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Top 10 High Demand Jobs in Waltham MA to 2030

Updated on January 4, 2013
John W. Weeks Footbridge across the Charles River near Cambridge MA.
John W. Weeks Footbridge across the Charles River near Cambridge MA.

100 Best Places to Live in America

Waltham, Massachusetts is ranked as America's Number 28 Best City out of 100 top cities to make your home. Ratings were published by Money Magazine online in 2010.

A few miles south of Waltham is Newton MA, population 82,000+, standing in the Number 3 Position, also a growing economy. Both suburbs are located about 8 miles to the west of Boston and have access to over 100,000 job listingss.many things to do, places to go, and a well maintained and effective rail system that allows for future growth.

The local highway system promotes area growth as well, with increasing numbers of medical and techology companies moving to Route 128/I-95.

Area residents posting on a variety of community bulletin boards point to the attractions on Moody Street, along the Charles River, Prospect Hill, and a large number bike/hike trails and much open space as drawing cards to a good life outside of work. Some other residents say that they call themselves "Waltham Walkers" in the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk.

National Archives and Records Administration, New England Region

This division of the US National Archives contains records of US Federal Agencies in New England. These include the US Census, naturalization & Immigration, passengerl lists, military service records, and several others, dated 1789 - 1970+. Comprehensive local genealogical records are also available to the public.

In addition to these local and regional records, Waltham is home to museums and several interesting commercial and residential structures listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.

Steam Fire Engine used in Waltham 1871 - 1930+.
Steam Fire Engine used in Waltham 1871 - 1930+.
Orient Combination Tandem bicycle made in  Waltham, MA in 1899. Auto factories and other manufacturing industries also produced bicylces in late 1800s and early 1900s.
Orient Combination Tandem bicycle made in Waltham, MA in 1899. Auto factories and other manufacturing industries also produced bicylces in late 1800s and early 1900s.

Charles River Museum of Industry

Old gasoline pump.
Old gasoline pump.
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Consolidated Plan 2010 - 2014

Waltham is receiving $7 Million in grants with which to improve housing for moderate- and low- income earning individuals in the city. This includes 40% or more of the total community number of households. This will enhance the quality of life for all residents in a better environment and help to draw additional commercial business to Waltham.

According to the city website, The Waltham-Cambridge Area is also the state center for bio-technology research and manufacturing, mainly along Route 128. It is already evident that bioscience professionals and technicians, specifically Biochemists, Biophysicists, and Bioengineers; along with related techs, are among the top jobs for growth in the US to 2020 and beyond.

Jobs Increasing Gradually Since July 2012


Top Job Advertisers

  1. IBM
  2. Steward Healthcare
  3. Northeastern University
  4. Faulkner Hospital
  5. Boston University
  6. Liberty Mutual Insurance
  7. Cybercoders
  8. Robert Half Finance
  9. Massachusetts General Hospital
  10. Genzyme Corporation
  11. Oracle
  12. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  13. Bank of America
  14. Harvard University
  15. Harvard Vanguard Medical

Top 10 Hot Jobs

Of 111,000+ jobs are found across the Internet for Waltham during January 2013, the most frequently listed being:

  1. Software Engineers - Includes software applications for Aerospace and Medical Manufacturing sectors, both increasing in production and numbers of jobs created.
  2. Dentists and Dental Assistants
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Project Managers
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs) ; Nurse Practitioner/Physician('s) Assistants - These position are growing in importance in the 2010s, decreasing healthcare costs an dreplacing some Physicians' services.
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Retail Sales Representatives
  8. Financial Analysts
  9. Account Executives
  10. Business Analysts

Additional High Demand Job Titles:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Senior Accountants
  • Restaurant Managers

Employment Projections to 2030

The Top 10 Jobs are all in the following industries:

  1. Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  2. Individual and Family Services
  3. Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  4. Home Health Care Services
  5. Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  6. Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
  7. Residential Care Facilities
  8. Software Publishers
  9. Social Assistance
  10. "Other" Post-Secondary Schools and Instruction -- e.g., Business & Computer Training, Tech/Trade Schools & Education Supt. Services

Other Top Industries through 2030:

  • Professional and Technical Services
  • Scientific Research and Development
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Waste Management and Remediation
  • Child Day Care
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Internet and Other Information Services
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Outpatient, Laboratory & Other Ambulatory Care Services

Cotton Mills - Museums, Commercial, and Residential Space

Boston Manufacturing Company mill on the Charles River, built around 1815. Many manufacturers' plant were of the same architectural style. Housing built for the mill workers was also similar and stands today.
Boston Manufacturing Company mill on the Charles River, built around 1815. Many manufacturers' plant were of the same architectural style. Housing built for the mill workers was also similar and stands today.

Cotton and Textiles

Waltham was an agricultural community in its beginnings, adding cotton and textile production through the Civil War Era, and diversifying to Technologies in the 2000s.

Many cotton mills in the Greater Boston Area have been turned into community agencies or museums and many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Boott Cotton Mills have been redone as lofts and commercial spaces for rent. Some textile manufacturing and/or distribution still occurs in the Waltham area as well.

Civil War Monument and Town Hall
Civil War Monument and Town Hall


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    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I see lots of states are gearing up on biotechnology and engineering. Voted and rated.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      As a resident of Waltham, I must say you captured the essence of this town really well, with all its history and recent developments!

      Incredible research effort!

      Thank you

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      8 years ago

      Pics are great. Great effort!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great history and geography lesson. The beautiful photos completed the overall view.

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      8 years ago

      Good information, opening more jobs means more business for others. Companies want to add employee when they have more work, more work is more business.

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      8 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

      Very informative hub. Does this only apply to the US or applies generally to the job industries?

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow you have complete information through this hub. Unfortunately, I am not living in America. But it open my eyes about many possibilities about job vacancies outside my country, especially for America. Thank you very much!


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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      okay, first thing, I love your flag separator bars, They are the coolest!

      The grant Waltham received for $7 mil is wonderful. Should provide a good push for the MA economy--in the right direction. Great shot of the Weeks footbridge! Thanks for such a complete hub.


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      gold 101 

      8 years ago from india

      This was very informative piece of writing very well elaborated, thanks for sharing this information


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