Less than an hour north by train from Boston, the city of Lowell, Mass. is considered an upscale suburb of that city. With a recent influx of technology businesses, a thriving arts scene, and a national research university -- UMass Lowell -- you could say that the city is coming into its own.
The U.S Census Bureau estimated Lowell's population at close to 109,000 in 2013. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), the collective metropolitan area of Lowell, Billerica and Chelmsford, Mass. employed 122,200 nonfarm workers as of May 2014. Most of the jobs were concentrated in the following industry sectors:
- Trade, transportation and utilities, 21,000
- Professional and business services, 18,500
- Government, 18,200
- Education and health services, 17,700
- Manufacturing, 17,400
- Leisure and hospitality, 11,200
The Census Bureau reported the median income in Lowell for the period of 2008-2012 as $51,714. May 2013 BLS data does not report a median income; however, it does indicate an average annual salary of $56,020 for all occupations across the Lowell, Billerica and Chelmsford metro area. Nationally, the average annual salary for all occupations is $46,440.
Lowell vocational and technical schools offer training for jobs in growing occupations
If you are a high school student, high school graduate or you are thinking about returning to school, you probably want to train for an occupation you not only like but that can improve your income potential. You may be wondering whether Lowell vocational and technical schools offer training for careers with high growth potential.
It may help you decide on a career and an educational program if you know which occupations are forecast to need a lot of new workers in the coming years, or which careers offer better-than-average wages. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development forecasts the highest job growth in Lowell through 2020 will include several key occupations. They are listed below with the percentage of increased jobs through the end of the decade and the average yearly income as reported by the BLS for May 2013:
- Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing: 54.30%, $68,880
- Heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers: 38.59%, $40,940
- Software developers, applications: 29.01%, $96,260
- Registered nurses: 21.77%, $68,910
- Software developers, systems software: 21.39%, $104,480
Many of these occupations also offer excellent income potential as you can see by comparing the wages to the national and Lowell average salaries. Plan wisely to train for a career not only with good income potential but also expected job openings when you complete your studies.
Fastest Growing Occupations in Greater Lowell WIA, Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, http://lmi2.detma.org/Lmi/Occupation_Projection_Rank.asp?Area=15000006long
Intro to Lowell, Official City of Lowell website, accessed June 24, 2014, http://lowell.org/livehere/Pages/IntrotoLowell.aspx
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economy at a Glance, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ma_lowell_nd.htm
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_74804.htm
Lowell, Mass., U.S Census Bureau, QuickFacts, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25/2537000.html