New Mexico Career Outlook & Overview of Fastest Growing Careers

The career outlook for the state of New Mexico is positive. Read on to learn about the different employment opportunities you can find, the fastest growing careers in New Mexico, and how you can apply for a job.

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What Are The Growth Industries in New Mexico?

According to CareerInfoNet (, 5 of the top 10 occupations projected to increase the most from 2012-2022 in New Mexico are in the area of health care. These occupations are:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides

Other Fast-Growing Jobs in New Mexico

CareerInfoNet lists the following as among the top 25 fastest-growing jobs in New Mexico. All of them are projected to increase between 27% (for mechanical insulation workers) and 51% (for personal care aides) by 2022.

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Meeting, Convention and Event Planners
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Statisticians
  • Postsecondary Education Administrators
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Concierges
  • Mechanical Insulation Workers

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

What Are The Declining Industries in New Mexico?

For a variety of reasons that might include the advancement and increased use of technology in various industries, some jobs are in the process of decline nationwide. New Mexico is no exception to this phenomenon. The following are among the jobs in New Mexico that CareerInfoNet expects to decline at least 20% by 2022:

  • Fallers (Lumberjacks)
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Motion Picture Projectionists
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  • Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors and Processing Machine Operators

Potential Earning Capacity

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in order, the top 5 fastest-growing jobs in New Mexico had the following mean annual salaries as of 2014:

  • Personal Care Aides - $19,060
  • Home Health Aides - $21,930
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants - $56,480
  • Interpreters and Translators - $42,380
  • Meeting, Convention and Event Planners - $45,160

Where Can I Look for Employment?

The Department of Workforce Solutions in New Mexico ( provides a website that is invaluable when it comes to job hunting. It shows you how to use the Internet to broaden your search and offers resources, publications and strategies related to effectively pursuing and securing employment.

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