Massachusetts (MA) Careers that Are Growing: An Overview

Essential Information

With a long and rich state history, Massachusetts was one of the original thirteen colonies. Lowell, Massachusetts, was known as an important economic center that helped to initiate the Industrial Revolution with its textile mills. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (MEOLWD), among the state's top 10 fastest-growing occupations for the 2014-2024 decade will be home health aides, statisticians and interpreters and translators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average hourly rate in Massachusetts as of May 2017 was $29.86 and the unemployment rate was 3.5% as of April 2018.

Home Health Aide Statisticians Interpreters and Translators
Required Education No formal educational credential Master's degree Bachelor's degree
Projected Job Growth-Massachusetts (2014-2024)* 37.53% 34.70% 31.81%
Mean Salary-Massachusetts (2017)** $30,740 $99,550 $53,530

Sources: *Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Other Fast-Growing Occupations in Massachusetts

The MEOLWD also projects the following as among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in Massachusetts over the period from 2014-2024. Each of these careers has been projected to experience at least 25% growth over the ten-year period.

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Farm and Home Management Advisors
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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