Career Opportunities in Western Mass

Match your skills to what local employers need

With input from local employers throughout Western Massachusetts, the Healthcare Workforce Partnership identified over 30 “Priority Occupations.” These jobs were chosen because:

  1. They represent a rapidly changing career path that may need different training or skills in the near future.
  2. There is an anticipated future need for qualified workers in these fields that can’t be easily filled by the existing workforce.

When you are planning a career, looking ahead at the skills and training required can help you select the right education and training path to match your needs and those of your potential employer.

The organizations engaged in the Healthcare Workforce Partnership are actively working to update and improve access to existing programs as well as create new ones so that hat job seekers can better prepare for careers in these priority occupations.

Exploring local health careers
Thinking about career opportunities in “clusters” can help you find a career that matches your skills and interests as well as practical concerns, such as length of time in school or work schedule demands. It also may introduce you to a new career.

Explore the clusters of related occupations below to find a career that is a perfect match for you.


What do employers need?
Computer skills? People skills? Advanced degrees? Learn what local employers are looking for.

Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related.
Question 1 Explanation: 
True. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry.