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Top careers for NYC entry-level professionals in 2014

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The New Year is approaching and, with it, new opportunities for employment.

According to the Federal Reserve, the unemployment rate across the United States is projected to fall as low as 6.5 percent next year.

Although New York City's unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in October 2013, up from 8.5 percent in September, the news is not all dismal. The number of jobs in the city has increased to 3.98 million (Record High for Number of Jobs in New York City), a rise expected to continue into 2014.

The New York State Department of Labor published a list of the projected growth rates of specific occupations in New York. So what careers might an entry-level professional living in the city consider?

Health and Medicine
With baby boomers growing older, there will be an increased need for medical professionals. Personal and home care aides, home health aides, physician assistants, physical therapist aides, dental hygienists, dental assistants, medical assistants, physical therapists, and mental health counselors all make the top 20 fastest growing jobs in the New York region.

Technology
New York City’s technology sector has grown rapidly since the 2007 recession (Watch out, Wall Street: report says tech is now NYC's second-largest sector), and is projected to continue, with electrical equipment assemblers, network systems and data communications analysts, electronics engineers, and engineering technicians making the list.

Science
Biochemists, biophysicists, medical scientists, and environmental scientists top high on the charts. With healthcare improvements expected and climate change an ever rising concern, jobs in the science and pharmaceutical industries will be profitable and abundant.

Finance
Despite there being 13.5 percent fewer jobs in this industry than before the recession, the city’s financial sector is still its most profitable. The job of a financial examiner made the top 20 fastest growing occupations in the New York region, with a projected increase of 26.2 percent.

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