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This resource is sponsored by the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation in partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) and the Vermont Higher Education Council (VHEC). Together, they envision a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant. The jobs list is compiled from the VDOL's Long Term Occupational Projections released in September 2016 with 2015 wage data. Jobs are categorized by Holland Codes, a widely recognized career classification theory. The VT-based training and degree pathways were identified by VHEC using the Consortium of Vermont Colleges Degree Directory as well as typical qualifications data provided by the DOL.

Are you a Vermont student or graduate considering your career path? You should know which careers show the most promise. We've identified 54 high-pay, high-demand jobs projected for the state. Each job pays a median wage of at least $20/hour and is projected to have at least 100 openings in the state between 2014 and 2024. Elements of the education and training pathways for each job can be obtained in Vermont.

To learn more about each of these promising jobs, click the statement(s) below that best describes you. The promising jobs are categorized by their environments and the skills and interests they require.

 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Sheet Metal Workers* 100 High school or equiv. $21 / $44,700
Carpenters* 1,350 High school + training $20 / $41,800
CNC Machine Operators* 460 High school + training $27 / $55,200
Industrial Mechanics* 350 High school + training $24 / $50,100
Diesel Engine Mechanics* 200 High school + training $21 / $42,700
Electrical Power-Line Installers* 170 High school + training $34 / $69,700
Water Treatment Plant Operators* 100 High school + training $22 / $45,800
Electricians* 400 Registered apprenticeship $22 / $45,400
Plumbers and Pipefitters* 280 Registered apprenticeship $23 / $48,800
HVAC Mechanics and Installers* 130 Certificate Program $23 / $47,500
Civil Engineers 250 Bachelor’s degree $34 / $70,700
Mechanical Engineers 190 Bachelor’s degree $36 / $74,800
Electrical Engineers 140 Bachelor’s degree $41 / $85,000

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Licensed Practical Nurses* 490 Certificate Program $22 / $45,500
Massage Therapists* 320 Certificate Program $26 / $54,700
Computer Support Specialists* 330 Postsecondary training $24 / $49,300
Registered Nurses 2,290 Associate’s Degree $30 / $62,800
Dental Hygienists 130 Associate’s Degree $32 / $66,300
Computer Systems Experts - 2 Types* 440 Bachelor’s degree $35 / $72,400
Environmental & Health Scientists 170 Bachelor’s degree $28 / $57,200
Nurse Practitioners 210 Master’s degree $45 / $93,600
Speech-Language Pathologists 140 Master’s degree $32 / $66,700
Physician Assistants 130 Master’s degree $50 / $104,800
Clinical and School Psychologists 410 Doctoral degree $26 / $54,900
Physical Therapists 360 Doctoral degree $36 / $74,400
Physicians - General Practitioners 140 Doctoral degree $72 / $150,200
Pharmacists 120 Doctoral degree $63 / $130,900

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Executive Secretaries* 250 High school or equiv. $23 / $47,700
Patrol Officers 530 High school + training $22 / $46,000
Planning Clerks* 180 High school + training $20 / $42,100
Claims Adjusters* 100 High school + training $32 / $66,400
Paralegals and Legal Assistants* 180 Associate’s Degree $24 / $49,000
Accountants and Auditors* 1,160 Bachelor’s degree $31 / $65,000
Compliance Officers 560 Bachelor’s degree $30 / $62,900
Market Research Analysts 540 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,400
Management Analysts 300 Bachelor’s degree $38 / $78,500
Personal Finance Advisors 200 Bachelor’s degree $26 / $55,000
Cost Estimators 160 Bachelor’s degree $30 / $62,700
Editors 140 Bachelor’s degree $22 / $45,800
Loan Officers 100 Bachelor’s degree $29 / $60,400
Lawyers 340 Doctoral degree $44 / $91,600

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

 
Career 10-Year Projected Openings Minimum Education Needed for Entry Median Wage (hourly / yearly)
Sales Representatives - 3 Types 1,090 High school + training $28 / $58,500
Insurance Sales Agents 450 High school + training $22 / $46,700
Advertising Sales Agents 120 High school + training $21 / $43,200
Web Developers* 260 Associate’s Degree $29 / $60,100
Teachers - 7 Types* 2,280 Bachelor’s Degree na / $54,600
Software Developers - 2 Types* 480 Bachelor’s degree $41 / $85,600
Purchasing Agents & Buyers* 350 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,100
Human Resources Specialists 260 Bachelor’s degree $27 / $55,900
Public Relations Specialists 160 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $49,900
Writers and Authors 150 Bachelor’s degree $24 / $50,800
Financial Services Sales Agents 110 Bachelor’s degree $32 / $66,600
School & Vocational Counselors 220 Master’s degree $25 / $51,800
Healthcare Social Workers 150 Master’s degree $22 / $46,100

Find training programs that will put you on the path to each of these jobs.

Remember: Wages are based on experience, education, and skills. If you are new to a profession or have minimum education requirements, starting pay may be lower. While some professional fields require you to major in a certain degree field, others require transferable skills that can be gained through a variety of fields of study. These skills may also be gained through experiential learning, group projects, and internships. To be the best candidate, you will need to develop your credentials both through your studies and your experiences.  Keep this in mind as you explore your pathways.

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For a limited time, the McClure Foundation is offering grants to organizations and others working to connect low-income Vermonters with the training and education pathways identified in this resource. Learn more about funding eligibility and guidelines.

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