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Best Entry-Level Jobs and Careers in Massachusetts

Updated on April 6, 2013
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Labor Markets Recovering After a Recession

The Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development agency reports that they produced employment projections for the decade 2008 - 2018 based on 700 occupations and 150 industries active in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.This undoubtedly includes entry level employment, internships, and some fellowships that new college and university graduates in the state will find attractive. These projections form a starting point for career planning and job search for these individuals, all of whom should begin early in the last year of schooling or before.

Such employment projections are completed at the state and federal levels biennially and occasionally each year in some states or counties in order to encompass market changes. For example, after the final US Space Shuttle flight in July 2011, the privatized space flight sector boomed and many people (as of January 1012) booked short-term flights into outer space at the cost of $200,000 each. That sounds high-cost, but the price has reduced from a higher rate of $millions. Space related Manufacturing, Tourism, IT and other jobs began increasing into 2012 with expectations of upsurges until mid-century.

A second industry boom is in Oil and Natural Gas from 2010 - 2012 (and continuing) in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of North America.

A third example is the Sears company, that increased jobs, especially in Canada related to jewelry in 2011, and then began to close Sears and K-Mart units in 2012. The market can change abruptly. Therefore, employment projections are adjusted biennially rather than once every 10 years.

Best Career Paths

AS shown in the following materials below, careers in Massachusetts are most successful in several specific metropolitan areas pinned on the map and in specific industries.

The industries operating in Massachusetts that are showing the most growth from 2010 - 2012 and expected to continue the highest growth rates to 2018 or later include:

  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Healthcare-related Industries - Human and animal.
  • Insurance and Finance
  • IT and Computer Information Science

During the senior year of college or final year of graduate or professional school, job candidates should contact the companies and agencies listed below to arrange for Internships, Fellowships, and Full-Time employment in lucrative and interesting career fields. New graduates with Associates Degrees can also find entry-level employment at some of these organizations.

Metro Areas Offering Most Jobs for New Grads 2012 - 2018

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Cambridge MA:
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Worcester MA:
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Waltham MA:
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Suggested Careers to Begin 2008 - 2018

The fastest growing careers expected in Massachusetts, growing by the highest percentage between 2008 and to 2018, include the following list. Some consolidating has been done:

  1. Biomedical Engineers - Over 72% growth
  2. Biochemists and Biophysics - Over 50% growth
  3. Medical Scientists, all but Epidemiologists
  4. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  5. Home Health Aides (HHAs) and related - This is a lower-wage entry level position that requires only short-term training or certification, but can become a stepping stone to healthcare professions of Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Assistant, and Physician.
  6. Veterinary Techs and Veterinarians
  7. Financial Examiners
  8. Skin Car Specialists
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Ship and Boat Captains and Crew
  11. Some Compliance Officers
  12. Medical/Physician and Dental Assistants
  13. Dental Hygienists
  14. CIS Research Scientists - Computers/IT
  15. Software Engineers, all types
  16. Fitness Trainers and Physical Therapy Assistants
  17. Microbiologists
  18. Self Enrichment Teachers
  19. Surgical Techs
  20. Environmental Scientists, Specialists and Engineers - Over 20% growth

Additional higher-growth opportunities:

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SNAPSHOT: Jobs Available Spring 2013

In January, and displayed a large difference in numbers of jobs listed in Massachusetts, even though they both scour the Internet to pick up all job listings. A good idea is always to check both search engines, since they also offer different useful features. For example, the first offers specific locations-specific breakdown within a search and the second one features specific searches for New Graduates, Veteran-Friendly, Over 50, etc.

The Top Jobs of interest to New Grads among 65,000 jobs available to them in this snapshot are in the following list. BOLD titles are also targeted in Top Job Projections 2008 - 2018.

  1. Internships - Numerous fields of work: finance, medical, sales, sciences, and many more.
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Registered Nurses (RN license)
  4. Pharmacy Technicians
  5. Shift Supervisors - Various fields
  6. Assistant Managers - Various fields
  7. Oral Surgeon Assistants
  8. Sales Representatives
  9. Project Managers - IT
  10. General Managers - Various fields
  11. Research Assistants

These present plenty of choices to the new college or graduate school graduate interest in starting a career in Massachusetts.

Companies to Contact

CVS/pharmacy, Staples, Kelly Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center,Robert Half Finance & Accounting US, Randstad Technologies, EMC Corporation, Harvard University, Advance Auto Parts, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Finance, Boston University, Advanced Medical, Southcoast Health System, Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Northeastern University, PETCO, Supplemental Health Care,


  • Companies: Intel, ISO New England, BBN Speech & Hearing Technologies, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Financial, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Management Program), Mitre, Randstad, Ameriprise Financial, Scvngr ( SCVNGR is a Google-backed mobile gaming company in Cambridge, MA). See others at:

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Very kind of you both to leave comments! - Massachusetts is experiencing an increase in jobs after some fluctuation. I think the media people don't check the job listings nationwide ver well.

    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is an impressive list and paints a more positive picture of employment outlooks than one seems in the mainstream media. I was really surprised to see skin care specialist so high up on the list; it's good to see that industry take an upswing. Voted up and interesting.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well put together! Beneficial for many I'm sure!


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