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Data: Fastest Growing Occupations in New York

While some concerns about college focus on its cost, SUNY campuses actually have some of the best value  – the combination of cost and quality – in the nation. But what about when it comes to actually finding a job? Many fields continue to offer amazing career prospects for students entering or currently in college. But how do we know what to focus on? With all the talk about how college graduates can’t find jobs, it can be easy for students to get discouraged.

Luckily, all the doom and gloom may not be as bad as you think. If you’re looking to match a career path with your areas of study in college, there are many opportunities in a variety of fields, even for students and recent graduates. You’re still better off with a college education than without; graduates tend to earn more and the unemployment rate has consistently been lower among college graduates than those with only a high school diploma.

The graph below shows an anticipated growth sample of the top 10 job fields between 2008-2018 according to the The New York State Department of Labor. (PS – In 2018, freshmen entering college this fall will graduate!)

Prospective job growth of top 10 fields in New York's Capital Region between 2008-2018.

*Except Computer Engineers
**Except Epidemiologists
Data shown for job prospects in New York’s Capital Region

Health professions have a big future in a variety of niches, from personal aides to biochemists to physical therapists. Technology related fields including electronics manufacturing and networking should have similarly strong growth.

Students thinking about a career in any of these areas have tons of options with SUNY. Want to take an online class to get a taste? Open SUNY has you covered:


EngineeringOpen SUNY

Electrical Engineering



Computer Information Systems

As SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in her 2013 State of the University address, “Investing in a low cost, high quality college education is simply the best investment anyone… can make”.  Take advantage of the opportunities SUNY has to offer!

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    Written by Jack Fischer

    Jack was a student assistant in the Office of Communications of the State University of New York in summer 2014 as an undergraduate student at Binghamton University majoring in computer science.




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