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New Hampshire Economic Growth

Updated on December 6, 2022
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Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare Jobs

New Hampshire industry is diverse and provides a wealth of career options and job openings for state residents and those that might like to move into the state.

Notably, the healthcare industry is a major leader in providing the Top 20 Jobs in New Hampshire, with hospitals and clinics among the Top 20 Employers in the state.

Financial services and products are also high on the list in the Top 20 Jobs and Employers.

Fidelity Investments and Liberty Mutual Insurance offer numerous positions in the sales and administration of life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, mutual funds, annuities, securities, college financing products, employee benefits packages, mortgages, home and rental insurances, and a wide range of related products and services.

The largest cluster of available jobs are located in Manchester NH.
The largest cluster of available jobs are located in Manchester NH. | Source

Manufacturing Businesses

Manufacturing of various kinds is a large part of the private sector that creates hundreds of new jobs each year, For example, Sanders Associates, located in Nashua, NH manufactures electronic equipment, a popular and high demand item. Aside from the Top 20 Employers, there are other important companies doing business in the state. Ingersoll-Rand manufactures heavy machinery in the same locale for creating plastic moldings and environmental pollution control systems.

Digital Equipment Corporation was purchased as a company Compaq in the city of Salem and manufactures computers, a lucrative industry that provides many jobs. Miniature Precision Ball Bearings is located in Lebanon and manufactures bearings for navigational equipment.

Phas-R Laser Company develops custom lasers. Anheuser-Busch is a large company in Merrimack and is famous for its various beers. Another company, Felton Inc., is located in Manchester NH and offers manufacturing and design services.New England Homes in Portsmouth produces prefabricated houses.

Manchester - Nashua Business Corridor

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Specialized Skills Required in New Hampshire

Many local industries need skilled workers that are trained and knowledgeable in their field of employment - specialists, actually. Many of the steps in the manufacturing and production process need concentration and patience, with precise movements in tight areas. Additional steps require skilled hand movements, good eyesight and superior concentration.

Specialized skilled required in New Hampshire production and manufacturing include metal cutting, precision tool work, welding and other trade skills that need on the job training in a medium or long duration and often, vocational college or a training school. Some of these are unionized jobs and offer apprentice programs.

During training for skilled occupations, successful learners amass transferable skills that can benefit cities and towns across New Hampshire. Many of the products produced in the state are shipped to other site in the USA and even across the globe, indicating a high quality and a high demand that will keep these industries alive while developing new jobs and careers in the associated industries.

The application of production and manufacturing to the newer "green industries" and space exploration and habitation adds further options and opportunities to workers and career professionals in New Hampshire.

Environmental Concerns

New Hampshire is a center for environmental improvement and nature conservancy, contributing to green industries as much as to the Tourism Industry.

  • White Mountain National Forest Service
  • Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  • New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
  • New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory
  • NH Fish and Game Department
  • Audubon Society of NH
  • The Nature Conservancy - This is especially a large agency that tends to maintain and improving natural elements like rivers, bays, the Appalachian Trail, mountains, forests, and highlands.
  • UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Resources
  • NH State Forest Nursery
  • NH Wildlife Federation
  • NH Project Learning Tree
  • Maple Producers: This industry is important to commercial businesses and Native North Americans throughout New England and the Midwest.

Maple products are an important part of the state economy.
Maple products are an important part of the state economy. | Source

Alternative Energy

New Hampshire is also home to an active State Nuclear Industry that creates alternative power sources and continually develops new jobs.

Important indicators in New Hampshire for addressing alternative sources of fuel and energy appear below. In addition, these are signs of the importance of developing green industries and related businesses, along with developing jobs and training programs for workers in these expanding industries.

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Bretton Woods Resort NH
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Largest Companies

  1. Peerless Insurance
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  3. C&S Wholesale Grocers
  4. Irving Oil
  5. White Mountains Capital
  6. Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  7. Bottomline Technologies
  8. Albany International
  9. Fireye
  10. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Highest Numbers of In-Demand Jobs

Top 10 leading companies advertising for the most workers in New Hampshire, with their most advertised high demand jobs:

  • US Air Force: Healthcare Positions at Pease National Guard Base

  1. Clinical Psychologists
  2. Clinical Social Workers
  3. Dentists
  4. Nurses
  5. Optometrists
  6. Pharmacists
  7. Physicians
  8. Physician Assistants
  9. Psychiatrists
  10. Public Health Officers
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance

  1. Sales Representatives
  2. IT Project Managers
  3. Software Development
  4. Managers - various fields
  5. Software Developers
  6. Technologists in Software
  7. Development Staff
  8. Business Systems Analysts
  9. Claims Adjusters
  10. Insurance Assistants
  11. Senior Software Developers
  12. Software Developers for Java
  • Dell Computers

  1. Product Consultants
  2. Software Engineer Strategists
  3. Quality Sr. Engineers
  4. Storage Development Techs
  5. Senior Engineers
  6. Dell Compellent Product Consultants
  7. Field Marketing Sr.Advisors
  8. Product Sr. Advisors
  • Genesis Healthcare

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides
  3. Certified Nursing Assistants
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  6. Speech-Language Pathologists
  7. Assistant Program Managers
  • Dartmouth-Hitchock

  1. Staff Nurses (RNs)
  2. Physicians
  3. Medical Assistants
  4. Advanced Practice Nurses
  5. Staff Physicians
  6. Clinical Secretaries
  7. Ambulatory Care Nurses
  8. LNAs - Licensed Nursing Assistants
  9. Unit Support Assistants

  • New England Physician Recruitment Center

  • Schneider National: Trucking and Frieght

  • Core Medical Group: Healthcare

  • Elliot Hospital: Healthcare

  • Staples: Office Supplies and Equipment

  1. Technicians - computers and furniture
  2. Salespeople


Native American Businesses

Native groups are actively operating in three locations in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are operated by the nations of the Abenaki and the Pennacook:

Abenaki Indian Center, Inc.

381 Chestnut St., Manchester NH 03101
(603) 644-4555

Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire

1001 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03101
(603) 644-4555

Pennacook New Hampshire Tribe

83 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03101

Sports Related Opportunities

College and High School

  • New Hampshire Wildcats in Durham
  • New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association

League Teams

Postsecondary Education

  • Antioch New England Graduate School: Keene NH
  • Chester College of New England
  • Colby-Sawyer College: New London
  • Dartmouth College: Hanover
  • Franklin Pierce College: Ridge
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center: Concord
  • Granite State College: Concord
  • Keene State College
  • Magdalen College: Warner
  • New England College: Henniker
  • New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges: Berlin/Laconia, Claremont, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, Pease, Stratham
  • Plymouth State College
  • River College: Nashua
  • Saint Anselm College: Manchester
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester with Field-Based Graduate Program in Education: Colchester, VT
  • Thomas More College of Liberal Arts: Merrimack, NH + Rome, Italy
  • University of New Hampshire: Durham and Manchester

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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