New Hampshire Overview
What do unemployment rates and wages look like in the Granite State? Well, as of April 2018, the state had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 2.6% (the national rate was 3.9% at that same time). The average hourly wage for those working in NH as of May 2017 was $24.54, which was 20 cents higher than the national average. All in all, you could do a lot worse than choosing to live and work in New Hampshire!
What Are The Fastest Growing Jobs in New Hampshire?
As in many states, healthcare occupations lead the list of the fastest growing careers in New Hampshire. Besides statisticians (who will see a 43% increase), personal financial advisors (nearly 37%) and operations research analysts (32%), the top jobs expected to see substantial growth through 2024 in New Hampshire, according to the state's Economic + Labor Market Information Bureau (ELMI), include:
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Home Health Aides
- Physical Therapist Aides
- Occupational Therapy Aides
- Physical Therapists
- Physician Assistants
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
Other Good Career Possibilities
If you're not interested in healthcare, there are other options in fields ranging from information technology to emergency medicine to forensic science. The following are also expected to be in the top 25 fastest-growing careers in New Hampshire from 2014-2024, per the ELMI:
- Web Developers
- Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, except EMTs
- Interpreters and Translators
- Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
- Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
- Forensic Science Technicians
What Are Occupations with Declining Employment?
Some occupations will not be as lucky as those in healthcare. The ELMI also provides details about the fastest declining occupations, and the following jobs are expected to decline by the indicated percentages between 2014 and 2024:
- Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles -45.5%
- Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service -31.5%
- Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators -31.3%
- Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers -30.8%
- Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators -29.7%
- Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers -28.3%
- Foundry Mold and Coremakers -25.3%
- Postal Service Mail Carriers -23.7%
- Postmasters and Mail Superintendents -23.5%
- Postal Service Clerks -23.5%
Where Can I Look for Employment?
New Hampshire has a website dedicated to finding employment and relocating (www.nhes.nh.gov). The online career guide has a Career Resources tab that will assist you in your job search. The career guide also provides you with occupational and industry profiles and apprenticeship information.