Vermont’s 54 most promising jobs revealed

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Vermont’s 54 most promising jobs revealed

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What do four hundred electricians, more than two thousand nurses, and nearly five hundred software developers have in common? According to a newly updated brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. Wages run from low-40s to over $100,000 a year. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school.

The latest Department of Labor data is used to highlight 54 of over 100 of these promising jobs along with their median wages, number of projected job openings, and minimum education requirements. Each is expected to pay at least $20/hour and have at least 100 openings over the next decade. The accompanying online resource, www.mcclurevt.org/pathways, lists the Vermont-based training and education programs that will put students and jobseekers on the right path. For a limited time, the McClure Foundation is offering grants to organizations and others that are working to connect Vermonters with these training and education pathways.

The jobs list, called Pathways to Promising Careers, reinforces national research that promising job opportunities grow with postsecondary education and training. Only two of the 54 jobs identified by Pathways can be filled with a high school degree and no additional training or education. The majority require at least a two-year Associate’s Degree. Yet statistics show only 60% of Vermont’s high school graduates enroll in college within 16 months of graduation.

“We envision a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant,” explains McClure Foundation Philanthropic Advisor Carolyn Weir. “That’s why we’re thrilled to know that information about these jobs is helping students choose career pathways and helping adults build their credentials or switch career tracks.”

55,000 brochures featuring the high-pay, high-demand jobs are being distributed to high schools, colleges, state agencies, counseling organizations, and nonprofits across the state. They will reach students and jobseekers just as state partners announce a new goal that 70% of Vermont’s working-age adults possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value by 2025.

“This is a pivotal time to align Vermont’s workforce skills with employer needs. There are tremendous employment opportunities right here in Vermont for people of all interests and backgrounds. The goal of our work is to promote the skills in demand and dispel some of the myths about our local economy,” says Mathew Barewicz, Economic and Labor Market Information Chief at the Vermont Department of Labor.

The McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor hope the data will also help colleges, legislators, employers, and career counseling organizations inform programming and strategy.

JOBS

I like working with my hands or with machines to make, fix, or build things.

 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Sheet Metal Workers* 100 High school or equiv. $21 / $44,700
Carpenters* 1,350 High school + training $20 / $41,800
CNC Machine Operators* 460 High school + training $27 / $55,200
Industrial Mechanics* 350 High school + training $24 / $50,100
Diesel Engine Mechanics* 200 High school + training $21 / $42,700
Electrical Power-Line Installers* 170 High school + training $34 / $69,700
Water Treatment Plant Operators* 100 High school + training $22 / $45,800
Electricians* 400 Registered apprenticeship $22 / $45,400
Plumbers and Pipefitters* 280 Registered apprenticeship $23 / $48,800
HVAC Mechanics and Installers* 130 Certificate Program $23 / $47,500
Civil Engineers 250 Bachelor’s degree $34 / $70,700
Mechanical Engineers 190 Bachelor’s degree $36 / $74,800
Electrical Engineers 140 Bachelor’s degree $41 / $85,000

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

I like to observe, learn, analyze, and solve problems.
 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Licensed Practical Nurses* 490 Certificate Program $22 / $45,500
Massage Therapists* 320 Certificate Program $26 / $54,700
Computer Support Specialists* 330 Postsecondary training $24 / $49,300
Registered Nurses 2,290 Associate’s Degree $30 / $62,800
Dental Hygienists 130 Associate’s Degree $32 / $66,300
Computer Systems Experts - 2 Types* 440 Bachelor’s degree $35 / $72,400
Environmental & Health Scientists 170 Bachelor’s degree $28 / $57,200
Nurse Practitioners 210 Master’s degree $45 / $93,600
Speech-Language Pathologists 140 Master’s degree $32 / $66,700
Physician Assistants 130 Master’s degree $50 / $104,800
Clinical and School Psychologists 410 Doctoral degree $26 / $54,900
Physical Therapists 360 Doctoral degree $36 / $74,400
Physicians - General Practitioners 140 Doctoral degree $72 / $150,200
Pharmacists 120 Doctoral degree $63 / $130,900

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

I am organized and detail-oriented and I like to work with lots of information.
 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Executive Secretaries* 250 High school or equiv. $23 / $47,700
Patrol Officers 530 High school + training $22 / $46,000
Planning Clerks* 180 High school + training $20 / $42,100
Claims Adjusters* 100 High school + training $32 / $66,400
Paralegals and Legal Assistants* 180 Associate’s Degree $24 / $49,000
Accountants and Auditors* 1,160 Bachelor’s degree $31 / $65,000
Compliance Officers 560 Bachelor’s degree $30 / $62,900
Market Research Analysts 540 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,400
Management Analysts 300 Bachelor’s degree $38 / $78,500
Personal Finance Advisors 200 Bachelor’s degree $26 / $55,000
Cost Estimators 160 Bachelor’s degree $30 / $62,700
Editors 140 Bachelor’s degree $22 / $45,800
Loan Officers 100 Bachelor’s degree $29 / $60,400
Lawyers 340 Doctoral degree $44 / $91,600

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

I like to work with people and use my creativity to guide or persuade.
 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Sales Representatives - 3 Types 1,090 High school + training $28 / $58,500
Insurance Sales Agents 450 High school + training $22 / $46,700
Advertising Sales Agents 120 High school + training $21 / $43,200
Web Developers* 260 Associate’s Degree $29 / $60,100
Teachers - 7 Types* 2,280 Bachelor’s Degree na / $54,600
Software Developers - 2 Types* 480 Bachelor’s degree $41 / $85,600
Purchasing Agents & Buyers* 350 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,100
Human Resources Specialists 260 Bachelor’s degree $27 / $55,900
Public Relations Specialists 160 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,900
Writers and Authors 150 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $50,800
Financial Services Sales Agents 110 Bachelor’s degree $32 / $66,600
School & Vocational Counselors 220 Master’s degree $25 / $51,800
Healthcare Social Workers 150 Master’s degree $22 / $46,100

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

The McClure Foundation is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.

Source:  www.vermontcf.org For more information or to request copies of the brochure, visit www.mcclurevt.org/pathways  or contact Carolyn Weir at cweir@vermontcf.org802-388-3355 ext. 239, or through Twitter @McClureVTFdn.