Brooklyn, located in the heart of one of the nation and world's most vibrant cities, is a great place to live, learn and experience New York. Just a quick jaunt across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, the borough of Brooklyn is home to over 2.5 million residents, according to Census Bureau 2013 estimates. Within Brooklyn, you'll find several vibrant and diverse communities, including Crown Heights, Bensonhurst, Park Slope, Cobble Hill and more.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports this New York City borough is home to approximately 55,000 private sector firms creating over 500,000 jobs in multiple industries, which may make it a viable place to establish a career and make a living. The New York Department of Labor reports from February 2013 to February 2014, Brooklyn gained private sector jobs at a faster rate than the state of New York as whole.
Other growing professions in the area, according to the BLS, include:
- Registered nurses. 26 percent growth; 711,900 new jobs
- Retail sales. 16.6 percent growth; 706,800 new jobs
- Post-secondary teachers. 17.4 percent growth; 305,700 new jobs
- Accounting and financial service professionals. 13.6 percent growth; 259,000 new jobs
Economy and career potential, Brooklyn, New York
According to the BLS, Brooklyn's average weekly salary during the first quarter of 2013 was $750, which amounts to approximately $39,000 year for full-time employment (40 hours per week). The U.S. Census Bureau reports a Brooklyn median yearly household income of $45,215 from 2008-2012. The following are May 2013 BLS median hourly wages for specific New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA jobs, including Brooklyn, some of which may be of interest to graduates of Brooklyn vocational and trade schools:
- Court reporters, $44.76
- Education administrators, preschool and childcare center/program, $30.40
- Computer user support specialists, $26.18
- Medical transcriptionists, $20.17
- Pharmacy technicians, $15.93
For students interested in working in these or other careers, technical and trade schools in Brooklyn may be worth exploring.
Employment and Wages in New York City, Bureau of Labor Statistics, First Quarter 2013, http://www.bls.gov/ro2/qcew9310.htm
Kings County (Brooklyn Borough), New York, Quick Facts, U.S. Census Bureau, 2012, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/36047.html
New York-Northern New Jersey, Long Island, NY-NJ-PA, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35620.htm
New York, Projections Central, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
Percent Change in Private Sector Jobs by Area, New York State, New York Department of Labor, February 2013-2014, http://labor.ny.gov/stats/PDFs/cesjobs_map.pdf