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New Hampshire Vocational and Technical Schools

What New Hampshire lacks in size and population, it more than makes up for it with a nationally competitive business climate. Although the state ranks 42nd in total population, it is home to 22 companies that placed on Inc.'s 5000 list -- a list comprising the fastest growing private companies in the country.

This competitive landscape is powered by two central components: higher education and location. There are 26 colleges and universities in New Hampshire, including Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. The state's central location in New England -- close to New York and Boston -- make it a crucial access point for business throughout the Northeast.

New Hampshire's business environment continues to recover from the recession and the state is projected to continue to see employment gains in the next few years. According to New Hampshire workforce information from Stay Work Play NH, total employment in the state is projected to grow by 14 percent between 2006 and 2016.

Top industries and employers in New Hampshire

Recent data from the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau reveals that several of the top employing industries in the state are vocationally focused, meaning there are numerous career tracks available for individuals with a vocational education.

Industry

Statewide Employment, September 2014

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

139,200

Education and Health Services

116,800

Retail Trade

96,900

Government

90,300

Goods Producing

89,900

Health Care and Social Assistance

87,700

Professional and Business Services

71,600

Leisure and Hospitality

70,500

Manufacturing

65,700

Source: Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, 2014

Regionally speaking, the economy is diverse, mixed across several industries. For example, here are some of the top employing business sectors in three major population centers in New Hampshire:

  • Manchester: education and health services (20,700); trade, transportation, and utilities (18,900); professional and business services (14,900)
  • Portsmouth: trade, transportation, and utilities (11,100); government (10,000); leisure and hospitality (8,400)
  • Nashua: trade, transportation, and utilities (30,700); goods producing (25,300); manufacturing (20,100)

Vocational employment in New Hampshire

Three industries poised to experience employment growth in the future are professional, scientific and technical occupations, health care and education. In fact, several of the state's top employers are in health care:

  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH (8,000 employees)
  • University System of New Hampshire in Lee, NH (4,743 employees)
  • Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH (3,500 employees)
  • Trustees of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NW (3,500 employees)
  • UA Local 788 Marine Pipefitter in Portsmouth, NH (3,500 employees)

Vocational education is available across a spectrum of majors and specializations, including health care, which can position students for future career success in one of New Hampshire's growing industries. For example, students considering entering the health care industry can pursue training in medical billing and coding, nursing, resident and personal care, medical transcription and more.

In turn, seven of the top 15 occupations expected to see the largest employment gains between 2012 and 2022 in New Hampshire are in health care:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Occupational Therapy Assistants1805151012,900
Physical Therapist Aides1302694020,100
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1907553027,000
Physical Therapist Assistants5105160029,300
Physician Assistants53010454033,300
Home Health Aides165024820424,200
Personal Care Aides534022620580,800
*This data is sourced from the 2014 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Outside of health care, other vocational-related occupations expected to see significant career growth include the following:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Radiation Therapists110801904,500
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic160541306,700
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners130358006,600
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders2702943010,600
Helpers--Electricians902365022,400
Brickmasons and Blockmasons2904473025,200
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians7403285025,000
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers1903990041,000
Bill and Account Collectors14603290058,200
Dental Hygienists11608059064,200
*This data is sourced from the 2014 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Vocational training can prepare students for a range of career opportunities, from medical records technician to computer support specialist, radiologic technician to electro-mechanical technician. For individuals ready to join one of New Hampshire's growing career fields should investigate the benefits a certificate, post-secondary training or diploma program could provide.

Sources

New Hampshire Current Employment Statistics, New Hampshire Employment Security, September 2014, http://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/ces-data.htm#statwide

New Hampshire Economy, http://www.nheconomy.com/

New Hampshire Economy, State Impact New Hampshire, http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/

New Hampshire, Long Term Occupational Projections, 2012-2022, https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

New Hampshire, State Profile: Largest Employers, Career One Stop, Accessed October 28, 2014, http://www.acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=33&from=State

"New Hampshire's slow recovery focus in gov's race," Washington Times, Kathleen Ronayne, October 19, 2014, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/19/new-hampshires-slow-recovery-focus-in-govs-race/

NH Industry and Workforce Information, StayWorkPlay New Hampshire, Accessed October 28, 2014, http://www.acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=33&from=State

Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

"Top Companies in New Hampshire on the 2014 Inc. 5000," Inc., Editors of Inc., Accessed October 28, 2014, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/nh

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