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6/8/2014 9:35:41 AM

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Types of local job openings will change in near future

Utica Observer-Dispatch

Nearly halfway through the decade in which retail and sales, the food service industry and home health care are projected to provide the Mohawk Valley with the most job openings, a shift in the employment landscape appears to be on the horizon.

Every two years the state Department of Labor projects which areas of industry will feature the most new and replacement jobs. The last round, which focused on 2010 to 2020, found:

* Retail and sales should add a combined 500 jobs annually.

* Food service and preparation should add 360 jobs a year.

* Home health and personal care aides should add 350.

What those projections don’t take into account, however, is the potential for the 7,000 estimated high-tech jobs that are expected in the coming years thanks to the Computer Chip Commercialization Center scheduled to open this year at SUNYIT, the planned Marcy nanocenter and the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance’s drone program at Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

“Health care, retail and restaurants will still be very important to the area, and I expect them to continue to grow ... but you have to keep in mind things that are not yet added to the mix,” said Alice Savino, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties. “In addition to

the high-tech jobs that we do know that will be coming, there will also be all sorts of support jobs that will bring in even more. We don’t have a crystal ball, but I think these growth projections will look much different in the future.”

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