Not all the Help Wanted signs in Vermont are for low-paying service jobs – not by a long shot.
The State of Vermont has published Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs, a list assembled by VDOL and McClure that includes more than 50 occupations expected to pay above the state median wage of $22.55/hour and have at least 500 openings over the next decade.
The Department of Labor and the McClure Foundation, an affiliate of the Vermont Community Foundation, have partnered since 2014 to produce the Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs list, providing the brochure as a career exploration resource for students and jobseekers across Vermont and for those interested in moving to the state.
“No matter where someone is on their career path – whether just starting out, highly-experienced, or considering a change – Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs is a great place to begin,” said Dept. of Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington. “And, to help with that journey, the Department of Labor has job specialists across the state ready to connect jobseekers with opportunities that fit their experience, interests, and needs.”
The McClure Foundation facilitates the distribution of Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs print brochure to area schools, partner organizations, and by request to individuals.
The Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs brochure includes information on median wages, number of projected openings, and minimum education requirements. The data reveals that Vermont’s promising jobs typically require training or education beyond high school – whether on-the-job training, a short-term credential such as a certificate, a registered apprenticeship, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or beyond.
The promising occupations with the most projected openings over the next 10 years include: K-12 teachers (7,850), bookkeeping and accounting clerks (5,320), carpenters (4,460), and registered nurses (4,460). The full list of occupations is based on VDOL’s Long-Term Occupational Projections, which was released in September 2022.
“These projections estimate where growth and shifts in employment will occur based on a number of factors”, said VDOL Economic and Labor Market Information Director Mathew Barewicz. “These include economic growth, in particular as a result of post-pandemic circumstances, as well as other changes, like retirements or job transfers. In Vermont, our labor force is down about 20,000 from its pre-pandemic high, predominately due to retirements, and in spite of an increase to in-state migration. Over the next decade, Vermont is projected to have an average of 41,123 openings per year in over 500 occupations.”
A few years ago, my daughter was unable to find a decent job in VT upon graduation from the nursing program at Norwich U. As a travel nurse, she was able to earn good money/paid off her hefty college loan debt last year including the Parent Plus loan as agreed upon. Mind you, Norwich U went from $38k to $58k during her time there. She had a half scholarship, but still…now, who in their right mind would want to work as a nurse in VT with the exception of travel nurses?
Another mention: Prop5/Article 22, if passed in VT, would force nurses and doctors to perform/participate in abortion procedure; not a good way to attract nurses.