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Massachusetts Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Massachusetts Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Massachusetts, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Nuclear technicians$68,59018027.7
2Oral and maxillofacial surgeons$175,75019019.5
3Psychiatric aides$27,5416,0007.3
4Biomedical engineers$80,5551,2007.2
5Atmospheric and space scientists$65,4204506.8
6Architecture teachers, postsecondary$99,0901806.8
7Graduate teaching assistants$38,8563,0606.7
8Law teachers, postsecondary$110,9907706.4
9Epidemiologists$63,2302206.4
10Biochemists and biophysicists$92,5561,3406.0
11Social sciences teachers, postsecondary$84,1052205.8
12Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary$73,8803505.4
13Parking enforcement workers$33,0105204.7
14Cooks$29,3857404.6
15Pile-driver operators$61,8901604.0
16Electro-mechanical technicians$42,8708203.9
17Environmental science teachers, postsecondary$74,0651203.9
18Insurance appraisers, auto damage$53,2156803.9
19Engineering teachers, postsecondary$105,6709003.8
20Health specialties teachers, postsecondary$92,9653,5903.5
21Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary$100,1401803.4
22Forest and conservation workers$36,9901203.4
23Stonemasons$46,2905303.3
24Electromechanical equipment assemblers$28,7313,3403.2
25Tree trimmers and pruners$39,7465503.2
26Medical scientists, except epidemiologists$75,2504,4203.2
27Materials scientists$87,0101903.1
28Education administrators$70,1211,3203.0
29Physics teachers, postsecondary$84,5704703.0
30Proofreaders and copy markers$31,1707403.0
31Computer hardware engineers$91,8484,1903.0
32Social work teachers, postsecondary$60,2151303.0
33Concierges$25,5959402.9
34Archivists$52,2601602.9
35Embalmers(varies)2002.9
36Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers$31,4362802.9
37Residential advisors$24,9522,5402.9
38Chief executives$129,70421,2602.8
39Computer and information scientists, research$106,9501,3002.8
40Biological technicians$46,6763,2502.7
41Microbiologists$66,4157002.7
42Social science research assistants$48,0304602.7
43Therapists$50,5952702.7
44Radiation therapists$83,0104102.6
45Biological science teachers, postsecondary$92,0561,4402.6
46Psychiatrists$147,8807102.6
47Education administrators, postsecondary$77,3744,9302.5
48Actuaries$89,4957502.5
49Computer software engineers, systems software$87,07017,8802.5
50Mental health counselors$37,9084,2602.5
51Fire fighters$44,0319,6902.4
52Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers$27,8502602.4
53Economics teachers, postsecondary$89,1653802.3
54Desktop publishers$45,9471,2102.3
55Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$74,1236302.3
56Economists$71,8205802.3
57Sociology teachers, postsecondary$66,5904602.3
58Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program$43,2602,1402.2
59Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$76,1602,1102.2
60Chemical engineers$81,5201,1002.2
61Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary$83,5801202.2
62Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary$63,9502,6102.2
63Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators$48,2702702.1
64Political science teachers, postsecondary$84,2103802.1
65Psychologists$68,1102002.1
66Environmental engineers$69,7852,1602.1
67Pediatricians, general$151,7407702.1
68Skin care specialists$32,3457602.1
69Mechanical engineering technicians$45,5971,7602.0
70Material moving workers$25,9221,5402.0
71Electrical engineers$78,6146,6302.0
72History teachers, postsecondary$74,6935902.0
73Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products$76,71117,0502.0
74Curators$58,2302402.0
75Medical and clinical laboratory technicians$43,2025,9201.9
76Chemistry teachers, postsecondary$76,6164801.9
77Financial analysts$70,0758,5501.9
78Rehabilitation counselors$35,7884,1901.9
79Financial examiners$73,5409201.9
80Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary$70,5606501.9
81Logisticians$66,9142,0501.9
82Library technicians$30,2043,5801.9
83Social and human service assistants$29,99612,6501.8
84Technical writers$65,6641,9401.8
85Computer software engineers, applications$85,06121,1601.8
86Multi-media artists and animators$50,3308501.8
87Occupational therapists$56,2653,6101.8
88Appraisers and assessors of real estate$54,0001,7101.8
89Animal control workers$29,9672701.8
90Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers$125,1051,1301.7
91Special education teachers, middle school$47,4142,8901.7
92Religious workers$30,3401001.7
93Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school$49,3806,6301.7
94Operations research analysts$75,0621,9001.7
95First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers$64,0581,1601.7
96Occupational therapist assistants$39,1007001.7
97Tour guides and escorts$24,2636801.7
98Medical and public health social workers$45,3974,1901.7
99Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$60,0832,0301.7
100Recreational therapists$33,0157401.7

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Massachusetts

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Massachusetts are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons105,560$24,4801.0
2Cashiers74,450$18,7871.0
3Registered nurses72,070$60,6791.3
4Office clerks, general62,010$27,8680.9
5Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners52,130$26,1571.0
6Waiters and waitresses51,970$21,7371.0
7Customer service representatives48,200$32,5301.0
8Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food46,300$17,8520.9
9General and operations managers44,130$93,1241.1
10Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks42,830$34,1061.0
11Executive secretaries and administrative assistants42,780$40,3511.2
12Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants39,850$25,6161.3
13Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand38,850$24,9360.7
14Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive38,190$31,2971.0
15Stock clerks and order fillers36,710$24,0991.0
16Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products32,200$62,5990.9
17Teacher assistants31,230$23,0931.2
18First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers28,950$47,1790.9
19Elementary school teachers, except special education28,810$51,7201.0
20Accountants and auditors27,440$57,1281.0
21Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer24,960$39,9050.7
22Food preparation workers23,870$20,6671.2
23First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers23,860$40,0231.0
24Receptionists and information clerks22,890$25,3120.9
25Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education21,900$51,8511.1
26Maintenance and repair workers, general21,630$36,3560.7
27Chief executives21,260$129,7042.8
28Computer software engineers, applications21,160$85,0611.8
29Security guards20,980$25,3270.8
30Maids and housekeeping cleaners20,170$20,2101.0
31Truck drivers, light or delivery services20,040$32,0920.9
32Business operations specialists19,930$55,6060.9
33Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop18,940$17,8181.7
34Carpenters18,740$44,4940.9
35Landscaping and groundskeeping workers18,330$27,4220.9
36Financial managers18,190$85,6141.6
37Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks18,060$29,1171.0
38Computer software engineers, systems software17,880$87,0702.5
39Packers and packagers, hand17,240$20,4720.9
40Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products17,050$76,7112.0
41Bartenders16,950$21,9531.6
42Computer systems analysts16,600$68,8561.3
43Team assemblers16,600$27,2870.7
44Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education16,370$52,8651.3
45Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses15,930$44,3761.0
46Management analysts15,810$80,2391.4
47Cooks, restaurant15,690$24,6300.9
48Computer support specialists15,370$47,2301.3
49Construction laborers14,690$38,4980.7
50Automotive service technicians and mechanics14,580$36,8611.0
51Dishwashers13,600$18,1021.2
52Police and sheriff's patrol officers13,450$48,1951.2
53Lawyers13,400$103,4071.0
54Preschool teachers, except special education13,060$26,9861.7
55First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers12,950$53,6420.9
56First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers12,800$30,5690.7
57Social and human service assistants12,650$29,9961.8
58Home health aides12,610$23,2160.9
59Tellers12,550$25,5071.0
60Electricians11,930$46,5720.8
61Billing and posting clerks and machine operators11,560$31,2781.0
62Child care workers11,070$20,7690.9
63Computer programmers10,710$76,0341.1
64Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters10,650$49,0711.1
65Sales managers10,600$101,7101.3
66Bus drivers, school10,160$28,5461.1
67Sales representatives, services10,160$58,3351.0
68Computer and information systems managers10,000$100,2731.5
69Fire fighters9,690$44,0312.4
70Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists9,230$24,4101.1
71Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers9,130$35,7080.8
72Postal service mail carriers9,060$45,5511.2
73First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers8,910$61,1160.7
74Personal and home care aides8,560$22,0320.8
75Financial analysts8,550$70,0751.9
76Network and computer systems administrators8,520$63,4401.3
77Counter and rental clerks8,470$23,4360.8
78Machinists8,390$40,0161.1
79Child, family, and school social workers8,240$47,7171.5
80Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers8,240$18,2510.9
81Administrative services managers8,060$67,8501.4
82First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers7,710$57,0190.8
83Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop7,650$19,6721.0
84Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products7,460$53,7581.2
85Industrial truck and tractor operators7,350$32,2850.5
86Mechanical engineers6,990$72,5741.4
87Public relations specialists6,890$54,4951.5
88Bill and account collectors6,890$33,4100.7
89Production, planning, and expediting clerks6,770$41,9431.0
90Marketing managers6,740$101,5981.6
91Medical assistants6,730$29,9670.7
92Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents6,710$105,4361.2
93First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers6,700$68,4930.9
94Medical and health services managers6,680$77,8701.3
95Data entry keyers6,680$27,3970.9
96Paralegals and legal assistants6,650$42,4131.3
97Electrical engineers6,630$78,6142.0
98Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school6,630$49,3801.7
99Cooks, institution and cafeteria6,600$26,6110.8
100Driver/sales workers6,550$27,0700.7

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