5 Reliable Career Sectors on Long Island with Outstanding Job Outlooks
Long Island is full of opportunity. No matter where you choose to live, work, or go to school in this region, you'll be near a spectacular number of potential employers and places to unwind or have fun. Plus, the communities are very diverse. Whether you reside in one of Nassau County's charming villages such as Garden City or one of Suffolk County's popular suburbs like Melville, you'll be among all kinds of fascinating and enthusiastic people.
In fact, depending on how you define Long Island geographically, you'll be one of over 2.8 million or 7.5 million residents.*
And consider this: Many stats indicate that Long Island is a real place of growth. For instance, Nassau County's residents enjoyed an increase of over 12 percent in per-capita income from 2003 to 2013.** And the population of Suffolk County is expected to rise by 18 percent from 2005 to 2035.*** It all means that good job opportunities already exist and many more are likely to be added.
Here are five of the most promising job sectors:
1. Healthcare and Biomedical Technology
With over 8,000 doctors and 13 hospitals in Nassau County alone, Long Island is home to a very large and high-ranking health sector.**** Plus, the biotech and life sciences industry has a major presence in the region, employing more than 16,000 biomedical professionals in 2011.†
And the future prospects look great for many kinds of vocational options in this sector. For example, between 2010 and 2020, Long Island is expected to have the following average number of yearly openings in each of these health careers:†
- Registered nurses—920
- Licensed practical nurses—320
- Medical assistants—240
- Medical and health services managers—140
- Pharmacy technicians—120
- Health information technicians and medical records specialists—50
- Diagnostic medical sonographers—30
- Cardiovascular technologists and technicians—20
2. Business, Financial, and Design Services
This broad sector includes a huge variety of possibilities. But to give you an idea of the scale of opportunity, consider these facts:
- In 2011 alone, about 49,500 Long Islanders were employed in the area of financial services, and more than 70,000 worked as front office professionals.†
- From 2010 to 2020, about 180 job openings are projected to be created each year for marketing and market research specialists on Long Island, as well as about 410 openings for accounting, bookkeeping, and auditing clerks, and 70 openings for graphic designers.†
3. Computer and Electronics Technology
In 2011, about 8,800 Long Islanders held jobs in the electronics sector, and an additional 11,600 were employed in the area of information technology services. But the future looks even brighter for such professionals. Collectively, about 500 job openings could be generated each year between 2010 and 2020 for software developers, programmers, network administrators, systems analysts, and computer information systems managers.†
4. Culinary Services
Long Islanders enjoy a high density of great restaurants, which prosper thanks in large part to tourism. With many popular beach towns and famous destinations like the Hamptons, visitors flock to Long Island and spend money in its many culinary establishments. It's a big reason why about 280 openings are forecast to become available each year from 2010 to 2020 for restaurant cooks in the region.†
5. Criminal Justice and Legal Support
Law enforcement has a strong presence on Long Island. For example, consider the 90,000-square-foot facility in Nassau County that is home to major offices of the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police.****
And don't overlook the area of legal support. Between 2010 and 2020, about 70 openings are anticipated to become available each year for Long Islanders with the skills to be paralegals or legal assistants.†
* United States Census Bureau, website last visited on March 9, 2015.
** Nassau County, website last visited on March 9, 2015.
*** Suffolk County Government, website last visited on March 9, 2015.
**** Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, website last visited on March 6, 2015.
† New York State Department of Labor, website last visited on March 10, 2015.