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

Jul 28, 2020


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 June 2020, the New York City region had an unemployment rate of 20.4 percent, much higher than the state average of 15.7 percent. As of April 2018, the NYSDOL reported that the average yearly rate of pay for NYC residents was $65,610.

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 CareerOneStop, the following were the top 10 largest private sector employers in the New York City Region as of June 2020. 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:

  • Gate Gourmet Inc
  • Laguardia Airport-Lga
  • M&T Bank
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cncr
  • Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
  • Nielsen Holdings Plc
  • Petrie Division
  • Stony Brook University
  • Sutherland Global Svc Inc
  • University of Rochester Lib

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 2018-2028:

  • Solar photovoltaic installers
  • Home health aides
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Personal care aides
  • Gaming and sports book writers and runners
  • Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
  • Software developers, applications
  • Gaming change persons and booth cashiers
  • Medical assistants
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