Employment in New Hampshire
The top industries in New Hampshire include advanced manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare. Tourists flocking to New Hampshire to enjoy autumn leaves and visit historic sites help support over 46,000 hospitality jobs in the state. The seacoast and Upper Valley — home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center — feature major hubs for biomedical research.
Unemployment in New Hampshire has declined to near pre-pandemic levels as COVID-19-related restrictions ease. As of June 2021, unemployment stood at 2.9% — not far from 2019's low of 2.6%.
New Hampshire ranks among the 10 most highly educated states, as 37% of state residents have earned at least a bachelor's degree.
The cost of living in New Hampshire is somewhat above the national average, indexed at 105.4, with 100 as the average. However, New Hampshire charges no income or sales tax, meaning each paycheck stretches further. The mean annual wage in New Hampshire reached $56,730 as of May 2020, with top earners including physicians and architectural and engineering managers.
The following information explores the highest-paying roles employing more than 1,000 individuals in New Hampshire. Salary information applies specifically to New Hampshire, while job growth data pertains to the United States as a whole.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
The following data reflects the highest-paying roles employing more than 2,500 professionals in New Hampshire. Salary figures apply specifically to New Hampshire, while job growth data refers to the entire United States. Each role requires a bachelor's degree.
Most Common Careers in New Hampshire
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
||Annual Mean Wage (2020)
||Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)
|Wholesale Sales Representatives
||Depends on industry: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering
|Accountants and Auditors
|Project Management Specialists
||Depends on industry: Business, Computer Information Systems, Mathematics
Online Associate Degrees
An online associate degree can prepare students to start entry-level careers or pursue bachelor's degrees. Most associate programs take two years to complete. Learners can apply transfer credits from most associate programs toward four-year bachelor's degrees. Many programs use asynchronous delivery, allowing students to complete materials at their own pace rather than attending classes at specific times.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities expanded their online degree offerings. New Hampshire's colleges and universities feature hundreds of unique online associate degree programs. Plus, with 16 New Hampshire colleges belonging to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, students can be rest assured that degrees earned online will receive national and international recognition.
Popular online options include business administration, accounting, and criminal justice. The state also offers niche sectors, including data analytics and digital photography. Graduates with degrees in marketing and healthcare administration can work in New Hampshire's booming hospitality and healthcare industries.
Online Graduate Degrees
Looking to further your career and earn an advanced degree from the comfort of your home? An online graduate program might be right for you. Many of New Hampshire's colleges offer fully online and hybrid master's programs and doctoral degrees. Hybrid programs require occasional visits to campus for some courses or labs, while learners can complete 100% online programs from anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection.
Unlike on-campus courses, faculty deliver many virtual courses asynchronously, which may offer a good fit for people seeking degrees while continuing to work. Additionally, some online programs offer reduced tuition or accelerated pathways.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutes transitioned to online learning. Today's online learners benefit from expanded course and degree offerings. However, some degrees require in-person attendance for required labs or clinicals. Research your field's requirements before pursuing an online degree.
Popular graduate degrees include master of business administration and human resources management degrees. Thanks to New Hampshire's growing biomedical research and advanced manufacturing fields, individuals looking to pursue master's degrees in data science or operation and supply chain management will find plenty of opportunities. Several schools in the state offer these programs online.