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Worcester Employment

Employment and Industries in the Worcester, Massachusetts Area

Worcester has a diversified economy and is a prominent New England center for manufacturing, trade, distribution, retail and services. Important industries include high-tech, biotechnology, manufacturing, insurance and healthcare. In addition, the city includes thriving industries such as electronics, fiber optics and advanced ceramics.

The higher education institutions are major employers. The workforce's educational level has also attracted companies in fields such as technology, health and professional services. In addition, the city includes over 5,000 firms.

The economic assistance and incentives program attract companies to Worcester and helps to keep existing businesses in the city. The Worcester Workforce Central One Stop Career Center, offers job seekers information about employment opportunities and training. The Workforce Training fund, provided by the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training, offers resources to companies for training current and new employees. The Hiring Incentive Training Program offers incentives for companies hiring workers who have been out of work for more than a year.

Worcester's leading nonagricultural employment sectors are:

  • Educational and health services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Finance

The largest employers in Worcester are shown below:

  • EMC Corporation
  • UMass Memorial Health Care
  • UMass Medical School
  • Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Bertucci's Corporation
  • Worcester Public Schools
  • Waters Corp
  • Allmerica Financial/The Hanover Insurance Company
  • Advanced Cell Technology
  • Abbot Laboratories
  • Morgan Construction
  • Wright Line
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Polar Beverages
  • Hanover Insurance
  • Paul Revere Life Insurance Company
  • Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company
  • David Clark Company
  • Opus Investment Management, Inc
  • Allegro Microsystems, Inc
  • Citizens Corporation

Noteworthy data about Worcester, Massachusetts: In 2007 the estimated median household income in the city was $45,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was 122.2 which is higher than the nation's average of 100. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 23% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher.

Helpful organizations offering to work with local businesses include:

Telegram.com is a good resource for keeping up-to-date regarding Worcester business and industry news.

Jobs in Worcester

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 277400 $52170 $25.08 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 44120 $39510 $19 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 24250 $41580 $19.99 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21860 $26270 $12.63 8.3
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 21240 $60530 $29.1 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 20310 $83340 $40.07 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 19100 $37380 $17.97 6.45
8 Production Occupations 18640 $40570 $19.51 5.85
9 Management Occupations 16590 $111880 $53.79 6.05
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 13720 $74120 $35.64 5.05
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 10710 $31270 $15.03 4.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9720 $49970 $24.02 3.8
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 9360 $33930 $16.31 3.05
14 Community and Social Service Occupations 9030 $45740 $21.99 1.65
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 7960 $58270 $28.01 4.4
16 Retail Salespersons 7750 $26960 $12.96 3.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7480 $32560 $15.66 3.7
18 Registered Nurses 7420 $80980 $38.94 1.9
19 Cashiers 6640 $23970 $11.53 2.25
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5870 $85680 $41.19 2.8
21 Office Clerks, General 5850 $35050 $16.85 2
22 Protective Service Occupations 5840 $50450 $24.26 2.25
23 General and Operations Managers 5420 $120810 $58.08 1.4
24 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5250 $24090 $11.58 2.15
25 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5110 $28000 $13.46 1.2
26 Customer Service Representatives 4960 $38030 $18.28 1.75
27 Personal Care Aides 4700 $29160 $14.02 1.3
28 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4670 $31560 $15.17 1.6
29 Nursing Assistants 4330 $30120 $14.48 1.05
30 Waiters and Waitresses 4040 $26940 $12.95 1.6
31 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4000 $74710 $35.92 1.65
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3840 $41470 $19.94 1.6
33 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3800 $49730 $23.91 1.2
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3500 $42740 $20.55 1.1
35 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3380 $32790 $15.76 1.6
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3170 $49920 $24 1.7
37 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3100 $65930 $31.7 0.9
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3010 $56900 $27.36 1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2440 $44540 $21.42 1
40 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2440 $21950 $10.55 0.3
41 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2420 $79480 $38.21 1
42 Medical Secretaries 2240 $42270 $20.32 0.4
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2170 $37410 $17.99 0.6
44 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2030 $59030 $28.38 0.45
45 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2020 $41670 $20.03 0.9
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1990 $32190 $15.48 0.8
47 Team Assemblers 1950 $34830 $16.75 0.75
48 Accountants and Auditors 1870 $77630 $37.32 0.9
49 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1860 $26730 $12.85 0.45
50 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1850 $55260 $26.57 0.5
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1810 $36230 $17.42 0.4
52 Healthcare Social Workers 1620 $53700 $25.82 0.1
53 Home Health Aides 1600 $29940 $14.39 0.7
54 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 1590 $40710 $19.57 0.2
55 Cooks, Restaurant 1560 $28390 $13.65 0.75
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1560 $36970 $17.77 0.6
57 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1550 $29980 $14.41 0.7
58 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1540 $53870 $25.9 0.5
59 Food Preparation Workers 1530 $24110 $11.59 0.6
60 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1500 $43010 $20.68 0.5
61 Bartenders 1470 $25330 $12.18 0.4
62 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1410 $24930 $11.99 1
63 Social and Human Service Assistants 1360 $34110 $16.4 0.3
64 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1360 $65710 $31.59 0.4
65 Financial Managers 1330 $119990 $57.69 0.4
66 Security Guards 1330 $29050 $13.96 0.7
67 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1330 $31700 $15.24 0.3
68 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 1290 $67510 $32.46 0.2
69 Construction Laborers 1290 $46330 $22.27 0.8
70 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1270 $41840 $20.11 0.3
71 Medical Assistants 1170 $37430 $18 0.45
72 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1150 $40910 $19.67 0.35
73 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 1150 $90330 $43.43 0.2
74 Legal Occupations 1140 $81850 $39.35 0.8
75 Tellers 1140 $32600 $15.67 0.3
76 Software Developers, Applications 1120 $101950 $49.01 0.5
77 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 1080 $50700 $24.38 0.1
78 Helpers--Production Workers 1050 $26750 $12.86 0.3
79 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1030 $72210 $34.72 0.3
80 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 1020 $43140 $20.74 0.2
81 Substitute Teachers 1000 $33600 $16.15 0
82 Electricians 990 $72510 $34.86 0.4
83 Firefighters 990 $51930 $24.97 0.2
84 Childcare Workers 980 $26710 $12.84 0.8
85 Machinists 970 $48200 $23.17 0.3
86 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 960 $67090 $32.25 0.6
87 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 940 $33570 $16.14 0.3
88 Sales Managers 930 $127120 $61.12 0.2
89 Human Resources Specialists 930 $64990 $31.24 0.3
90 Medical and Health Services Managers 930 $108290 $52.06 0.2
91 Mental Health Counselors 920 $37610 $18.08 0.1
92 Computer User Support Specialists 920 $54740 $26.32 0.4
93 Dishwashers 900 $22910 $11.02 0.3
94 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 890 $73480 $35.33 0.35
95 Driver/Sales Workers 890 $35840 $17.23 0.3
96 Residential Advisors 860 $31120 $14.96 0.1
97 Administrative Services Managers 860 $102320 $49.19 0.2
98 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 840 $77130 $37.08 0.4
99 Rehabilitation Counselors 770 $38300 $18.42 0.1
100 Pharmacy Technicians 760 $33050 $15.89 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Worcester Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 52,170 277,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,510 44,120
Sales and Related Occupations 41,580 24,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,270 21,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,530 21,240
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 83,340 20,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,380 19,100
Production Occupations 40,570 18,640
Management Occupations 111,880 16,590
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,120 13,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations 31,270 10,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,970 9,720
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,930 9,360
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,740 9,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,270 7,960
Retail Salespersons 26,960 7,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,560 7,480
Registered Nurses 80,980 7,420
Cashiers 23,970 6,640
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,680 5,870
Office Clerks, General 35,050 5,850
Protective Service Occupations 50,450 5,840
General and Operations Managers 120,810 5,420
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 24,090 5,250
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,000 5,110
Customer Service Representatives 38,030 4,960
Personal Care Aides 29,160 4,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,560 4,670
Nursing Assistants 30,120 4,330
Waiters and Waitresses 26,940 4,040
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,710 4,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,470 3,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,730 3,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,740 3,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 32,790 3,380
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,920 3,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,930 3,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,900 3,010
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,540 2,440
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 21,950 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 79,480 2,420
Medical Secretaries 42,270 2,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,410 2,170
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 59,030 2,030
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,670 2,020
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,190 1,990
Team Assemblers 34,830 1,950
Accountants and Auditors 77,630 1,870
Packers and Packagers, Hand 26,730 1,860
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 55,260 1,850

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 52,170 277,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,510 44,120
Sales and Related Occupations 41,580 24,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,270 21,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,530 21,240
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 83,340 20,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,380 19,100
Production Occupations 40,570 18,640
Management Occupations 111,880 16,590
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,120 13,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations 31,270 10,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,970 9,720
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,930 9,360
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,740 9,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,270 7,960
Retail Salespersons 26,960 7,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,560 7,480
Registered Nurses 80,980 7,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,680 5,870
Office Clerks, General 35,050 5,850
Protective Service Occupations 50,450 5,840
General and Operations Managers 120,810 5,420
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,000 5,110
Customer Service Representatives 38,030 4,960
Personal Care Aides 29,160 4,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,560 4,670
Nursing Assistants 30,120 4,330
Waiters and Waitresses 26,940 4,040
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,710 4,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,470 3,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,730 3,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,740 3,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 32,790 3,380
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,920 3,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,930 3,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,900 3,010
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,540 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 79,480 2,420
Medical Secretaries 42,270 2,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,410 2,170
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 59,030 2,030
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,670 2,020
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,190 1,990
Team Assemblers 34,830 1,950
Accountants and Auditors 77,630 1,870
Packers and Packagers, Hand 26,730 1,860
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 55,260 1,850
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 36,230 1,810
Healthcare Social Workers 53,700 1,620
Home Health Aides 29,940 1,600

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