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Top White Plains, N.Y., and New York City Jobs

Job-seekers who want a strong career in the New York City, NY, metro area might start their search by checking out the area's strongest industries. The most sought-after fields in the city range around business, health and construction, according to state and federal data. New York is a hub for several major industries. Finance and healthcare dominate the employment landscape, with Fortune 500 companies like CitiGroup and MetLife calling the Big Apple home base.

Here's a look at some of the fastest-growing careers in the New York City, metro area, which also includes the cities of White Plains, N.Y., and Wayne, N.J. These projections come from long-term career data collected by the New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Personal Care Aides

Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Health Educators

Helpers -- Carpenters

Typical Entry-Level Education

Less than high school

Bachelor's degree

Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree

High school diploma or equivalent

Mean annual salary metro area (May 2013)

$23,000

$61,520

$41,540

$49,500

$29,980

Mean annual salary statewide (May 2013)

$23,960

$58,610

$37,870

$47,480

$26,430

Projected growth metro area through 2020

46.2%

43.3%

44.0%

35.6%

33.3%

Projected growth statewide through 2020

49.3%

43.4%

40.7%

36.8%

35.4%

Employment per 1,000 jobs
(May 2013)

15.299

1.084

0.260

0.479

0.212

You'll notice that all of the careers above offer growth rates above 30 percent through 2020, signaling that there is likely plenty of opportunity in those fields, based on the data. And except for personal care aides, the mean annual salaries of each of these careers in the New York City metro area is higher than the mean annual statewide salary for the same jobs.

These jobs were designated “top” based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the New York State Department of Labor, which called out that they were among the fastest-growing jobs relevant at both the regional metro and state levels.

Sources:

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013,
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35644.htm

Fortune 500 Companies in New York, CNNMoney,
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/states/NY.html

Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections, New York State Department of Labor,
http://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/lsproj.shtm

Occupational Wages, New York State Department of Labor,
http://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/lswage2.asp