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Springfield, Massachusetts Economy and Career Guide

If you are a Springfield, Massachusetts, resident or you are looking to relocate there, this article will benefit you. Here, you'll find brief facts about Springfield, MA, and occupation projections to base your career choice on.

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Facts about Springfield, MA

Springfield, Massachusetts, is the third largest city in Massachusetts in regards to population and is the county seat of Hampden County. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018, Springfield has an unemployment rate of 4.0%, almost exactly matching the national rate of 3.9%. In May 2017, the BLS showed that the average hourly wage for those working in the Springfield, MA-CT region was $24.48, also closely matched to the national average ($24.34).

Largest Employers

According to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, some of the largest employers in Springfield, MA, are as follows (in no particular order). Banks, healthcare systems and higher education institutions appear on this list multiple times:

  • Baystate Health System Incorporated
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  • Bank of America
  • Mercy Medical Center and Sisters of Providence Health System
  • Big Y Foods, Inc.
  • Northeast Utilities
  • Republican
  • Springfield College
  • Western New England College
  • Solutia, Inc.

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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

Occupation Projections

Jobs in healthcare, education and industrial machinery are among the top jobs projected to see the largest growth in the Springfield area. The following list of occupations represent the top ten fastest-growing occupations in the Hampden County area as far as percentage change over the 2014-2024 period, according to the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Department. These occupations will all see 11% growth or more over the decade:

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Home Health Aides
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists
  • Machinists
  • Restaurant Cooks

Other occupations expected to see strong positive growth in Springfield include the follow, which will see growth ranging from 7.9% to 10.7%:

  • Postsecondary Education Administrators
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Teacher Assistants
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