Culture and Job Opportunities in Nashua NH

Merrimack River

The river connects Lowell MA with nearby Nashua NH.
The river connects Lowell MA with nearby Nashua NH.

Greater Boston Area

Just about 40 minutes by car and 35 miles from the border of Boston, Nashua on the Merrimack River is the second largest city in New Hampshire. It is also Number 94 on Money.com's list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in Amerca.

With a population near 90,000 people, Nashua has been included New Hampshire's southern economic projects as an important part of the larger Boston area. It's been named a Best Place to Live in America several times, as well as one of the safest American cities. Textiles as a foundation of economy have largely been replaced with technology in Nashua with such organizations as the Nashua Corporation (PCs and disks), BAE Systems, and Hewlett-Packard.

Helping all this along is the ongoing economic development and rebuilding in the older downtown area of the city, a set of projects undertaken my many cities in order to continue to grow. New downtown residences, commercial companies, entertainment venues, and various dining places are increasing yearly. The Nashua River is also in tight focus for development into a prestigious waterfront.

Across the city and state borders of Boston MA, Nashua on the Merrimack River is the second largest city in New Hampshire.

Nashua on the Merrimack River

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Home Of Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

Author and poet of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac was born in Massachusetts in the town of Lowell, a few miles southeast of Nashua, New Hampshire (see map below). He was a colorful character with a long and complex backstory that began writing about his own life at age 12. His 1957 On The Road became one of the Time Magazine 100 Best All Time Novels.

The Kerouac family grave site is located in Nashua and books listed below trace the Kerouac family lineage from French Canadian origins to New England, specifically Lowell and Nashua.

Lowell MA celebrates Kerouac's birthday and work and connects visitors with tours to the nearby Nashua locations relevant to the celebrations,

Kerouac Memorial

Nashua New Hampshire Metro Area

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Downtown Nashua in 1905

Mass Transit

Nashua Transit began as the Nashua Horse Drawn Railroad back in 1886.

Local Transportation

BUS SYSTEM

Mass transit is made available in Nashua NH by the Nashua Transit System, also called NTS and CityBus, with 10 fixed routes and a dedicated After 7 evening system. City Lift serves senior citizens and ADA eligible individuals..

This system was named one of the 10 Most-Improved Transit Systems in America in the mid 2000s by Metro Magazine. In addition, NTS offers specially dedicated ADA paratransit for the disabled population and anyone over 60 years old, called City Lift. The company has been in business since 1886, when they ran horse-drawn trolleys, and now has Markie the Meerkat as its mascot. When you visit the website, you can use its Google Route Planning service as well.

In Nashua, military veterans, those ages 60 and over, and those with Medicare cards are considered Honored Citizens and charged a bus fare of only 50 cents.

AIRPORTS

Nashua Municipal Airport in Nashua NH and Manchester-Boston Municipal Airport in Manchester NH service the local area.

TRAINS AND LIGHT RAIL

Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation company operates buses and trains as well as subways and light rail lines in and out of Boston and surrounds. One rail line runs from Boston to nearby Lowell MA, and the company plans to extend it all the way to Nashua. This will add to Nashua's ability to transport a growing population down the line all the way to Boston for work, entertainment, and shopping.

South Station, Boston

Inside the clean, beautifully decorated South Station, a major MBTA, Amtrak, and Greyhound hub in Boston.
Inside the clean, beautifully decorated South Station, a major MBTA, Amtrak, and Greyhound hub in Boston.

Largest Local Employers in Nashua NH

  1. Southern New Hampshire Health
  2. St. Joseph Hospital and Trauma Center
  3. BAE Systems
  4. BAE Systems - Info and Electronics division

Major Hiring Companies

  1. Faulkner Hospital
  2. Staples
  3. Dell Computers
  4. Oracle
  5. Genesis Healthcare
  6. Mit Lincoln Laboratory
  7. Philips
  8. Mitre
  9. Millipore
  10. Nuance
  11. Securus
  12. BAE Systems
  13. Cybercoders
  14. Elliot Hospital
  15. University of Massachusetts,Lowell
  16. Beyondtek IT
  17. Red Hat
  18. Winchester Hospital
  19. I-Robot

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Office Managers
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Staples Technology
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Administrative Assistants
  8. Front Desk Clerks
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  11. Project Managers
  12. Sales Representatives
  13. Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners
  14. Windows Vmware Administrators
  15. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
  16. Dental Lab Technicians
  17. Assistant Managers
  18. Event Specialists

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Local Employment Forecasts to 2016

In By February 2015, Nashua enjoyed 59,000 job listings, compared with the February 2011 figure of 33,000 jobs within a distance of 25 miles of city center.

The highest demand jobs in the area that are high-wage and require trained skills are in the following list, according to the Boston Labor information departments.

Job titles below listed in bold text have been in high demand since 2010..

  1. Retail Salespersons
  2. Information and Record Clerks
  3. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
  4. IT Leaders
  5. Computer Specialists
  6. Truck Drivers with CDL Licenses
  7. Business Operations Specialists
  8. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  9. Dentists and Assistants
  10. Financial Specialists and Clerks

Higher Education Opportunities

  • Daniel Webster College: Private College in Nashua, New Hampshire -- Nashua, New Hampshire. Daniel Webster College is a private college. Programs include Business, Management, Computer Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences.
  • Hesser College -- in Manchester. Career oriented training, hands-on training, and a wide variety of occupational fields.
  • Nashua Community College
  • Rivier College - A Catholic College in Nashua, NH Offering Liberal Arts & Professional Programs -- Founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier College in Nashua is a 4-year coed Catholic College with programs in liberal arts education at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • St Joseph Academic Center
  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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