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Pittsfield Employment

Employment and Industries in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area

The prominent industries in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are healthcare, plastics, business services and the insurance industry. The city also serves as a tourist base for the surrounding area.

Pittsfield's major job providing sectors are healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, social services, manufacturing, finance and insurance; and professional, scientific and technical services. Approximately 30% of the labor force is found in management, professional and related occupations. About 26% of the labor force works in sales and office occupations.

Some of the most popular jobs filled primarily by those with college degrees include teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; social and human service assistants; rehabilitation counselors, financial managers, civil engineers and social and community service managers.

The following is a list of Pittsfield's significant employers:

  • KB Holdings, Inc
  • Sabic Innovative Plastics US LLC
  • General Dynamics Defense Systems, Inc
  • Senior Care Management Services
  • Berkshire Medical Center, Inc
  • Pittsfield Public School District
  • Lander, Inc
  • Fairview Extended Care Services
  • Hillcrest Foundation
  • SABIC - Innovative Plastics
  • Chemex Corporation
  • General Systems
  • Laurin Publishing
  • Annie Selke Companies
  • Berkshire Bank
  • Berkshire Eagle
  • Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America
  • Petrica Industries
  • Pittsfield Public Schools

Notable data regarding Pittsfield, Massachusetts: The estimated median household income in the city in 2007 was $43,000. Regarding the adult residents, approximately 21% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in 2008 was 88.4 which is less than the country's average of 100.

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Berkshire Eagle Online provides up-to-date local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Pittsfield, 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 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 350 $55,990 $39,220 - 74,400 6% 96%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 340 $56,440 $40,070 - 71,960 14% 95%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 260 $59,600 $42,850 - 79,880 11% 95%
4 Accountants and auditors 230 $64,970 $37,730 - 105,070 18% 79%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 170 $57,180 $31,460 - 97,790 8% 51%
6 Child, family, and school social workers 170 $45,510 $27,470 - 64,650 19% 77%
7 Self-enrichment education teachers 170 $37,190 $20,690 - 50,750 23% 54%
8 Social and human service assistants 150 $31,210 $17,750 - 56,140 34% 58%
9 Financial managers 130 $93,840 $50,550 - 154,650 13% 60%
10 Rehabilitation counselors 130 $30,700 $21,010 - 55,980 23% 73%
11 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 120 $31,760 $21,980 - 39,910 30% 77%
12 Chief executives 100 $170,370 $71,770 - 2% 65%
13 Civil engineers 100 $66,910 $47,760 - 88,190 18% 87%
14 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $56,730 $41,540 - 77,460 13% 73%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $81,610 $55,640 - 110,540 8% 78%
16 Computer software engineers, applications 80 $75,160 $45,880 - 118,900 45% 85%
17 Management analysts 80 $74,830 $53,940 - 114,710 22% 78%
18 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $61,660 $43,920 - 95,210 27% 50%
19 Social and community service managers 80 $48,100 $30,450 - 65,860 25% 72%
20 Public relations specialists 80 $47,810 $33,610 - 77,900 18% 81%
21 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 70 $56,100 $42,030 - 69,180 20% 87%
22 Lawyers 70 $0 $ - 11% 99%
23 Sales managers 60 $103,910 $53,190 - 10% 69%
24 Training and development specialists 60 $59,070 $40,650 - 80,530 18% 56%
25 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $56,240 $38,620 - 74,630 9% 87%
26 Medical and public health social workers 60 $42,560 $28,840 - 58,310 24% 77%
27 Community and social service specialists, all other 60 $33,340 $27,330 - 40,480 25% 58%
28 Computer and information systems managers 50 $137,160 $71,780 - 16% 73%
29 Engineering managers 50 $133,610 $78,300 - 7% 84%
30 Financial analysts 50 $75,470 $48,130 - 111,910 34% 87%
31 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $67,980 $31,420 - 107,110 12% 51%
32 Architects, except landscape and naval 50 $67,560 $43,960 - 83,870 18% 88%
33 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $57,160 $35,110 - 78,930 18% 56%
34 Computer programmers 50 $55,980 $44,030 - 77,230 -4% 73%
35 Health educators 50 $44,780 $29,040 - 64,170 26% 58%
36 Market research analysts 50 $44,440 $29,750 - 64,970 20% 82%
37 Graphic designers 50 $38,120 $18,320 - 58,880 10% 55%
38 Marketing managers 40 $106,480 $60,780 - 153,550 14% 69%
39 Medical and health services managers 40 $87,010 $55,060 - 107,960 16% 57%
40 Computer systems analysts 40 $82,660 $57,680 - 114,580 29% 68%
41 Mechanical engineers 40 $70,050 $53,350 - 86,260 4% 78%
42 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $59,400 $41,580 - 82,270 16% 87%
43 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $54,730 $18,670 - 82,850 17% 56%
44 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $53,580 $39,770 - 80,140 18% 56%
45 Industrial engineers 30 $80,780 $38,200 - 124,390 20% 74%
46 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 30 $54,660 $36,610 - 68,990 16% 99%
47 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 30 $52,880 $37,200 - 75,320 5% 58%
48 Librarians 30 $50,570 $35,120 - 80,730 4% 85%
49 Editors 30 $48,020 $22,190 - 90,850 2% 81%
50 Teachers and instructors, all other 30 $0 $ - 9% 54%
51 Physician assistants 30 $0 $ - 27% 67%

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 1,320 $25,000 $16,890 - 36,770 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,050 $19,940 $16,860 - 24,510 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 910 $25,700 $17,950 - 34,080 13% 19%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 650 $19,610 $16,760 - 24,130 18% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 580 $25,790 $16,640 - 42,170 11% 14%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 560 $33,600 $23,040 - 46,410 13% 16%
7 Customer service representatives 560 $32,130 $21,780 - 41,470 25% 22%
8 Child care workers 540 $24,090 $17,580 - 31,890 18% 15%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 530 $23,850 $17,410 - 35,920 -8% 8%
10 Home health aides 530 $22,920 $17,780 - 29,960 49% 7%
11 Teacher assistants 510 $23,030 $17,730 - 27,980 10% 18%
12 Cooks, restaurant 480 $27,820 $21,150 - 38,900 12% 5%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 470 $25,170 $17,760 - 32,840 15% 4%
14 General and operations managers 440 $98,760 $54,940 - 2% 48%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 360 $35,150 $23,180 - 50,560 4% 25%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 350 $25,870 $17,860 - 32,290 18% 7%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 340 $43,410 $27,600 - 60,150 6% 29%
18 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 320 $40,540 $27,150 - 54,590 10% 4%
19 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 320 $33,650 $24,810 - 43,580 1% 18%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 320 $27,380 $19,050 - 36,850 18% 6%
21 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 300 $21,090 $17,260 - 26,010 13% 5%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 270 $41,780 $29,570 - 57,390 15% 18%
23 Food preparation workers 270 $20,650 $17,210 - 26,310 15% 7%
24 Maintenance and repair workers, general 250 $32,270 $21,280 - 42,900 10% 6%
25 Business operations specialists, all other 240 $72,410 $34,190 - 128,010 21% 49%
26 Carpenters 240 $37,800 $27,850 - 49,340 10% 6%
27 Physicians and surgeons, all other 230 $217,100 $162,160 - 0% 0%
28 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 230 $22,800 $17,530 - 30,810 2% 5%
29 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 220 $34,200 $21,860 - 48,650 14% 4%
30 Medical secretaries 220 $30,510 $22,670 - 39,390 17% 18%
31 Helpers--production workers 210 $33,930 $22,270 - 48,550 -1% 4%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 210 $31,040 $21,190 - 46,880 11% 14%
33 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 200 $42,050 $35,120 - 51,090 14% 7%
34 Preschool teachers, except special education 200 $28,210 $20,250 - 39,900 26% 43%
35 Tellers 200 $27,580 $21,980 - 36,380 14% 16%
36 Dishwashers 200 $18,510 $16,680 - 20,830 10% 3%
37 Bartenders 190 $20,810 $16,670 - 25,920 11% 17%
38 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 180 $35,850 $18,620 - 50,800 8% 4%
39 Personal and home care aides 180 $22,810 $18,640 - 26,210 51% 10%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 170 $54,050 $31,610 - 79,510 -5% 15%
41 Receptionists and information clerks 170 $23,220 $17,200 - 30,290 17% 13%
42 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 160 $30,800 $21,020 - 39,490 4% 15%
43 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 160 $26,330 $16,970 - 32,350 12% 6%
44 Amusement and recreation attendants 160 $23,080 $17,730 - 33,310 24% 22%
45 Recreation workers 160 $20,050 $16,680 - 25,440 13% 47%
46 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 150 $31,320 $18,710 - 50,520 -13% 0%
47 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 150 $17,970 $16,640 - 20,960 12% 6%
48 Computer support specialists 140 $39,830 $26,450 - 59,760 13% 43%
49 Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 140 $32,770 $22,610 - 39,920 1% 10%
50 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 130 $48,610 $30,220 - 66,520 11% 33%
51 Construction laborers 130 $35,180 $22,590 - 50,810 11% 5%
52 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 130 $33,610 $23,400 - 42,150 -1% 22%
53 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $20,990 $16,900 - 26,360 17% 14%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 120 $62,110 $44,030 - 86,100 9% 10%
55 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 120 $33,090 $20,850 - 44,880 4% 6%
56 Medical assistants 120 $26,690 $19,160 - 36,220 35% 10%
57 Tour guides and escorts 120 $24,240 $18,040 - 34,160 21% 29%
58 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 120 $21,170 $17,160 - 25,800 10% 5%
59 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $52,240 $37,190 - 74,020 0% 42%
60 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 110 $22,210 $17,490 - 29,280 13% 15%
61 Postal service mail carriers 110 $0 $ - 1% 11%
62 Electricians 100 $57,410 $36,030 - 78,450 7% 7%
63 Sales representatives, services, all other 100 $52,090 $27,900 - 81,110 28% 48%
64 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $50,520 $30,330 - 66,370 11% 4%
65 Food service managers 100 $44,590 $21,760 - 77,700 5% 24%
66 Team assemblers 100 $27,880 $18,470 - 38,820 0% 5%
67 Security guards 100 $26,660 $17,890 - 42,230 17% 13%
68 Switchboard operators, including answering service 100 $26,540 $19,750 - 36,170 -8% 10%
69 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 100 $23,250 $17,720 - 30,310 -3% 6%
70 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 90 $52,710 $30,300 - 75,780 7% 13%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 90 $36,500 $26,790 - 49,280 16% 26%
72 Dental hygienists 80 $66,810 $56,050 - 83,240 30% 33%
73 Dental assistants 80 $37,010 $26,250 - 49,370 29% 9%
74 Painters, construction and maintenance 80 $32,620 $24,060 - 44,750 12% 6%
75 Packers and packagers, hand 80 $19,750 $17,130 - 23,910 -12% 3%
76 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 80 $18,680 $16,640 - 22,850 10% 17%
77 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 70 $43,040 $28,960 - 72,100 4% 30%
78 Printing machine operators 70 $31,800 $21,060 - 53,800 -6% 6%
79 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 70 $30,830 $17,960 - 42,950 27% 47%
80 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 70 $30,810 $20,900 - 46,600 -7% 14%
81 Loan officers 60 $73,410 $43,890 - 107,470 12% 49%
82 Cost estimators 60 $61,820 $20,340 - 98,030 19% 32%
83 Appraisers and assessors of real estate 60 $53,090 $22,680 - 102,050 17% 44%
84 Industrial engineering technicians 60 $45,000 $33,820 - 62,240 10% 18%
85 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 60 $33,580 $22,820 - 45,730 13% 11%
86 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 60 $29,160 $22,780 - 34,260 11% 5%
87 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 60 $28,190 $18,550 - 39,680 2% 11%
88 Photographic processing machine operators 60 $20,530 $17,270 - 25,420 -50% 19%
89 Industrial production managers 50 $89,440 $57,930 - 133,920 -6% 43%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 50 $62,610 $32,140 - 96,520 4% 38%
91 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 50 $45,460 $28,690 - 69,660 3% 13%
92 Maintenance workers, machinery 50 $41,920 $32,820 - 50,970 -1% 0%
93 Paralegals and legal assistants 50 $41,010 $35,370 - 49,750 22% 45%
94 Highway maintenance workers 50 $37,810 $29,760 - 47,770 9% 5%
95 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 50 $33,610 $23,270 - 46,090 3% 18%
96 New accounts clerks 50 $30,180 $27,050 - 33,950 -16% 28%
97 Legal secretaries 50 $29,920 $24,850 - 36,410 12% 18%
98 Bakers 50 $28,640 $20,980 - 38,310 10% 8%
99 Library technicians 50 $26,870 $21,400 - 33,010 9% 27%
100 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 50 $25,890 $21,410 - 36,170 3% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Pittsfield Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 32,770 140 24.9
Tour guides and escorts 24,240 120 24.9
Rehabilitation counselors 30,700 130 6.7
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,320 150 6.3
Self-enrichment education teachers 37,190 170 5.1
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 31,760 120 4.9
Child care workers 24,090 540 4.5
Physicians and surgeons, all other 217,100 230 4.2
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 23,250 100 4
Amusement and recreation attendants 23,080 160 3.3
Child, family, and school social workers 45,510 170 3.2
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 22,210 110 3.1
Switchboard operators, including answering service 26,540 100 3.1
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,990 130 3
Home health aides 22,920 530 3
Recreation workers 20,050 160 2.8
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 21,170 120 2.7
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 33,610 130 2.6
Cooks, restaurant 27,820 480 2.6
Food service managers 44,590 100 2.4
Preschool teachers, except special education 28,210 200 2.4
Social and human service assistants 31,210 150 2.3
Helpers--production workers 33,930 210 2.3
Medical secretaries 30,510 220 2.3
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,330 160 2.1
Teacher assistants 23,030 510 2.1
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,600 260 2
Personal and home care aides 22,810 180 1.9
Dishwashers 18,510 200 1.8
Bartenders 20,810 190 1.8
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 52,240 110 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 55,990 350 1.8
Civil engineers 66,910 100 1.7
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,970 150 1.7
Tellers 27,580 200 1.7
Chief executives 170,370 100 1.7
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,380 320 1.7
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,090 300 1.6
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,200 220 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 110 1.5
Food preparation workers 20,650 270 1.5
Office clerks, general 25,700 910 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,150 360 1.5
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,800 160 1.5
Cashiers 19,940 1,050 1.5
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 33,600 560 1.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 42,050 200 1.4
Retail salespersons 25,000 1,320 1.4
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,850 530 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 54,050 170 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Helpers--production workers 33,930 1.44 210
Waiters and waitresses 25,790 1.38 580
Cooks, restaurant 27,820 1.28 480
Child care workers 24,090 1.25 540
Amusement and recreation attendants 23,080 1.25 160
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 35,850 1.24 180
Business operations specialists, all other 72,410 1.23 240
Physicians and surgeons, all other 217,100 1.22 230
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,600 1.18 260
Tellers 27,580 1.16 200
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 33,090 1.16 120
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 33,650 1.15 320
Personal and home care aides 22,810 1.14 180
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 19,610 1.14 650
Elementary school teachers, except special education 56,440 1.13 340
Construction laborers 35,180 1.13 130
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,380 1.13 320
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 32,770 1.12 140
Child, family, and school social workers 45,510 1.12 170
Preschool teachers, except special education 28,210 1.11 200
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,090 1.1 300
Social and human service assistants 31,210 1.1 150
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,170 1.1 470
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 55,990 1.1 350
Accountants and auditors 64,970 1.09 230
Customer service representatives 32,130 1.08 560
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,540 1.08 320
Home health aides 22,920 1.08 530
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,990 1.08 130
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,870 1.08 350
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 41,780 1.08 270
Cashiers 19,940 1.08 1,050
Food preparation workers 20,650 1.07 270
Dishwashers 18,510 1.07 200
Bartenders 20,810 1.07 190
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 62,110 1.07 120
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,320 1.07 150
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 21,170 1.07 120
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 42,050 1.06 200
Medical secretaries 30,510 1.05 220
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 33,600 1.05 560
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,330 1.05 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,850 1.04 530
Teacher assistants 23,030 1.03 510
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,970 1.03 150
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 22,210 1.03 110
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,040 1.03 210
Retail salespersons 25,000 1.02 1,320
General and operations managers 98,760 1.02 440
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 54,050 1.02 170

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