Attractions, Employers and Jobs in Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire by William James Glackens (1870 - 1938).
Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire by William James Glackens (1870 - 1938). | Source

A City on Many Top 10 Lists

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is among the Top 30 Cities for Jobs in America, even during a recession. This metropolitan area stands at Number 28 on this list for several reasons. One is the proactive advgancement of the local economy by the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Another is the The redevelopment of Pease Air Force Base that has created new jobs.

Intent on actively building business in Rockingham County and Portsmouth, the local Chamber of Commerce hosts a radio show called SEACOAST BUSINESS CONNECTION. it is a special project of the Chamber's Business Development Committee and features shows on up and coming buinesses in the metro area. The broadcast is found at WSCA FM 106.1 and online at www.wscafm.org every Monday at 12:00 PM.

Cosmopolitan magazine named Portsmouth to its Top 10 Best Places to Live and Work in America list. 

The UTNE Reader named Portsmouth to its list of The 50 Most Enlightened Cities in America

Money Magazine recognized this city as a Top 10 Best Places to Live in the USA five (5) times from 1998 - 2008.

Portsmouth NH

A markerPortsmouth NH -
Portsmouth, NH, USA
[get directions]

Downtown Revitalization

The refurbishing an expansion of Downtown Portsmouth, including the Historic District and several attractions on the US National Historic Registry of Landmarks, has brought increasing economic weath to the city with a momentum that continues to move forward.

The central city offers art galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants and taverns, and international cuisines. Venues and events that attract tourists from around the world include the Music Hall (125 years old in 2009), the Prescott Park Arts Festival that lasts a month in the summer; and the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Additional special events include

the popular Portsmouth Jazz Festival, Children's Day, Market Square Day, the Winter Solstice Celebration, New Year's in Portsmouth, and Historic Candlelight Walking Tours.

Located on a major waterway at the mouth of the Piscataqua River across from the State of Maine, the city is also a metropolitan hub for several other surrounding towns. These include the larger Rochester and Dover; and the snaller Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, and others in New Hampshire; and Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick, and York in Maine. Portsmouth is the major center among these cities for work, trade, and travel.

Southeast New Hampshire

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Rockingham County, SE corner of the state of New Hampshire.New England, Northeast USA.
Rockingham County, SE corner of the state of New Hampshire.
Rockingham County, SE corner of the state of New Hampshire.
New England, Northeast USA.
New England, Northeast USA.

Historic Background

This area of the New England sector of what became the US came in a land grant to founding settlers in1622. The Council of Plymouth provided a township grant in 1631 for the acreage that became Portsmouth and the adjoining Harbor, along with several additional nearby towns.

Portsmouth (the port's mouth) was originally named Piscataqua , and then Strawberry Banke for its abundant wild strawberries.Portsmouth was later chosen to honor Portsmouth, England and to denote the potentially lucrative port in the harbor at the mouth of an adjacent river. Portsmouth was chosen capitol of the New Hampshire colony in 1679. because of the good trade and shipping elements of the area, the town continued to grow through the Revolutionary War, and in America, up through most of the 20th Century. In fact, from 1950 - 1960, the population increased by 43%.

Population Growth and Industrial Trends

Portsmouth lost some population in the 1990s, but began to increase again in the 21st century to approximately 21,000 in the city (2008) and about 300,000 in the county of Rockingham.

The local leading industries for growth potential through 2016 include:

  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services are projected to increase by 68% in the 10 years ending 2016.
  • Social Assistance as an industry is to increase by 54%
  • Chemical Engineering and Chemical Products Manufacture
  • Educational Services
  • Biotechnologies and Sustainability-related businesses

Top 10 Employers in Greater Portsmouth Area

The Top 3 Largest Employers in Portsmouth are also among the Top 50 employing the largest numbers of people in the state of New Hampshire.

  1. UA Local 788 Marine Pipefitter’s Union – 3,000 to 4,000 employees
  2. Columbia HCA Hospital
  3. Portsmouth Regional Hospital
  4. Antiquarian Bookstore - Approximately 1,000 employees in the sales of high-valued antique books and related relics. Online and in-store sales. Visit http://www.antiquarianbookstore.com/
  5. City of Portsmouth - City government.
  6. US Department of State, National Passport Center Passport
  7. Liberty Mutual Insurance
  8. Lonza Biologies Biotechnology
  9. US Department of State National Visa Center
  10. Erie Scientific/Sybron Lab

Top 10 High Demand Jobs Expected to 2016

The jobs that are most in need of filling in Rockingham County and Portsmouth to 2016 involve Healthcare, Education, and Business Development.

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers - Mainstream classes
  3. College Level Teachers and Instructors
  4. Veterinarians and Veterinary Techs in all categories
  5. Dental Hygienists
  6. Parmacy Technicians
  7. Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses (LPN and VN)
  8. Teacher's Assistants
  9. Adult Education Instructors
  10. Business Operations Specialists

Additional High Demand Jobs

  • Managers, all levels and industries
  • Computer and IT positions
  • Retail and Wholesale Sales People & related - especially retail sales.

IT/Computer jobs are available in all industries, and particularly in Healthcare, Education, and Business, where high numbers of jobs are already availaable.

Top Job Listers

  1. Liberty Mutual Group - Insurance for specialties of Auto, Home & Renters with free Quotes Online
  2. Genesis HealthCare - Specialties of long-term care services, short stay care, transitional care, rehab services, and additional specialty services.
  3. York Hospital - York, New Hampshire. Founded in 1880, this teaching hospital has seven residency programs, five allied health schools, and many other training programs.
  4. Exeter Hospital/Exeter Health Resources
  5. Anna Jaques Hospital - Anna Jaques donated $25,000 in 1883 for Newburyport’s first hospital.
  6. Frisbie Memorial Hospital - Recognized in July 2014 by the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force for its Mom-to-Mom Breastfeeding Support Group.
  7. Core Medical - CoreMedical group is the leader in permanent and travel nurse, allied health & HIT staffing.
  8. Hospital Jobs Online
  9. Kmart; Pizza Hut, etc.
  10. Kindred Healthcare - This is the largest diversified provider of post-acute care services in the USA.
  11. Interim HealthCare - For the interim: home care, hospice, and senior care.
  12. MAS Medical Staffing - Nurses, physical therapists & other medical professionals.

Top Job Listings

Highest demand jobs found through 2013 and 2014:

  1. Experienced Advertising Sales
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Directors of Product Management
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Representatives for Retail Sales
  6. Business Systems Analysts
  7. Sales Associates
  8. Sales / Franchise Positions
  9. Events Specialists
  10. Cashiers and Shift Supervisors
  11. Systems and Network Administrators
  12. Dietary Aides

Higher Education

Colleges & Universities

Vocational Schools, College Level

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Snowkiting in Winter

Area Activities in the Environment

Portsmouth has been listed by several organization as one of the top cities for walking in the country. In addition to open green space and parks for walking, Portsmouth offers a large waterfront area with its own Prescott Park. This park cultivates flowers in spring and summer and experiments with new varieties that are interesting to view.

A cultural arts festival is held at the park every summer. This includes theatrical productions of such famous works as The Wizard of Oz and other family favorites. In addition to the park, a dozen public beaches can be found along the coastline. Three local brewers offer tours as well. Kayak rentals, lighthouses, maritime museums and reserves round out the year-around activities.

SUSTAINABILITY

Strawbery Banke Museum - Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) worked with cities, college campuses, and business corporations to reduce millions of tons of greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere. A grant has been awarded to this museum to continue that sort of work in its facilities.In fact, an undergraduate and graduate Climate Fellowhip is available for student to work in this sustainability effort.

More by this Author


Comments 9 comments

James Cayford 6 years ago

I am a certified pipe welder with 20 years of exp. I would love to know how to join the UA 788 Marine Pipe Fitters Laber Unoin and are they working now? Please if you could give me details on who to contact or the Unoin rep. Thank you. Jim C. Raymond NH - EMAIL - jamescayford@yahoo.com


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

UA Local 788 Marine Pipefitters

(207) 439-8379; Naval Shipyard; Portsmouth, NH 03801

I don't see any contact person, though. Give them a call.


Thomas Morin  6 years ago

MY wife and I have been vacationiong in Portsmouth for 30 years and have decided we would like to live there. I have been a long time retail executive and she is an administrative assistant at our local high school. Any suggestions?


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

A direct job transfer for one or both of you would work effectively if your companies have facilites in or near Portsmouth. Hospitals and Insurance are the big job listers in August 2010.

Jobs listings have decreased for Admin Asst in the Portsmouth area since February 2010 and increased 3% in June; but a few are available in August '10 with Medcare Alliance, CCSI, and Faulkner Hospital.

For an executive position where a transfer is not possible, I suggest and executive search firm.


Paul P, CT 5 years ago

I am thinking about expanding our staffing business into Portsmouth. can you enlighten me on the manufacturing companies in the area?


Sherri 5 years ago

I am planning a move to Portsmouth in about 6 months. I am a marketing professional. Can you recommend any recruiters or head hunters in the area that might be able to help?


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Tried SimlyHired.com -- you can search by "Recriters" in the left sidebar. Also try this for recruiters in the area:

http://www.i-recruit.com/drecruiters_type_marketin...


CRe8tiVeLiFe profile image

CRe8tiVeLiFe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow ;-)

I'd love to read about the top jobs in the Monadnock Region... Have you considered writing on that? Great hub! Thanks!


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I will consider it right now, since you have mentioned it! I like to hear about places that interest people. Not sure what we'll find, but it's always an adventure looking.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working