Jump at the job opportunities

Experts weigh in on the industries that will be looking for workers in New Hampshire

Your parents may have said, “You need to get a job,” more than once. Well, you do need to eventually get a job, right? But where will the opportunities be? We asked some local experts that exact question to see what they think.

Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH)

There are opportunities for young people across diverse industries, according to Dr. Ross Gittell.

 “Cybersecurity is huge, and also computer systems, database management, programming, apps, things related to client-customer relationships,” he said.

He said these opportunities are not just at name-brand tech companies, but at places like Liberty Mutual and Fidelity, “some of the largest employers in the country.”

“They have a lot of information technology professionals, so they’re working with databases, data systems, computer programming and writing code,” he said. “Some of it is large systems and server-related, some of it is enterprise and business related, and some of it is mobile and app related…There are exciting opportunities both within companies and across companies.”

Gittell said there are also opportunities for graduates in fields like HVAC and plumbing in which there is a substantial core of near retirement-age workers that will soon need to be replaced.

“If you look at building systems technology — it used to be called air conditioning and heating and ventilation systems — a lot of those systems are pretty sophisticated and require a lot of knowledge and skills,” he said.

In the healthcare industry, a range of professionals, from nurses to medical assistants and radiologists, will be needed in the future.

“There’s a lot of cross-industry potential for individuals, and those are jobs that are growing not just in New Hampshire, but across the country,” he added.

Donald Jalbert, Director of Technical Studies at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center

 “Painting with a broad brush, you’re looking at the healthcare field — that’s something that always comes up as an area with growing demand. Follow that, I suppose, with anything in the computer sciences, which is something they say will be a concern for some time to come.

“I also look at some of the data points around this whole question of infrastructure in the country, and the number of civil engineers and construction workers with more heavy construction than residential-carpentry, but those folks would probably come up favorably in a search.”

“You can also add in anything in the advanced manufacturing sector. If I had to pick four, those would probably be the four sectors.”

Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and DoE Programs and Initiatives at CCSNH

“Advanced manufacturing is just blowing up right now. There’s such a need for machine operators, machine tools, tool and dye makers.”

The future

According to Gittell, New Hampshire is perhaps best positioned to address the workforce needs in information technology.

“New Hampshire is part of the Boston-Cambridge metropolitan area, which is one of the two biggest tech hubs in the country and arguably one of the top ones in the world,” he said. “We’re always going to have a strong, technology-based economy as well as opportunities for our students in New Hampshire.”

He said New Hampshire boasts a strong hospitality and service industry with the added benefit of no sales tax.

“Even those jobs have become much more technical,” he said. “There are really a pretty diverse set of occupational pathways available if students get the appropriate education and workforce training.”

Rob Levey is a freelance writer based in New Hampshire.

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