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Boston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Boston, Massachusetts Area

The big drivers of the economy in and around Boston are education, health care and life sciences (which represents at least one in six jobs in Boston), finance, and technology (both computer/software technology as well as biotechnology). The education industry in the Boston area has a major impact on the region's economy. Not only are educational institutions major employers, but they also attract high-technology industries to the region and act as incubators for many of the regions new and up-and-coming businesses.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Boston receives the highest amount of annual funding from the NIH of all cities in the United States. According to data presented by the Boston Indicators Project, the Boston area, and Massachusetts as a whole, also receive a tremendous amount of federal R&D funding. Federal spending in academic/nonprofit research institutions was over four and a half billion dollars in 2002. This ranked Massachusetts second only to California in absolute federal spending.

Metropolitan Boston has a highly educated work force. It ranks in the top 16% nationally for college educated adults when compared to similar size cities across the United States. Higher education attainment rates (people holding a bachelors degree or higher) in Boston are in excess of 35%, according 2000 data from the US Department of Commerce. This ranks Boston 5th among large US cities for bachelor’s degree holders. The attainment rate is even higher in the region surrounding Boston with higher education attainment rates as high as 40%.

Boston is also the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the regional headquarters for many federal agencies making government another large industry in and around Boston. The Port of Boston is also one of the oldest industrial and fishing ports in North America and is a major east coast seaport.

Because of its rich colonial and American Revolution history, eastern Massachusetts and the Boston are are also major tourist destinations. Boston is home to four major convention centers, the Hynes Convention Center, the Bayside Expo Center, the World Trade Center Boston, and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Some of the major business/education organizations in and around Boston include:

Some major employers and companies of note in the Boston Area include:

  • The Boston region's 74 colleges and universities servicing a total student enrollment of more than 265,000
  • The Boston region's major hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Lahey Clinic, The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, the New England Medical Center, and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, and more
  • A substantial number of biotechnology companies including companies such as Alkermes, Biogen IDEC, Genzyme, Novartis, Transkaryotic Therapies, and Wyeth
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Cambridge Technology Partners
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (state government)
  • EMC Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • Gillette, now part of Procter & Gamble
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated
  • Novell
  • NSTAR
  • Raytheon Corporation
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Teradyne, Inc.
  • TJX Companies, Inc.

The Boston Business Journal is an excellent publication to help individuals keep their fingers on the pulse of business in the Boston area.

Most Popular Jobs in Boston, Massachusetts Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 45,540 $85,140 $56,070 - 123,140 24% 56%
2 Accountants and auditors 21,570 $69,700 $42,050 - 102,680 18% 79%
3 Computer software engineers, systems software 17,900 $98,530 $66,050 - 133,280 28% 85%
4 Computer software engineers, applications 16,370 $100,240 $67,530 - 143,040 45% 85%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 16,170 $70,040 $32,200 - 115,030 8% 51%
6 Management analysts 14,700 $100,190 $51,210 - 22% 78%
7 Elementary school teachers, except special education 13,810 $62,200 $41,360 - 83,560 14% 95%
8 Financial managers 12,760 $121,340 $62,350 - 13% 60%
9 Computer systems analysts 12,270 $90,450 $56,080 - 130,760 29% 68%
10 Lawyers 11,990 $134,430 $62,940 - 11% 99%
11 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 11,930 $62,130 $40,500 - 84,660 6% 96%
12 Financial analysts 11,890 $89,600 $45,690 - 151,980 34% 87%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 11,290 $95,570 $43,040 - 164,630 12% 51%
14 Chief executives 10,880 $180,990 $87,540 - 2% 65%
15 Computer and information systems managers 8,720 $129,930 $82,700 - 16% 73%
16 Social and human service assistants 8,670 $31,730 $20,360 - 48,930 34% 58%
17 Computer programmers 7,550 $83,290 $46,210 - 128,070 -4% 73%
18 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 7,540 $60,400 $40,730 - 82,610 11% 95%
19 Market research analysts 6,800 $75,310 $40,600 - 124,170 20% 82%
20 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 6,580 $96,690 $41,760 - 160,240 20% 99%
21 Network and computer systems administrators 6,480 $79,070 $48,560 - 112,440 27% 50%
22 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 6,450 $107,350 $47,040 - 25% 67%
23 Public relations specialists 6,420 $63,320 $36,760 - 100,610 18% 81%
24 Sales managers 5,600 $136,650 $63,560 - 10% 69%
25 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 5,490 $55,300 $32,750 - 78,660 12% 51%
26 Civil engineers 5,330 $88,760 $54,450 - 132,260 18% 87%
27 Biological technicians 5,220 $53,620 $32,570 - 81,520 16% 60%
28 Medical and health services managers 4,860 $112,350 $65,780 - 16% 57%
29 Self-enrichment education teachers 4,850 $37,520 $18,880 - 58,330 23% 54%
30 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 4,840 $39,980 $27,670 - 57,160 15% 51%
31 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 4,680 $68,780 $35,620 - 118,100 18% 56%
32 Mechanical engineers 4,560 $87,720 $55,970 - 129,640 4% 78%
33 Marketing managers 4,490 $128,580 $72,950 - 14% 69%
34 Child, family, and school social workers 4,210 $48,660 $29,580 - 67,080 19% 77%
35 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 4,040 $61,050 $30,220 - 97,900 5% 58%
36 Personal financial advisors 3,890 $127,910 $48,790 - 41% 81%
37 Electrical engineers 3,860 $105,300 $65,250 - 151,450 6% 81%
38 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,750 $83,010 $50,590 - 122,500 53% 57%
39 Graphic designers 3,660 $49,160 $29,610 - 74,210 10% 55%
40 Teachers and instructors, all other 3,400 $40,750 $16,680 - 84,770 9% 54%
41 Architects, except landscape and naval 3,370 $83,980 $55,660 - 120,850 18% 88%
42 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 3,340 $55,990 $34,210 - 79,560 20% 87%
43 Pharmacists 3,310 $90,940 $55,320 - 122,680 22% 97%
44 Physical therapists 3,310 $70,180 $51,650 - 94,140 27% 89%
45 Education administrators, postsecondary 3,290 $110,410 $56,000 - 14% 78%
46 Industrial engineers 3,270 $85,690 $60,020 - 114,540 20% 74%
47 Engineering managers 3,250 $145,990 $95,120 - 7% 84%
48 Medical and public health social workers 3,200 $52,340 $30,470 - 76,440 24% 77%
49 Editors 3,180 $63,880 $34,040 - 100,640 2% 81%
50 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 3,180 $53,100 $27,720 - 81,440 13% 73%
51 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 3,040 $94,800 $64,100 - 127,750 8% 78%
52 Training and development specialists 3,010 $69,920 $41,570 - 102,810 18% 56%
53 Engineers, all other 2,970 $94,540 $59,430 - 133,450 6% 82%
54 Financial specialists, all other 2,950 $70,440 $41,460 - 104,740 12% 50%
55 Sales engineers 2,790 $103,210 $60,050 - 153,970 9% 79%
56 Librarians 2,780 $65,460 $42,370 - 92,950 4% 85%
57 Coaches and scouts 2,660 $49,500 $16,870 - 84,200 15% 60%
58 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 2,630 $46,450 $28,690 - 66,870 30% 77%
59 Social and community service managers 2,520 $63,780 $36,110 - 97,320 25% 72%
60 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,500 $67,180 $39,750 - 100,660 17% 56%
61 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 2,490 $65,840 $44,900 - 93,270 18% 56%
62 Database administrators 2,480 $80,180 $46,880 - 115,580 29% 72%
63 Managers, all other 2,450 $99,450 $54,120 - 150,330 7% 55%
64 Producers and directors 2,350 $63,910 $33,330 - 108,240 11% 75%
65 Electronics engineers, except computer 2,270 $94,470 $56,880 - 145,340 4% 81%
66 Computer hardware engineers 2,180 $112,410 $72,970 - 162,150 5% 70%
67 Mental health counselors 2,170 $41,490 $27,060 - 62,820 30% 73%
68 Chemists 2,140 $82,130 $46,100 - 128,780 9% 93%
69 Advertising sales agents 2,110 $68,500 $30,920 - 124,810 20% 56%
70 Computer specialists, all other 2,060 $79,720 $48,490 - 116,950 15% 68%
71 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,970 $71,570 $35,850 - 103,590 16% 99%
72 Instructional coordinators 1,920 $66,710 $41,490 - 96,570 23% 79%
73 Biochemists and biophysicists 1,900 $94,560 $55,270 - 134,540 16% 95%
74 Occupational therapists 1,870 $68,460 $46,330 - 95,360 23% 90%
75 Special education teachers, secondary school 1,860 $60,130 $38,050 - 86,180 9% 87%
76 Operations research analysts 1,640 $82,230 $49,270 - 117,560 11% 71%
77 Insurance underwriters 1,610 $77,000 $43,580 - 124,330 6% 53%
78 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,600 $87,840 $48,750 - 130,010 25% 93%
79 Public relations managers 1,560 $119,430 $68,130 - 17% 75%
80 Tax preparers 1,550 $64,600 $34,930 - 84,700 -8% 54%
81 Health educators 1,530 $56,620 $29,920 - 100,120 26% 58%
82 Meeting and convention planners 1,530 $51,450 $36,120 - 70,950 20% 67%
83 Technical writers 1,490 $78,790 $43,020 - 116,330 20% 74%
84 Sales and related workers, all other 1,490 $53,940 $19,340 - 89,940 14% 62%
85 Physician assistants 1,480 $81,270 $37,580 - 119,080 27% 67%
86 Speech-language pathologists 1,440 $64,220 $36,230 - 96,960 11% 98%
87 Special education teachers, middle school 1,410 $60,940 $39,480 - 84,390 16% 87%
88 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,400 $34,540 $20,840 - 52,180 25% 58%
89 Rehabilitation counselors 1,370 $36,820 $24,380 - 61,940 23% 73%
90 Financial examiners 1,360 $81,650 $47,750 - 128,040 11% 76%
91 Interior designers 1,340 $63,780 $34,860 - 93,670 20% 55%
92 Environmental engineers 1,240 $86,430 $56,160 - 124,960 25% 86%
93 Computer and information scientists, research 1,200 $123,000 $81,970 - 22% 68%
94 Purchasing managers 1,110 $112,380 $66,610 - 3% 57%
95 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,110 $74,950 $55,220 - 102,760 17% 54%
96 Budget analysts 1,100 $74,790 $50,810 - 104,710 7% 78%
97 Compensation and benefits managers 1,090 $112,480 $61,240 - 12% 58%
98 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 1,090 $52,570 $34,380 - 78,260 24% 78%
99 Natural sciences managers 1,080 $147,690 $82,640 - 11% 93%
100 Biological scientists, all other 980 $67,630 $30,740 - 110,890 4% 95%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 49,850 $25,500 $16,960 - 38,250 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 33,150 $20,630 $16,640 - 25,620 -3% 10%
3 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 32,780 $28,470 $18,640 - 41,070 15% 4%
4 Office clerks, general 32,660 $32,010 $19,100 - 48,000 13% 19%
5 Customer service representatives 31,510 $39,000 $25,950 - 57,000 25% 22%
6 Waiters and waitresses 29,800 $27,600 $16,640 - 40,000 11% 14%
7 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 28,210 $48,490 $33,160 - 65,390 15% 18%
8 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 26,570 $39,530 $26,870 - 53,900 13% 16%
9 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 24,160 $19,990 $16,730 - 25,230 18% 5%
10 General and operations managers 23,310 $127,000 $61,660 - 2% 48%
11 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,280 $38,860 $25,220 - 53,830 1% 18%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,380 $29,390 $22,070 - 38,490 18% 7%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 19,200 $57,160 $35,950 - 81,820 6% 29%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 17,470 $25,780 $17,350 - 39,730 -8% 8%
15 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 16,630 $29,610 $18,500 - 42,460 2% 5%
16 Teacher assistants 15,540 $26,060 $17,030 - 36,810 10% 18%
17 Security guards 14,400 $28,040 $20,110 - 39,410 17% 13%
18 Business operations specialists, all other 13,960 $70,050 $39,700 - 105,410 21% 49%
19 Food preparation workers 12,520 $22,800 $17,050 - 31,520 15% 7%
20 Receptionists and information clerks 11,590 $29,270 $19,450 - 40,060 17% 13%
21 Cooks, restaurant 11,400 $26,570 $19,340 - 34,890 12% 5%
22 Computer support specialists 11,380 $61,680 $36,780 - 87,360 13% 43%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 11,330 $42,650 $28,480 - 60,460 10% 6%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 11,100 $44,170 $26,800 - 64,750 4% 25%
25 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 9,910 $34,640 $19,010 - 53,760 8% 4%
26 Medical secretaries 9,670 $36,350 $26,480 - 48,770 17% 18%
27 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 9,070 $24,760 $17,790 - 32,400 13% 5%
28 Packers and packagers, hand 8,780 $23,510 $16,820 - 35,770 -12% 3%
29 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 8,780 $20,760 $16,880 - 26,090 10% 8%
30 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 8,720 $43,320 $29,350 - 59,170 10% 4%
31 Sales representatives, services, all other 8,520 $74,910 $36,720 - 124,700 28% 48%
32 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 8,180 $31,830 $20,680 - 46,860 18% 6%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 8,080 $38,330 $25,280 - 53,610 11% 14%
34 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 7,930 $34,730 $22,000 - 50,380 4% 6%
35 Carpenters 7,910 $56,120 $35,150 - 80,170 10% 6%
36 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 7,110 $50,220 $38,100 - 64,310 14% 7%
37 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 7,000 $37,160 $26,560 - 50,650 4% 15%
38 Preschool teachers, except special education 6,970 $32,100 $22,580 - 43,050 26% 43%
39 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 6,960 $56,010 $43,200 - 72,580 11% 33%
40 Home health aides 6,940 $26,720 $20,840 - 33,360 49% 7%
41 Bartenders 6,800 $27,290 $16,640 - 40,740 11% 17%
42 Dishwashers 6,690 $20,550 $16,870 - 26,000 10% 3%
43 Tellers 6,580 $27,400 $21,190 - 34,910 14% 16%
44 Construction laborers 6,500 $49,950 $29,590 - 68,770 11% 5%
45 Medical assistants 6,410 $35,760 $26,030 - 48,760 35% 10%
46 Electricians 6,100 $60,820 $37,330 - 89,550 7% 7%
47 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 6,080 $44,000 $27,730 - 64,130 14% 4%
48 Fire fighters 5,850 $55,340 $39,320 - 78,480 12% 18%
49 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,610 $64,290 $33,060 - 100,140 11% 4%
50 Administrative services managers 5,450 $94,910 $53,540 - 153,000 12% 40%
51 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 5,450 $24,390 $16,680 - 36,390 12% 6%
52 Bill and account collectors 5,190 $39,460 $26,390 - 54,870 23% 13%
53 Child care workers 5,070 $23,270 $17,270 - 31,730 18% 15%
54 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 4,930 $64,980 $38,060 - 95,210 9% 47%
55 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 4,910 $30,620 $19,760 - 42,360 12% 6%
56 Physicians and surgeons, all other 4,880 $160,840 $48,960 - 0% 0%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 4,840 $76,000 $52,980 - 104,580 9% 10%
58 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 4,820 $58,180 $35,990 - 82,980 -5% 15%
59 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 4,750 $51,120 $20,460 - 87,800 27% 47%
60 Legal secretaries 4,680 $54,030 $32,670 - 77,940 12% 18%
61 Paralegals and legal assistants 4,660 $54,480 $34,690 - 78,150 22% 45%
62 Postal service mail carriers 4,620 $0 $ - 1% 11%
63 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 4,580 $41,730 $27,890 - 58,790 -1% 22%
64 Team assemblers 4,290 $28,260 $19,590 - 40,000 0% 5%
65 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 4,290 $22,970 $17,210 - 30,590 10% 17%
66 Brokerage clerks 4,240 $43,290 $31,230 - 52,030 20% 31%
67 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 4,170 $68,190 $45,440 - 95,320 7% 13%
68 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 4,070 $55,720 $34,220 - 86,040 9% 3%
69 Counter and rental clerks 4,060 $30,220 $16,930 - 49,370 23% 16%
70 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 4,030 $34,680 $22,700 - 48,670 -27% 6%
71 Loan officers 3,960 $80,070 $41,020 - 134,540 12% 49%
72 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 3,940 $89,970 $47,460 - 146,360 4% 38%
73 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 3,810 $67,880 $42,660 - 99,090 0% 42%
74 Radiologic technologists and technicians 3,760 $70,190 $46,870 - 90,090 15% 25%
75 Recreation workers 3,750 $28,750 $17,540 - 44,600 13% 47%
76 Insurance sales agents 3,740 $78,730 $34,990 - 160,220 13% 45%
77 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 3,680 $28,290 $19,160 - 40,510 13% 15%
78 Parking lot attendants 3,670 $22,290 $16,640 - 31,360 12% 14%
79 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 3,660 $59,890 $36,550 - 93,760 4% 18%
80 Telemarketers 3,540 $39,700 $24,490 - 61,540 -10% 14%
81 Bus drivers, school 3,540 $34,190 $18,060 - 50,830 9% 4%
82 Data entry keyers 3,500 $30,490 $21,340 - 41,950 -5% 18%
83 Dental assistants 3,350 $38,390 $27,200 - 51,280 29% 9%
84 Correctional officers and jailers 3,320 $55,310 $43,730 - 69,160 17% 11%
85 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 3,210 $48,870 $30,130 - 69,640 4% 30%
86 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 3,190 $34,610 $25,110 - 46,080 10% 24%
87 Medical records and health information technicians 3,180 $38,020 $23,150 - 58,230 18% 12%
88 Food servers, nonrestaurant 3,150 $23,340 $17,260 - 30,510 16% 9%
89 Pharmacy technicians 3,020 $33,170 $21,950 - 44,330 32% 16%
90 Machinists 3,010 $43,060 $26,170 - 62,240 -3% 3%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 2,930 $39,970 $23,080 - 62,140 13% 11%
92 Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 2,890 $119,870 $43,500 - 0% 0%
93 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 2,790 $30,990 $21,720 - 41,090 11% 5%
94 Postsecondary teachers, all other 2,760 $0 $ - 0% 0%
95 Industrial truck and tractor operators 2,740 $34,630 $22,090 - 48,330 -2% 2%
96 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 2,630 $42,670 $29,390 - 56,780 3% 18%
97 Construction managers 2,570 $113,430 $69,940 - 16% 29%
98 File clerks 2,570 $27,750 $19,200 - 38,740 -41% 20%
99 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 2,560 $39,040 $24,060 - 55,180 19% 14%
100 Printing machine operators 2,560 $35,110 $20,850 - 52,750 -6% 6%
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Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Social sciences teachers, postsecondary, all other 81,050 180 14.6
Mathematicians 84,410 160 9.8
Parking enforcement workers 36,260 610 9
Gas plant operators 70,480 610 8.4
Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary 70,790 300 8.3
Environmental science teachers, postsecondary 71,110 130 8.2
Social science research assistants 48,320 1,010 7.3
Biological technicians 53,620 5,220 7.2
Biochemists and biophysicists 94,560 1,900 7.1
Orthotists and prosthetists 51,150 110 7.1
Law teachers, postsecondary 95,910 390 6.5
Biomedical engineers 89,520 860 6.5
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 96,690 6,580 5.9
Sociologists 68,120 200 5.8
Social work teachers, postsecondary 62,540 240 5.4
Microbiologists 62,400 850 5.2
Psychiatric aides 32,720 2,380 5.2
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 0 450 5.1
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 71,220 230 5.1
Epidemiologists 68,050 150 5
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 106,120 820 4.9
Occupational therapist aides 37,070 180 4.8
Brokerage clerks 43,290 4,240 4.7
Archivists 55,580 190 4.7
Pediatricians, general 148,560 1,250 4.7
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 67,970 400 4.5
Atmospheric and space scientists 79,640 220 4.4
Financial examiners 81,650 1,360 4.3
Pile-driver operators 71,010 150 4.2
Artists and related workers, all other 63,580 280 4.2
Curators 64,720 360 4.1
Graduate teaching assistants 46,440 1,920 4
Computer and information scientists, research 123,000 1,200 4
Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary 104,670 180 3.9
Physics teachers, postsecondary 100,010 320 3.8
Dietetic technicians 28,080 870 3.7
Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary 71,560 110 3.6
Set and exhibit designers 54,010 210 3.6
Biological scientists, all other 67,630 980 3.5
Electromechanical equipment assemblers 35,010 2,160 3.5
Landscape architects 76,910 750 3.5
Financial analysts 89,600 11,890 3.5
Concierges 31,290 870 3.4
Internists, general 190,040 1,700 3.3
Computer software engineers, systems software 98,530 17,900 3.3
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 0 530 3.3
Materials scientists 100,180 260 3.3
Economics teachers, postsecondary 112,070 320 3.2
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 55,930 130 3.2
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 119,870 2,890 3.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Boston, Massachusetts Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Real estate sales agents 90,410 1.92 1,250
Film and video editors 92,730 1.86 290
Tax preparers 64,600 1.84 1,550
Roofers 64,790 1.84 710
Construction and related workers, all other 65,690 1.8 300
Opticians, dispensing 60,190 1.77 670
Brickmasons and blockmasons 78,690 1.73 1,020
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 64,930 1.72 260
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 51,120 1.69 4,750
Art directors 121,180 1.68 900
Structural iron and steel workers 74,370 1.63 560
Construction laborers 49,950 1.61 6,500
Telemarketers 39,700 1.6 3,540
Personal financial advisors 127,910 1.6 3,890
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 101,800 1.57 210
Funeral directors 91,690 1.57 280
Personal care and service workers, all other 35,780 1.56 250
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 119,870 1.56 2,890
Mechanical drafters 73,470 1.55 830
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 111,990 1.52 1,290
Tapers 70,750 1.52 240
Helpers--carpenters 39,290 1.51 400
Legal secretaries 54,030 1.5 4,680
Education, training, and library workers, all other 61,500 1.5 510
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 63,640 1.49 2,060
Cost estimators 83,290 1.49 2,450
Waiters and waitresses 27,600 1.48 29,800
Material moving workers, all other 50,440 1.47 190
Computer support specialists 61,680 1.47 11,380
Correctional officers and jailers 55,310 1.46 3,320
Advertising sales agents 68,500 1.46 2,110
Security and fire alarm systems installers 53,860 1.46 1,110
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 73,490 1.45 260
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 87,840 1.45 1,600
Sales representatives, services, all other 74,910 1.44 8,520
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 31,940 1.44 820
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 68,780 1.44 4,680
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 74,220 1.44 670
Cement masons and concrete finishers 53,050 1.43 660
Carpenters 56,120 1.43 7,910
Media and communication workers, all other 64,590 1.43 230
Interpreters and translators 57,530 1.42 820
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 47,210 1.42 350
Business teachers, postsecondary 104,290 1.42 1,390
Cooks, all other 36,480 1.41 210
Graduate teaching assistants 46,440 1.41 1,920
Bartenders 27,290 1.41 6,800
Advertising and promotions managers 118,460 1.4 620
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 24,390 1.4 5,450
Insurance sales agents 78,730 1.4 3,740

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Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
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