New York City (NYC) Careers: Here's What You Should Know

New York City is a popular place to live and work. If you are thinking about a career in The Big Apple, you might want to read through this article. You'll get information on the city's economy, its largest employers and the fastest-growing careers in the state of New York.


If you would like to live and work in the New York City area, you are in good company! According to the NYC Planning department, about 1 in every 38 U.S. residents lives in NYC. New York City also boasts more than twice the population of the second largest city, Los Angeles. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) notes that, as of April 2018, the New York City region had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, slightly below the state average of 4.6 percent. As of April 2018, the NYSDOL reported that the average hourly rate of pay for NYC residents was $36.21.

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Largest Employers

With a large population comes a large need for medical services, travel, higher education, and banking, as evidenced by the New York City area's list of the largest employers. According to the NYSDOL, the following were the top 10 largest private sector employers in the New York City Region as of August 2016. The New York City Region includes Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York and Richmond counties. The listing is in alphabetical order, not according to the number of employees:

  • American Airlines
  • Columbia University
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Nielsen Company
  • Northwell Health, Inc.
  • Verizon

Fastest-Growing Jobs

If you are interested in the gaming and casino industry, New York may be a great place for you to start a career. The NYSDOL reports that the following are projected to be the top 10 fastest-growing occupations in the state of New York between 2014-2024:

  • Gaming Cage Workers
  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Statisticians
  • Gaming Managers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
  • Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Web Developers
  • Interpreters and Translators

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