Job opportunities in NYC that come with training

New York City has emerged from the pandemic as a land of opportunity, and in areas where talent is scarce, there are new paths workers can take to get the right credentials.

“New York’s superpower has long been and continues to be its people,” said Yael Taqqu, managing partner at consulting firm McKinsey. “The region has one of the most educated, productive and diverse workforces on the planet.”

What type of workers exactly will be in demand in 2023 and beyond? We turned to experts at hiring and talent strategy provider ManpowerGroup, recruiting solutions leader iCIMS, and the New York City Economic Development Commission for answers. This is where they expect to see the strongest growth in the new year.

Restaurants and hotels

New York is on track to attract 61.7 million visitors in 2023 according to Tiffany Townsend, executive vice president of global communications at NYC & Company. This means providing millions of exceptional dining, hotel stays and entertainment options.

Food service titles range from cooks, sous chefs, bakers, butchers, grocery store managers, and even cake decorators. Salary ranges from $15 per hour to over $200,000 per year. No experience? See if you qualify for training through First Course NYC’s apprenticeship program.

First Course NYC’s apprenticeship program provides training for the restaurant and hospitality trades.
Stefano Giovannini

Recreational Cannabis

The arrival of this industry in New York will bring with it a range of jobs: budtenders (customer-facing salespeople), retail dispensary managers, weed messengers and security guards; growers, growers, trimmers, site managers, production workers and more. So for New Yorkers who have been waiting for the city’s recreational-use dispensaries to open, it’s time to polish up the resume.

Damian Fagon, director of equity at the New York State Office of Cannabis Management, predicts that the recreational cannabis market will be huge, and since major initiatives in New York are just beginning, opportunities for career growth are substantial. Pay rates vary, from minimum wage to six figures.

Cannabis store employees.
The arrival of the cannabis industry in New York will bring a series of new jobs.
Stefano Giovannini

Health care

New Yorkers continue to age, and viruses like COVID-19, RSV, and influenza have strained an already stressed system.

“We need more nurses. We will always need more nurses,” said Jim McCoy, senior vice president of enterprise solutions at Manpower Group. Nursing schools, he explained, are at capacity and not producing enough graduates to meet national demand. Ditto for physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

New York City is working to fill this gap by offering free training programs that prepare New Yorkers for healthcare jobs. They include a citywide nursing residency program as well as a program to help internationally educated nurses improve their English and pass the NYS RN licensing exam.

Nursing schools are at capacity and not producing enough graduates to meet national demand.

Offshore wind

A state-of-the-art offshore wind port facility for manufacturing and assembling wind turbine components is coming to Staten Island, bringing with it jobs few have experience with.

As a result, New York State is providing funding to the College of Staten Island to help select industry-interested New Yorkers access high-quality, hands-on lab experiences and courses focused on offshore wind and renewable energies.

A jobs center is planned for the waterfront, which the city says will focus on “well-paying manufacturing and industrial jobs, including the delivery of a comprehensive hiring and wage program that supports communities. and creates opportunities at scale, with a focus on opportunities for those living in historically underrepresented communities.

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Wind turbines at sea.
A state-of-the-art offshore wind port facility for manufacturing and assembling wind turbine components is coming to Staten Island.

Medical billing

These workers submit medical bills and deal with insurance companies, and must be specially trained for the job. It’s not impossible to learn on the job, but the best opportunities require certification and/or an associate’s degree.

New York City has partnered with LaGuardia Community College, Weill Cornell Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System and Harvard Business School Club of New York to provide free training to those who qualify. Medical billing specialists typically earn around $40,000 and up in the New York area, with certificate holders earning more.


Preschool and primary school teachers are leaving the sector faster than others are entering. “We’ve lost 300,000 educators and 88,000 educators since the pandemic started and they haven’t come back,” McCoy said.

While the traditional route to becoming a teacher is to earn a degree in education, New York City offers programs such as NYC Teaching Fellows and NYC Teaching Collaborative, which can help some with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines to enter faster in education. New York public school teachers earn between $56,011 and $81,773, according to

New York City offers programs that may help some with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines get into education faster.
David McGlynn

Software developers

“One in 10 jobs in the United States is as a software developer,” McCoy said. While colleges, universities and technical schools are the usual route, New York City and its partners have created an alternative route into the field through free training.

Software developers earn between $90,290 and $160,000, according to


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