Short-term projected job gains and losses

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Careers with high wages are among some of the fastest-growing jobs in Berkshire County, according to state market projections.

Among the top 10 jobs that are expected to see the highest percentage of growth, seven offer annual wages above $50,000.

These positions include electrician ($57,371 average annual salary in the Berkshires), sheet metal worker ($70,997), industrial engineer ($103,314), management analyst ($105,128) and lawyer ($147,163), according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's short-term occupational projections for Berkshire County for 2018-2020.

Massachusetts' short-term occupation projections take job movement into consideration, including employee exits (such as retirement), transfers and new job openings to predict the net total positions for each job.

Meanwhile, many of the jobs slated to see the sharpest declines are those that don't require more than a high school diploma. Of the 10 positions expected to lose the highest percentage of positions, only one requires any higher education or outside training.

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The jobs with the most significant projected declines include security guard ($38,956 annual wages), retail salesperson ($29,225), secretaries ($40,464), machinists ($42,577) and Postal Service mail carriers ($50,655).

Because of relative market size, a shrinking job sector still could offer more future open positions than an expanding industry. For example, the number of retail sales positions is expected to decline, but forecasters are still predicting 419 job openings from 2018 to 2020.

Other jobs that are expected to have many open positions include construction laborer (145), secretary (87), electrician (53), home health aide (38) and executive secretary (38).

The jobs that are predicted to have the fewest openings are industrial engineer (16), lawyer (13), graphic designer (12), printing press operator (11) and Postal Service mail carrier (9).

Kristin Palpini can be reached at or on Twitter at @kristinpalpini.


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