Long Island, NY, Job Outlook & Overview of Growing Careers

Jul 20, 2020


Long Island is situated east of Manhattan in the state of New York. While the island technically encompasses four counties (Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk), the majority of the land mass is made up of Nassau and Suffolk. The largest contiguous island in the country, it's roughly 118 miles long and 23 miles wide and covers roughly 1,723 square miles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at an estimated 7.84 million people in 2015, Long Island was the most populous island in any state or U.S. territory. Those employed on Long Island are paid an average hourly wage of $32.11 as of May 2019, which is 20% above the national average. In May 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 12.2% unemployment rate for Long Island, slightly lower than the 13.3% national rate.

Largest Employers

Those seeking employment in education, health care, or retail are among those who could be successful when living on Long Island. According to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) from information taken from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the following were largest private sector employers in Nassau and Suffolk counties in August 2016. The list is in alphabetical order only.

  • Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Hofstra University
  • Home Depot
  • King Kullen
  • Northwell Health, Inc.
  • Prestige Employee Administrators
  • ProHEALTH Care, Inc.
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets
  • Winthrop-University Hospital

Fastest-Growing Occupations

Whether you're just starting in the workforce or are considering a career change, it could be helpful to review which occupations can expect a lot of growth in the region. The NYSDOL reports that the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs on Long Island through 2024.

  • Home Health Aides
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, except EMTs
  • Audiologists
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Helpers of Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers and Stucco Masons
  • Helpers of Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Massage Therapists
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