Overview of Careers in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has excellent career opportunities to offer anyone looking for a job or thinking of moving to the state. With a labor force of almost 3.7 million in 2017, Massachusetts ranked 14th in the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the state had an average hourly wage of $29.86 for all occupations in May 2017. The BLS also reported an unemployment rate of 3.5% in Massachusetts as of April 2018.
Fastest Growing Careers
The U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop website reported the following to be the fastest-growing careers in the state of Massachusetts between 2014-2024, with many found in the field of healthcare. These jobs have been projected to experience anywhere from 26% - 38% growth during the ten-year period.
- Home Health Aides
- Interpreters and Translators
- Nurse Practitioners
- Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
- Operations Research Analysts
- Physical Therapist Aides
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Genetic Counselors
- Computer and Information Research Scientists
Careers with the Most Openings
The following careers will have the most openings in Massachusetts between 2014-2024, per CareerOneStop. These professions can expect anywhere from 1,410 (for general office clerks) to 4,460 (for retail salespersons) annual job openings during that period. Half of the jobs on this list don't require any formal education, while the other half require at least a high school diploma/GED or a bachelor's degree.
- Retail Salespersons
- Registered Nurses
- Waiters and Waitresses
- Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
- Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
- General and Operations Managers
- Customer Service Representatives
- Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
- General Office Clerks