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Top trends in Boston Hiring

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH Metro Area – October 2016

Top trends in Boston Hiring

Monster Intelligence dug into who’s hiring and for what in Boston these days. If you’re recruiting in this area, you’ll want to know what we found.

Considered highly innovative, Boston has a reputation built on higher education and medicine. The area is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals and medical schools in the world and more than 100 colleges and universities. As the unofficial Capital of New England, Boston is home to many diverse Fortune 500 companies ranging from insurance companies, retailers, technology, aerospace and defense and more. The biggest drivers of job growth are the Boston metro area's education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and construction industries. In the past year this growth has been slightly offset by jobs shed in manufacturing. Still, the area has created 56,700 new jobs over the past 12-months; the unemployment rate was 3.5% in August 2016 which was 1.4 percentage points below the national rate of 4.9%.

By August 2016, about 2.7 million workers were employed in the Boston area, and the market accounts for 45% of all jobs posted on Monster in the New England region. To give you some insight into what your recruiting competitors are up to, our Monster Intelligence team analyzed data from the CEB TalentNeuron™ tool to identify which companies are posting the most jobs, and which jobs are most listed, and which jobs are most searched. Supporting Boston’s influence in medicine some of the positions most in-demand include registered nurses and medical scientists.

What are companies hiring for?

Most Common Employment in Boston:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Registered Nurses
  • Cashiers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives

Most In-Demand Jobs in Boston:

  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Registered Nurses
  • Marketing Managers
  • Executive Assistants
  • Medical Scientists

Boston Jobs:

  • 40% of available Boston area jobs are for Technology, Healthcare, and Sales workers
  • Of all open technology positions, 43% of available Technology jobs are for Software Developers
  • Of all open healthcare positions, 35% of available Healthcare jobs are for Nurses
  • Of all open sales positions, 29% of available Sales jobs are for Retail

Most Common Boston Jobs Include:

Software Developers, Applications
# employed: 28,540
Annual wage: $109,540

Registered Nurses
# employed: 61,370
Annual wage: $91,050

Marketing Managers
# employed: 9,730
Annual wage: $141,320

Executive Assistants
# employed: 20,210
Annual wage: $60,280

What are job seekers looking for?

Most viewed Boston jobs:

  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Software Developers and Programmers
  • Miscellaneous Engineers (e.g., Validation Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, etc.)

Top Boston job searches:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Part Time
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Receptionist
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Executive Assistant
  • Entry Level

Want to know more about the top trends in Boston hiring? Check out the Boston Market Overview from Monster Intelligence.

Data finding are based on analysis of all available online jobs reported by the TalentNeuron tool and Monster job seeking activity from more than 22 million unique visitors1.

1comScore Media Metrix, 1Q 2016, 3-month average, (includes all US Mobile + PC traffic)