Maine Career Guide: Top Growing Career Opportunities in Maine (ME)

May 19, 2018

Maine boasts a large number of jobs that are expected to increase in the coming years. Occupations with the highest positive percentage of change in employment in the next ten years in Maine include those in healthcare, retail, and food services. Read on to learn more.

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Maine Unemployment and Salary Statistics

It's estimated that more than 1.3 million people live in the state of Maine, according to 2017 information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. The unemployment rate in Maine is well below the state average (2.7% vs. 4.1%) as reported in March 2018 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), so job opportunities are plentiful. Across all occupations, the average hourly wage for workers in Maine was $21.78 as of May 2017.

What Are the Careers in Maine with the Best Job Outlook?

As is the case in most states across the country, several healthcare occupations will see a healthy rise in employment opportunities in Maine, according to CareerOneStop, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The following is a list of the fastest-growing careers in Maine and the percentage of growth they are expected to see:

  • Nurse Practitioners (25%)
  • Physical Therapist Assistants (20%)
  • Cardiovascular Technologists/Technicians (19%)
  • Physician Assistants (19%)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (18%)
  • Physical Therapists (17%)

Other occupations expected to see major employment growth include:

  • Biomedical Engineers (56%)
  • Operations Research Analysts (25%)
  • Forensic Science Technicians (20%)
  • Interpreters and Translators (19%)
  • Morticians, Undertakers and Funeral Directors (19%)

Other Hot Maine Careers in the Medical and Healthcare Sector include:

  • Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

Employment for these occupations is expected to increase by between 19% and 15% from 2014-2024.

More Maine Careers with a Favorable Occupational Outlook

Retail and food preparation/service workers are expected to see the greatest increases in employment opportunities in Maine through 2024, according to information about the careers with most openings from CareerOneStop. Four of the five top occupations expected to have the most job openings from 2014-2024 are:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Food Preparation and Service Workers

Other occupations that are expected to have a boom in employment in Maine are:

  • Customer Service Representatives
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Counter Attendants
  • Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
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