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High Growth Occupations in New York State

New York State Makes Work Pay is pleased to announce the release of information about 70 high growth occupations in New York State. Between 2010 and 2016 these occupations average 85,000 job openings per year. This information is intended for persons seeking information about career opportunities in New York State.

We selected high growth occupations in New York State which:

  • Are rated as "favorable" or "very favorable"
  • Have an annual growth rate at or greater than 10%
  • Have at least 100 annual average openings
  • Include a range of educational and training requirements

NYS High Growth Occupational Scorecard

The Scorecard provides an overview of these 70 occupations: average annual openings, required training / education, salary, full and part-time options, and additional information. PDF | HTML

70 High Growth Occupations Organized into 10 Occupational Clusters

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1. Careers in Community and Social Services

Careers in Community and Social Services include working with individuals, families, and persons with substance abuse and other mental health problems in the role of counselor, social worker, or educator.

Download the full Career in Community and Social Services job cluster report: PDF  |  HTML

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (21-1023) Master's degree $33,520 380 PDF  |  HTML
Health Educators (21-1091) Master's degree $32,410 140 PDF  |  HTML
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (21-1011) Master's degree $29,270 380 PDF  |  HTML
Mental Health Counselors (21-1014) Master's degree $23,040 280 PDF  |  HTML
Medical and Public Health Social Workers (21-1022) Bachelor's degree $35,240 440 PDF  |  HTML
Child, Family, and School Social Workers (21-1021) Bachelor's degree $33,360 790 PDF  |  HTML
Social and Human Service Assistants (21-1093) Moderate-term on-the-job training $20,070 1,050 PDF  |  HTML

2. Business and Financial Operations

Careers in Business and Financial Operations include positions working as cost estimators, financial and management analysts and advisors, accountants and auditors, and specialists in employment, recruitment and placement, compensation, benefits and job analysis, training and development, and business operations.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Personal Financial Advisors (13-2052) Bachelor's degree $56,970 650 PDF   |   HTML
Financial Analysts (13-2051) Bachelor's degree $56,430 780 PDF   |   HTML
Accountants and Auditors (13-2011) Bachelor's degree $50,050 3,230 PDF   |   HTML
Management Analysts (13-1111) Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience $49,290 1,180 PDF   |   HTML
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists (13-1072) Bachelor's degree $44,620 390 PDF   |   HTML
Cost Estimators (13-1051) Work experience in a related occupation $39,010 390 PDF   |   HTML
Training and Development Specialists (13-1073) Bachelor's degree $38,720 430 PDF   |   HTML
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists (13-1071) Bachelor's degree $37,090 530 PDF   |   HTML

3. Computers

Careers in Computers include working as a computer software engineer, computer systems analysts, network systems and data communications analysis, database administrators, network and computer systems administrators, and computer programmers.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software (15-1032) Bachelor's degree $66,870 620 PDF   |   HTML
Computer Software Engineers, Applications (15-1031) Bachelor's degree $62,720 1,690 PDF   |   HTML
Computer Systems Analysis Bachelor's degree PDF   |   HTML
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (15-1081) Bachelor's degree $53,190 1,070 PDF   |   HTML
Database Administrators (15-1061) Bachelor's degree $52,410 260 PDF   |   HTML
Network and Computer Systems Administrators (15-1071) Bachelor's degree $51,910 790 PDF   |   HTML
Computer Programmers (15-1021) Bachelor's degree $47,790 760 PDF   |   HTML

4. Education and Special Education

Careers in Education and Special Education involve working with kindergarten and elementary school-aged children as well as special education and self-enrichment educators.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education (25-2021) Bachelor's degree $42,080 3,160 PDF   |   HTML
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School (25-2041) Bachelor's degree $41,960 810 PDF   |   HTML
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education (25-2012) Bachelor's degree $40,250 440 PDF   |   HTML
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers (25-3021) Work experience in a related occupation $21,010 680 PDF   |   HTML

5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technicians

Careers as Healthcare Practitioners and Technicians include working with individuals or animals on a variety of medical and health issues.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Pharmacists (29-1051) First professional degree $75,620 430 PDF   |   HTML
Physician Assistants (29-1071) Bachelor's degree $69,700 190 PDF   |   HTML
Veterinarians (29-1131) First professional degree $60,240 110 PDF   |   HTML
Physical Therapists(29-1123) Master's degree $55,070 420 PDF   |   HTML
Registered Nurses (29-1111) Associate degree $50,370 5,210 PDF   |   HTML
Dental Hygienists (29-2021) Associate degree $49,210 420 PDF   |   HTML
Occupational Therapists (29-1122) Master's degree $47,100 240 PDF   |   HTML
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians (29-2031) Associate degree $36,160 110 PDF   |   HTML
Surgical Technologists (29-2055) Postsecondary vocational training $31,970 230 PDF   |   HTML
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (29-2061) Postsecondary vocational training $31,830 1,860 PDF   |   HTML
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041) Postsecondary vocational training $25,330 320 PDF   |   HTML
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians (29-2056) Associate degree $25,310 170 PDF   |   HTML
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (29-2071) Associate degree $25,090 310 PDF   |   HTML
Pharmacy Technicians (29-2052) Moderate-term on-the-job training $20,850 540 PDF   |   HTML

6. Healthcare Support

Careers in Healthcare Support include assisting dentists, medical professionals, and nurses, and working as a home health aide.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Dental Assistants (31-9091) Moderate-term on-the-job training $26,220 740 PDF   |   HTML
Medical Assistants (31-9092) Moderate-term on-the-job training $24,160 770 PDF   |   HTML
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants (31-1012) Postsecondary vocational training $22,520 2,140 PDF   |   HTML
Home Health Aides (31-1011) Short-term on-the-job training $17,430 6,470 PDF   |   HTML

7. Food Preparation and Serving

Careers in Food Preparation and Serving include helping to prepare and serve food.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Food Preparation Workers (35-2021) Short-term on-the-job training $16,430 4,100 PDF   |   HTML
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers (35-9011) Short-term on-the-job training $15,840 1,010 PDF   |   HTML
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food (35-3021) Short-term on-the-job training $15,680 2,200 PDF   |   HTML

8. Personal Care and Service

Careers in Personal Care and Service include working as a fitness trainer or instructor, personal and home care aide, child care giver, usher, lobby attendant, ticket taker, and amusement or recreation park attendant.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors (39-9031) Postsecondary vocational training $20,200 660 PDF   |   HTML
Personal and Home Care Aides (39-9021) Short-term on-the-job training $19,010 3,880 PDF   |   HTML
Child Care Workers (39-9011) Short-term on-the-job training $17,040 4,630 PDF   |   HTML
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers (39-3031) Short-term on-the-job training $16,890 750 PDF   |   HTML
Amusement and Recreation Attendants (39-3091) Short-term on-the-job training $15,980 530 PDF   |   HTML

9. Sales and Related Positions

Careers in Sales and Related Positions include being a securities, commodities, and financial service sales agent, an advertising sales agent, a demonstrator and product promoter, a retail salesperson, or a counter and rental clerk.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents (41-3031) Bachelor's degree $48,580 1,590 PDF   |   HTML
Advertising Sales Agents (41-3011) Moderate-term on-the-job training $33,390 940 PDF   |   HTML
Demonstrators and Product Promoters (41-9011) Moderate-term on-the-job training $17,900 220 PDF   |   HTML
Retail Salespersons (41-2031) Short-term on-the-job training $16,800 11,460 PDF   |   HTML
Counter and Rental Clerks (41-2021) Short-term on-the-job training $16,550 980 PDF   |   HTML

10. Construction and Extraction

Careers in Construction and Extraction include a variety of positions such as electricians, plumbers, brickmasons, tile and marble setters, sheet metal workers, and helpers.

Job Title
(SOC Code)
Education and
Training Requirements
Entry Level
Salary (Median)
Annual Average Openings in NYS Job Report
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers (47-1011) Work experience in a related occupation $47,610 900 PDF   |   HTML
Electricians (47-2111) Long-term on-the-job training $37,280 1,580 PDF   |   HTML
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (47-2152) Long-term on-the-job training $35,360 1,070 PDF   |   HTML
Brickmasons and Blockmasons (47-2021) Long-term on-the-job training $32,760 290 PDF   |   HTML
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers (47-2051) Moderate-term on-the-job training $31,350 290 PDF   |   HTML
Tile and Marble Setters (47-2044) Long-term on-the-job training $31,120 120 PDF   |   HTML
Sheet Metal Workers (47-2211) Long-term on-the-job training $30,750 240 PDF   |   HTML
Carpenters (47-2031) Long-term on-the-job training $30,270 2,000 PDF   |   HTML
Roofers (47-2181) Moderate-term on-the-job training $27,480 210 PDF   |   HTML
Painters, Construction and Maintenance (47-2141) Moderate-term on-the-job training $26,960 590 PDF   |   HTML
Construction Laborers (47-2061) Moderate-term on-the-job training $25,980 1,190 PDF   |   HTML
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (47-3015) Short-term on-the-job training $21,210 150 PDF   |   HTML
Helpers-Carpenters (47-3012) Short-term on-the-job training $19,070 380 PDF   |   HTML

Additional Information

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