In-Demand Occupations in America’s Biggest Cities

Published on Oct 14, 2009

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

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We thought it would be interesting to show the most in-demand occupations over the last week in the three biggest U.S. cities — New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. These are the most up-to-date listings available via EMSI has translated them over to SOC codes to give planners and decision-makers a good sense of what’s happening in their regions.

We’ve chosen a 30-mile radius around a particular ZIP code for each city.

NEW YORK CITY (Lower Manhattan):

The top three occupations (Computer specialists, Registered nurses, Sales Managers) will become a prevalent theme here. It’s interesting for this part of NYC, however, that Computer specialists has more than double the postings of any other occupation — and even more than Registered nurses and Sales managers combined.


This time, the top three are the same, but Sales Managers is No. 2 in this part of Chicago. It’s also interesting that all 10 occupations between NYC and Chicago are the same; they are just ordered differently.


One occupation that makes the top 10 in just L.A. is Computer software engineers, system software. IT-related jobs, in fact, are scattered throughout these lists.

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