This month, NEBHE’s Policy & Research team began research on our New England’s High Value Education and Career Pathways initiative, which includes, among other things, detailed lists of good jobs and the short-term training programs that can lead to them.
Our analysis will focus on:
- Good jobs, defined as those that
- Do not require an education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
Offer a family sustaining annual wage of $68,000 or higher (calculated according to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator for a family of four).
- Are projected to have at least 500 jobs openings across the region by 2031.
- Promising postsecondary programs that yield recognized credentials that lead to a good job within two years.
Today, we’re taking a peek at the topline findings in data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics related to good jobs in New England.
- 36 occupations meet our working definition of a good job. Of those, 83% typically require a bachelor’s degree.
- Good jobs that typically require an associate degree or high school diploma/GED fall into the bottom third of these occupations in terms of median annual earnings.
- The top occupation profiles represented by New England’s good jobs are:
- Management Occupations
- Business & Financial Operations Occupations
- Computer & Mathematical Occupations
Explore Good Jobs in New England