Many of the state's fastest growing occupations are related to IT and health care, including network systems and data communications analysts, computer software engineers, and home health care aides which top the list. Their growth reflects increased demand for medicine and other health care services by a rapidly expanding elderly population and increased business demand for faster and more powerful computer systems.

For more highlights and information on the state's projected job outlook go to the Massachusetts Employment Projections page. You can also request a list of current in-demand occupations and requirements from your local One-Stop Career Center.

OccupationGrowth Rate
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts43%
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software39%
Computer Software Engineers, Applications39%
Home Health Aides38%
Biomedical Engineers34%
Biochemists and Biophysicists32%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists32%
Medical Assistants32%
Database Administrators30%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers30%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians30%
Atmospheric and Space Scientists30%
Personal and Home Care Aides30%
Physician Assistants29%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators29%
Physical Therapist Assistants26%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers25%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education25%
Environmental Engineers24%
Dental Hygienists24%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants23%
Dental Assistants23%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants23%
Computer Systems Analysts22%
Registered Nurses22%
Respiratory Therapists22%
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists22%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians21%
Surgical Technologists21%
Physical Therapists21%