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    Jobs in demand in Massachusetts

    What occupations are growing through 2022 — and what kind of degree do they require?

    These careers — listed with the degrees they usually require for an entry-level position — are among those expected to grow most in Massachusetts through 2022.

    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA / GED REQUIRED
    US employers will hire 479,500 administrative assistants through 2022.
    Career
    Job openings per year
    Customer Service Representatives - an average salary in Massachusetts of $39,620
    1,928
    Office Clerks - an average salary in Massachusetts of $33,860
    1,513
    First-Line Supervisors of Office Staff - an average salary in Massachusetts of $59,500
    1,247

    ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE REQUIRED
    Registered nurses make median pay of $65,470 in the US - employers will hire 526,800 in the next eight years.
    Career
    Job openings per year
    General and Operations Managers - an average salary in Massachusetts of $131,290
    1,712
    Preschool Teachers (except special ed.) - an average salary in Massachusetts of $34,410
    684

    BACHELOR'S DEGREE REQUIRED
    Software developers make about $93,350 in the US - more than 200,000 will be hired through 2022 nationwide.
    Career
    Job openings per year
    Accountants and Auditors - an average salary in Massachusetts of $77,630
    1,545
    Management Analysts - an average salary in Massachusetts of $104,650
    1,017
    Software Developers (Systems) - an average salary in Massachusetts of $113,250
    1,011

    MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIRED
    US employers will hire 114,100 social workers through 2022; they now make a median of $44,200.
    Career
    Job openings per year
    Health Care Social Workers - an average salary in Massachusetts of $56,570
    448
    Mental Health Counselors - an average salary in Massachusetts of $41,550
    350
    College and University Administrators - an average salary in Massachusetts of $100,760
    304

    STEM POSITIONS ADDING THE MOST STATE JOBS THROUGH 2022
    Career
    New jobs total
    Registered Nurses - associate's required
    14,577
    Software Developers (Systems) - bachelor's required
    6,261
    Software Developers (Apps) - bachelor's required
    5,584
    Computer Systems Analysts - bachelor's required
    4,017
    Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses - professional certificate required
    3,599

    HIGHEST PAID JOBS IN THE STATE (HINT: THEY'RE IN MEDICINE)
    Career
    Salary
    Surgeons
    $240,700
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    $231,040
    Anesthesiologists
    $219,160
    Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    $209,610
    General Internists
    $207,140

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    Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development