Connecticut are expected to see the largest growth of any type of occupation over the next several years. Many occupations in nursing, therapy and healthcare will enjoy double-digit growth of 17% or more in Connecticut between 2014-2024. These include the following:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Aide
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Home Health Aide
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Massage Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Anethesiologist
  • Medical Assistant

The healthcare job with the greatest growth projected from 2014-2024 in Connecticut is physical therapist assistant, expected to see a 29% increase in job openings.

Top 10 Employers in Connecticut

A diverse list of companies and organizations make up the list of top employers in Connecticut, ranging from healthcare to education. According to 2018 statistics from CareerOneStop, these companies employ more Connecticut workers than any others:

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven)
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket)
  • Aetna (Hartford)
  • Yale University (New Haven)
  • Pratt & Whitney (E. Hartford)
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp (Stratford)
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat (Groton)
  • Hartford Hospital (Hartford)
  • Mohegan Sun (Uncasville)
  • Eversource Energy (Berlin)

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