In-Demand Careers in Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley’s continued economic success depends on a workforce that has the skills and attributes employers value in a rapidly changing world.  LVEDC is a leader in assessing the region’s talent market and strengthening the talent pipeline for in-demand jobs.

LVEDC, in collaboration with education and business partners, developed these Hot Career guides covering major job sectors in the Lehigh Valley economy.  These guides provide a clear visual representation of career opportunities and provide a basis for meaningful career exploration based on individual interests.

The occupations listed below are among the most commonly sought by Lehigh Valley employers, based on LVEDC research of job postings for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. On each page of the guide, the listed occupations are linked to provide more detailed information including tasks required while on the job, skills and abilities needed to be successful, and daily activities among others. Click on each occupation of the appropriate PDF for more information.

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing is important to Lehigh Valley’s economy and job market. We’ve seen continued overall growth, especially among companies that make food and beverages, medical devices, electrical equipment, and pharmaceuticals. Lehigh Valley has 34,000 Manufacturing jobs, including 18,000 in businesses defined as Advanced Manufacturing.

Architecture & Construction

Jobs in this sector are essential to the continued growth and expansion of Lehigh Valley’s economy. The 17,000 people in Lehigh Valley who work in these jobs design and build homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and factories where we live, learn, and work.

Business Services

Jobs represent a cross-section of professional services in Lehigh Valley, from engineering to the arts, and from finance to customer service. Professional and business services employ more than 27,000 people in the region.

Education & Training

The education sector not only prepares people for future careers, it also is a significant source of jobs. Teachers, school administrators, college professors, and technical instructors are among Lehigh Valley’s 28,000 education jobs.

 

Government, Law, Public Safety

Government, law, and public safety offer a wide range of career options for people interested in public service. Among the 11,000 people employed in this sector are lawyers, police officers, firefighters, public health workers, and program administrators.

Health Care

Health Care is Lehigh Valley’s largest employment sector, with more than 58,000 jobs. The Health Care sector covers a broad range of occupations including finance and administration, and human services, as well as nurses, doctors, and other professionals who care for patients.

Hospitality & Tourism

More than 25,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley support entertainment, food services, the arts, and tourism. Hospitality and tourism are responsible for $1.7 billion in economic output in the region.

Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

The sector has added more than 10,000 Lehigh Valley jobs in the last 10 years to support rapid growth in online retail, given our strategic location within 500 miles of one-third of the U.S. population. More than 30,000 people work in the region’s distribution, fulfillment, and logistics facilities.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

By the Numbers
$40.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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11% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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$3.65 Billion

Exports

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Air Products
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$62,489

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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26,000

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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669,899

Population

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Olympus
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345,260

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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26.1% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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Mack Trucks
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UGI
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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.4 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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BB&T
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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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Seedcopa
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10,328 degrees awarded by colleges and universities

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Fuling
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81,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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26.97%

Population between ages 18 and 34

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