The city’s most recent budget, released in June, allocated funds to increase the number of teachers in the public schools. According to Dr. James A. Parrott, deputy director and chief economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute (fiscalpolicy.org), that means “[there’s] an opportunity for growth in the teacher workforce we haven’t seen in a few years.” Additionally, private education has experienced an “explosion of growth,” thanks to areas such as evaluation, testing, tutoring and consulting.
According to the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), the number of health-care positions hit a record high in 2009, but Parrott notes that hospital closings, declines in health-insurance reimbursements and a decrease in the length of hospital stays have significantly slowed down employment since. Right now, the jobs are in home health care: The DOL reports that personal and home-care aides represent the third-fastest-growing occupation in the city, with a projected 115,120 jobs in existence by 2018.
Media is a broad industry, and areas like publishing, broadcasting and telecommunication have downsized over the years, says Parrott. The DOL projects only 400 editorial jobs opening annually, with reporters, correspondents and photographers averaging only 80 new jobs a year. But some positions have sprung up: Chris Coffey of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment says industries such as film and television entertainment are booming, and a recent report by the Boston Consulting Group notes an increase of 30,000 local jobs in that sector since 2004. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (nyc.gov/film) offers job listings, as well as training opportunities for those interested in the film biz.
“The city estimates around 120,000 jobs in the tech sector in New York City [this year],” says Coffey, whose Made in NY Digital Map (mappedinny.com) shows at least 900 companies in the industry that are hiring (including Foursquare, OkCupid and Meetup). The DOL reports that a number of tech-related occupations are increasing: Among the fastest-growing positions in the city are network systems and data communications analysts.