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Top Jobs in Newark, N.J., and Union, Pa.

If you're looking for a stable career in the Newark, N.J., and Union, Pa., metro areas, it might be worth considering a job in the fields of finance, manufacturing, construction or health. Those fields all offer significant growth projections in the area, based on federal and state data. Essex County, N.J., which is home to Newark, has nearly 500,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 64, according to the 2010 Census. While it isn't the largest metropolitan region in the country, this part of New Jersey has a strong economy, helped by its proximity to New York City.

In the past, the city has been known for its manufacturing industry, but the transportation and insurance industries have grown as well. That has given several occupations in the area a boost. Here's a look at some of the fastest-growing careers in the Newark, NJ, metro area, based on wage and long-term career data collected by the state department of labor and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Financial Examiners

Helpers — Carpenters

Glaziers

Home Health Aides

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

On-the-job training

High school diploma

Less than high school

Associate's degree

Mean annual salary metro area (May 2013)

$93,070

$28,450

$68,220

$22,330

$37,500

Mean annual salary statewide (May 2013)

$95,940

$25,850

$58,950

$22,680

$33,090

Projected growth metro area through 2020*

50%

28.6%

60.7%

38.5%

45.8%

Projected growth statewide through 2020

31%

53%

33.3%

42.7%

34.4%

Employment per 1,000 jobs
(May 2013)

0.210

0.215

0.256

8.324

0.339

As part of the manufacturing industry, glaziers boast the largest projected growth in the area and the second-highest salary of these steadily growing careers. Financial examiners bring in the highest salary, according to the BLS, and still maintain a 50% projected growth rate through 2020.

*Projected growth through 2020 for Essex County, N.J., based on data from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

These jobs were designated “top” based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 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: Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013,
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35084.htm

"Occupational Employment and Wages: A Detailed Analysis of New Jersey's Occupational Landscape," New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, February 2014,
http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/employ/oeswage/nj_oes_wage_report.pdf

2010 Census Interactive Population Search, U.S. Census,
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=13