Tourism and retail are major factors for Barnstable Town's economy. Over 50% of the employees in Barnstable Town work in the wholesale/retail and service sectors. The town also has a small manufacturing industry. The manufacturing jobs, on average pay about 50% higher than the local retail jobs.
The leading employment segments in Barnstable Town are education, healthcare, social services, retail; arts, entertainment and recreation; and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations comprise 34% of the jobs. About 25% of the jobs are found in sales and office occupations. Approximately, 19% of the employees work in service occupations.
The following is a list of the significant employers in the Barnstable Town area:
- Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc
- Cape Cod Hospital
- Town of Barnstable
- Boston-Wyman, Inv
- VNA of Cape Cod Inc
- Catania Hospitality Group, Inc
- Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Inc
- Holly Management and Supply Corporation
- Barnstable High School
- Hyannis Air Service Inc
- Cape Cod Child Development Program Inc
- Christy's of Cape Cod LLC
- Cape Abilities Inc
- Hearth'n Kettle of Attleboro, Inc
- First Student Inc
- Cape Cod Medical Supply
- Sencorp, Inc
- Teledyne Benthos
- Back Office Associates
Some of the jobs more prevalent in Barnstable than most of the nation's other cities are motorboat mechanics, zoologists and wildlife biologists, dietetic technicians, residential advisors, interior designers, fire fighters, pharmacy aides; and chefs and head cooks.
Pertinent information regarding Barnstable Town, Massachusetts: In 2009 the average earnings in Barnstable Town was $36,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 103.3 which is near the nation's average of 100. Regarding the adult population, about 32% have a bachelor's degree or better.
In Barnstable Town, Massachusetts, businesses are provided assistance from associations such as:
- Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
- County of Barnstable: Cape Cod Economic Development Council
- Massachusetts Economic Development Council
- MassEcon: Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development
Those interested in staying up-to-date with local business activities may want to read the Barnstable Patriot.