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New England's High Value Education + Career Pathways
A preliminary analysis Bureau of Labor Statistics data related to good jobs in New England.

By Candace Williams
Director, Policy Research & Strategic Initiatives
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
Stay tuned for more as we continue to research additional topics, such as:
  • The demographics of workers who hold the region’s good jobs.
  • The availability of promising postsecondary programs.
  • State-level data on High Value Education & Career Pathways.
  • Funding streams targeted toward increasing access to the region’s high value pathways.

For more information about this research, contact Candace Williams at
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Check out our COVID-19 resources to explore how New England's postsecondary institutions are responding to the ongoing health crisis.

Note: All New England states have announced that they will vaccinate out-of-state postsecondary students who are enrolled at a higher education institution in the region.
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