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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations281770$53,110$25.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations43640$40,460$19.4514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations23560$43,750$21.039.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations23150$28,190$13.558.55
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations21300$63,360$30.466.05
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations20460$84,310$40.535.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations19670$38,240$18.386.55
8Production Occupations18870$41,640$20.025.7
9Management Occupations17080$113,930$54.786.15
10Personal Care and Service Occupations14310$31,120$14.964.3
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations11990$71,960$34.595.25
12Healthcare Support Occupations9970$35,050$16.853
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations9770$52,070$25.043.8
14Construction and Extraction Occupations8700$58,410$28.084.45
15Community and Social Service Occupations8380$44,030$21.171.65
16Personal Care Aides7760$29,690$14.281.5
17Retail Salespersons7560$28,860$13.882.85
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7330$33,120$15.923.65
19Registered Nurses7070$84,220$40.491.95
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6430$25,600$12.312.3
21Computer and Mathematical Occupations6270$86,050$41.372.9
22Cashiers6230$25,370$12.22.2
23Protective Service Occupations5760$53,910$25.922.2
24Customer Service Representatives5270$39,560$19.021.75
25Office Clerks, General5190$34,070$16.381.9
26General and Operations Managers5130$121,960$58.631.5
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5020$28,860$13.881.3
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4790$33,130$15.931.7
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations4420$79,690$38.311.7
30Waiters and Waitresses4270$28,960$13.931.7
31Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3980$51,050$24.541.2
32Nursing Assistants3880$31,260$15.031
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3750$43,340$20.841.5
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3590$31,940$15.351.55
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3470$44,200$21.251.05
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3270$56,860$27.340.95
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3210$52,550$25.261.8
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2670$77,720$37.370.8
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2580$41,660$20.031
40Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2440$33,760$16.230
41Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2390$37,480$18.020.6
42Medical Secretaries2390$43,020$20.680.4
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2380$43,030$20.690.9
44Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors2370$42,020$20.20
45Home Health Aides2220$31,230$15.010.7
46Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2100$79,820$38.380.9
47Packers and Packagers, Hand2080$27,690$13.310.45
48Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1990$63,180$30.370.4
49Bartenders1970$28,220$13.570.4
50Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1930$52,490$25.240.35
51Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1900$31,810$15.290.8
52Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1900$36,860$17.720.4
53Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1890$24,130$11.60.3
54Accountants and Auditors1870$74,040$35.60.9
55Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1690$56,430$27.130.5
56Receptionists and Information Clerks1680$29,860$14.360.7
57Cooks, Restaurant1540$29,120$140.8
58First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1520$40,170$19.310.6
59Construction Laborers1490$47,930$23.040.8
60First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1440$65,350$31.420.4
61Financial Managers1370$125,910$60.540.4
62Social and Human Service Assistants1350$35,610$17.120.25
63Childcare Workers1340$28,600$13.750.8
64Food Preparation Workers1330$26,680$12.830.6
65Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1280$41,810$20.10.3
66Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1260$45,730$21.980.5
67Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks1240$44,790$21.530.2
68Security Guards1230$32,260$15.510.7
69Medical Assistants1210$39,010$18.750.45
70Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1200$37,070$17.820.35
71Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1170$89,530$43.040.2
72Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1140$28,780$13.840.9
73Child, Family, and School Social Workers1100$42,800$20.580.2
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1100$76,410$36.740.3
75Carpenters1080$55,220$26.550.7
76Human Resources Specialists1080$67,530$32.470.35
77Sales Managers1060$127,910$61.50.2
78Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1050$31,730$15.260.3
79Computer User Support Specialists1040$51,330$24.680.4
80Legal Occupations1040$86,800$41.730.8
81Electricians1030$71,160$34.210.4
82Helpers--Production Workers1020$27,930$13.430.3
83Management Analysts1020$85,320$41.020.5
84Substitute Teachers1020$36,560$17.580
85Medical and Health Services Managers1000$106,700$51.30.25
86Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators980$68,540$32.950.2
87Healthcare Social Workers970$52,150$25.070.1
88Software Developers, Applications960$104,770$50.370.55
89Firefighters950$56,340$27.090.2
90First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers950$75,010$36.060.4
91Sales Representatives, Services, All Other940$64,650$31.080.6
92Dishwashers920$24,490$11.770.3
93Machinists900$49,150$23.630.25
94Tellers900$31,280$15.040.3
95Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers890$38,030$18.290
96Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists890$75,810$36.450.4
97Pharmacy Technicians860$32,960$15.840.3
98Software Developers, Systems Software860$103,570$49.790.3
99Residential Advisors850$33,120$15.920.1
100Administrative Services Managers820$96,920$46.60.2
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Jobs More Common Near Worcester Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,110281,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,46043,640
Sales and Related Occupations$43,75023,560
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,19023,150
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$63,36021,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$84,31020,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,24019,670
Production Occupations$41,64018,870
Management Occupations$113,93017,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,12014,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,96011,990
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,0509,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,0709,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,4108,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0308,380
Personal Care Aides$29,6907,760
Retail Salespersons$28,8607,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,1207,330
Registered Nurses$84,2207,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,6006,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$86,0506,270
Cashiers$25,3706,230
Protective Service Occupations$53,9105,760
Customer Service Representatives$39,5605,270
Office Clerks, General$34,0705,190
General and Operations Managers$121,9605,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8605,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,1304,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6904,420
Waiters and Waitresses$28,9604,270
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,0503,980
Nursing Assistants$31,2603,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,3403,750
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,9403,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,2003,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,8603,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,5503,210
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,7202,670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6602,580
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7602,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,4802,390
Medical Secretaries$43,0202,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,0302,380
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors$42,0202,370
Home Health Aides$31,2302,220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$79,8202,100
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,6902,080
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$63,1801,990
Bartenders$28,2201,970
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$52,4901,930

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,110281,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,46043,640
Sales and Related Occupations$43,75023,560
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,19023,150
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$63,36021,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$84,31020,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,24019,670
Production Occupations$41,64018,870
Management Occupations$113,93017,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,12014,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,96011,990
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,0509,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,0709,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,4108,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0308,380
Personal Care Aides$29,6907,760
Retail Salespersons$28,8607,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,1207,330
Registered Nurses$84,2207,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,6006,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$86,0506,270
Cashiers$25,3706,230
Protective Service Occupations$53,9105,760
Customer Service Representatives$39,5605,270
Office Clerks, General$34,0705,190
General and Operations Managers$121,9605,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8605,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,1304,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6904,420
Waiters and Waitresses$28,9604,270
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,0503,980
Nursing Assistants$31,2603,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,3403,750
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,9403,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,2003,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,8603,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,5503,210
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,7202,670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6602,580
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7602,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,4802,390
Medical Secretaries$43,0202,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,0302,380
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors$42,0202,370
Home Health Aides$31,2302,220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$79,8202,100
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,6902,080
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$63,1801,990
Bartenders$28,2201,970
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$52,4901,930

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