A Peek Into the Current Job Outlook in New England

A Peek Into the Current Job Outlook in New England

Have you noticed that businesses seem to be bustling again? Shops and restaurants are crowded and people are out in force, spending money. That’s because more people are working. Both New England and the nation surpassed pre-recession employment levels in May 2014. From September 2013 to September 2014, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent to 6.4 percent in Connecticut and from 7.2 percent to 6.0 percent in Massachusetts.

There were more than 4.5 million job openings in the U.S. at the end of September, so there are lots of jobs out there, but do you have the right skills and training to land one? Information technology is expected to have the greatest employment growth in New England and the demand for healthcare professionals is expected to rise across the sector.

More than 5,000 computer network support specialists were employed in 2013 in Connecticut and Massachusetts. And the demand for computer support specialists is expected to grow faster than average through 2022, nationally. Healthcare jobs are also expected to grow due to an aging U.S. population. If you’ve ever considered working in a profession where what you do really matters, maybe a career as a  practical nurse would be right for you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for practical nurses is also expected to be much faster than average through 2022.

If you’d like to work with computers or in the healthcare field, you can!  All you need is the right sort of career training skills.

Employers will expect you to come to the job with lots of knowledge and hands-on training. They also expect their new hires to have the sort of soft skills that will make them well-rounded, good employees. Skills like dependability, a good work ethic, good interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team top the list of what employers are looking for in their employees. In a recent survey, more than 80 percent of human resource professionals also said that that they’re looking for a positive attitude in new hires. Does that sound like you?

If you’re looking to find a job in New England’s growing economy, getting the right career training is what matters the most.

At Porter and Chester Institute, we offer you hands-on training taught by professionals from the field, along with externship opportunities for many of our programs so you can see what your future career will be like. We also teach you the soft skills that New England employers look for in their new hires. Contact us at 800-870-6789 to schedule a school tour today.