Philadelphia Career Outlook & Overview of Fastest Growing Careers

Are you looking for or curious about a fast-growing career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? This article answers questions you may have about what career to choose. Check out facts about Philadelphia, its largest employers and occupation projections for the hottest careers in the city.

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Overview

Philadelphia, the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is one of the oldest cities in the United States. In addition, it is an important economic center. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had an unemployment rate of 4.4% in March 2018. The unemployment rate for Philadelphia City/County was 5.8% with a civilian labor force of nearly 697,000 workers. As of May 2017, the average hourly wage for the Philadelphia, PA, Metro Division was $26.69 for all occupations.

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  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
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  • Psychology
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Largest Employers

For the 3rd quarter of 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (PDLI) found the following to be the top 10 largest employers in Philadelphia County. Five out of the top ten are hospitals and learning institutions.

  • Trustees of the University of PA
  • City of Philadelphia
  • Federal Government
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Southeastern PA Transportation Authority
  • American Airlines Inc
  • Drexel University

Fastest-Growing Occupations

Based on information from the U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop website, the following are projected to be the fastest-growing careers in the state of Pennsylvania as a whole for the 2014-2024 decade. These careers have been forecasted to experience 26% - 35% growth, and most are found in the healthcare field:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapists
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