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High Paying Jobs In Maine

Updated on February 27, 2013
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Job Markets In Maine

Maine is a gorgeous state in summer and autumn for sight seaing and enjoying the coastline. Winter is exciting with skiing and other outdoor sports.Travel and Tourism make a large industry inthe state, but other industries contribute much to the local and state economies in Maine.

After a surge of new job listings for Maine in January 2012, the numbers of jobs listed declined sharply throughout January and February, to stabilize at a lower point in March 2012. Jobs stayed at this level throughout the year to the end of 2012 (see graph below).

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Notice the sky shuttle line in the left middle area. | Source

Numbers of Jobs In Maine Stable March - December 2012


Job Numbers and Locations In Maine

At the end of December 2012, over 19,500 job vacancies were listed for Maine acorss all Internet sources, but this is not a significant number of jobs available to area job seekers that include over 51,000 people.

The cities in which larger numbers of jobs are offered include:

Portland, Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, South Portland, Biddeford, and Auburn.

Highest Demand Jobs include:

  1. Physician
  2. Nurses - RNs
  3. Engineers - Manufacturing, Electrical, IT
  4. Dental Assistants
  5. General Dentists
  6. Warehouse and Inventory Jobs
  7. Pizza Hut Jobs - Management and Crew
  8. Dental Lab Technicians
  9. Truck Drivers
  10. Hygienists
  11. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  12. Certified Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Techs
  13. Assistant Store Manager
  14. Salespeople
  15. Sales Representatives
  16. Medical Assistant
  17. Technicians - various industries

Most Active Job Markets in Maine

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Job Outlook for Healthcare Occupations

Within the Healthcare Industry that will provide the largest number of new jobs to Maine through 2020, the fastest growing numbers will be in the following job titles:

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Requires less than a 4-year degree and provides a median wage of over $28/hour. A 4-year degree increases income.
  2. EMTs and Paramedics
  3. Physicians
  4. Radiology Techs
  5. Pharmacy Technicians
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Respiratory Therapists
  8. Veterinary Techs
  9. Pharmacists
  10. Medical Records and Health Infomatics Techs

Many of these healthcare careers pay high wages compared to those in other industries.

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Bar Harbor Pier at low tide. | Source

Additional Jobs Outlook

After Healthcare, the industries contributing the highest number of new jobs expected to 2020 include:

  • Food Prep and Service - Waitstaff, Fast Food workers, Cooks
  • Sales - Retail Salespeople, Cashiers, Sales Reprersentatives
  • Personal Care Jobs
  • Healthcare Support Jobs: Assistants, Aides, Orderlies, Patient Care Techs
  • Office Jobs
  • Construction and Extraction Jobs - Building, Oil & Gas, etc.

References: Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State Government of Maine.


The following private employers are recommended by many sources as some that consistently maintaining the largest employee groups:

  • Hannaford Bros Co - Supermarkets thoughout the state, founded in 1833.
  • WalMart / Sam's Club
  • Maine Medical Center - Portland
  • LL Bean Inc. - Famous catalogue stores founded in 1912.
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center
  • T D Banknorth N A
  • Unum Provident - Portland
  • Central Maine Healthcare Corp - Lewiston
  • Maine General Medical Center
  • Shaws Supermarkets Inc.
  • Verso Paper Corp -- Statewide mills, with other facilities in Michigan and Ohio.
  • Home Depot USA Inc. and Lowes Home Centers
  • S D Warren
  • St Mary's Regional Medical Center
  • Southern Maine Medical Center
  • Rite Aid of Maine Inc.
  • University Of New England
  • Aroostook Medical Center Statewide - Maintains clinics inside some WalMarts.
  • Attendant Services Inc - South Portland
  • Bates College - Lewiston
  • St Joseph Hospital - Bangor

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Jobs Increasing In Number that Require a Bachelor's Degree

Job Title
Median Wage through 2018
General and Operations Managers
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
Accountants and Auditors
Business Operations Specialists, All Other
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
Financial Managers
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Computer Systems Analysts
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Medical and Health Services Managers
Public Relations Specialists
Training and Development Specialists
Sales Managers
The higher paying jobs around Maine are generally those that require a 4-year degree or higher level of education or an equivalent of education and work history. The exception is Registered Nurse (RN), discussed earlier.


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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

      Fantastic! Let us know what happens in the future. For now, Happy New Year!

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      6 years ago from Central PA

      Awesome, thanks! I'm actually from Waterville! :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      HGi, hazelbrown - Colorado is lovely as well; I had an aunt who lived there happily for meny years. As for teaching in Maine, I did not find a large number of teaching jobs advertised in the state, but I did find about 100 openings for professional tutors at Wyzant Tutoring and several instructors at Colby College in Waterville.

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      6 years ago from Central PA

      I'm originally from Maine, now living in Colorado, and I would love to move back there! It's wonderful for so many things: raising kids, gardening, experiencing the ocean... but I don't see teaching on your list of high-demand jobs. Oh well... guess I'll just have to create my own job! :-)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      I had a friend that used to vacation near the coastline in the autumn of the year for several year and really liked it there. I hope more jobs become available there soon.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Wonderful hub - I don't live anywhere near Maine but your title and facts in this hub piqued my curiosity. :)

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      R Johnson 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub! Lots of pertinent information

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      Thanks very much for your experience, Monis Mas!

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      6 years ago

      I used to live in Maine, it is a wonderful state. So beautiful, and people are very nice. But the job market was awful, very seasonal. Great hub!


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