It’s a new week and Spark News is back on the scene with our Geographical Jobs series. We touched on North Dakota a couple weeks ago since it is the state that currently has the best employment growth so far. Thanks to an oil boom up there, jobs in North Dakota are faring pretty well. If you were looking to get into the gaming industry, it seems as though the popularity level over there in North Dakota for those jobs is high. Who knew? Now that we have North Dakota down, we decided to venture into the state that hasn’t been doing so well in terms of employment growth: New Hampshire.
In fact, last month New Hampshire had the greatest loss in terms of employment growth. Specifically, last month New Hampshire had a -.76 percent employment growth. Unfortunately, that was the lowest employment growth in the country for that month. If you look at their employment growth over the last five years, the state still isn’t doing so well. Over the past five years, New Hampshire has had an employment growth of -3.45 percent. When North Dakota had an employment growth of about 16.83 percent, you can see that New Hampshire is pretty rough right now. However, that doesn’t mean that jobs don’t exist! They just may be a bit more difficult to find and snag.
So what are the most popular jobs and what are the most abundant jobs in this state? If you are living in the Nashua area, then it seems as though the most popular jobs are those of foundry mold and coremakers. In relation to the rest of the country, this position is 32.9 times more popular in the Nashua area. There’s about 200 of these jobs available locally and those that work in this field earn about $25,640 on average a year. So if you’re like me you’re wondering what in the world a foundry mold and coremaker does. According to MyMajors, those that work in this profession “clean and smooth molds, cores, and core boxes, and repair surface imperfections.” Sounds interesting enough, right? They also “sprinkle or spray parting agents onto patterns and mold sections to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.” Working with mold might not seem like an ideal job, but it’s certainly popular in the Nashua area of New Hampshire. Metal workers and plastic workers are also pretty popular in the area. These positions are about 24.3 times more popular in this area than anywhere else in the country. They earn about $27,690 on average annually. True to form it seems as though computer software engineers and applications earn the most and have the most jobs. There are about 2,410 local jobs in Nashua and they earn about $91,130 on average annually.
If you’re in the Manchester area of New Hampshire, then it seems as though being a residential advisor is pretty popular. This position is 7.4 times more popular than the national average here. There’s about 220 jobs locally and they earn about $27,060 on average annually. Manager positions are the most abundant here with about 880 local jobs. They also happen to earn the most with an average annual salary of $102,410. It pays to be a manager in the Manchester area of New Hampshire! Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators are also pretty abundant with about 660 jobs locally earning an average annual salary of $59,860.
If you’re venturing into the Portsmouth area, then get on the engineer train. Specifically, the nuclear engineer train. This position is 112 times more popular in this area than in the rest of the country and there are about 240 local jobs. In case you were wondering how much a nuclear engineer earns a year, it’s about $85,020. Engineering technicians are also pretty popular with a 21.2 times more popular rate than other areas in the country. There are more jobs for these positions at about 490 locally and on top of that they earn about $77,000 annually on average. Metal workers and plastic workers are popular here too being 17.6 times more popular than the rest of the country.
Seeing as though it’s pretty prevalent in a couple of areas, it’s not surprising to see that metal workers and plastic workers are the most popular positions in the state of New Hampshire overall. In relation to the rest of the country, this position is 15.6 times more popular in New Hampshire. So it may be safe to say that if you are planning on getting into the metal and plastic industry, New Hampshire might be your best bet. The same goes for nuclear engineering. However, if you are a nuclear engineer you may be able to find a job anywhere in the country!
What states would you like to see featured on our Geographical Jobs series? Let us know here in the comments or tweet me @nicole_spark. I’d love to here your thoughts and suggestions.
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