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Marlborough Master Plan Executive Summary (Marlborough, Massachusetts)

Marlborough Master Plan Executive Summary (Marlborough, Massachusetts)

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Published by Lee Wright
The 90 page "executive summary" to the Marlborough, MA master plan developed by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation and published in September 2011. The Introduction and the complete plan (383 pp) are also available here.
The 90 page "executive summary" to the Marlborough, MA master plan developed by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation and published in September 2011. The Introduction and the complete plan (383 pp) are also available here.

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In this section, the Consultants report, that labor market specialists familiar with the Marlborough
labor market reported that employers have some difficulty filling jobs at very high and very
low skill positions.
At the highest skill levels, specialized education and knowledge is required,
e.g., civil engineers, energy efficiency engineers, experienced specialized nurses. Many of the
lowest skill occupations, such as cleaning and maintenance, require night shift work, which
sometimes presents transportation and child care issues for low wage (low skill) workers. The

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) has
identified 53 “high-demand, high-wage, high-skill occupations” in the Commonwealth.

These industries meet the following criteria:
• A projected 2006-2016 growth above the average employment growth rate for all occupations and
having at least 1,000 net total job openings.

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• Average wages at least 25 percent more than the $39,700 median salary reported for Massachusetts in
2008 (i.e. $49,625 or above).
• Minimum education or training requirements of long-term on-the- job training lasting 1 or more years
(includes positions with higher requirements including work experience in a related occupation; post-
secondary vocational training; associate’s degree; bachelor’s degree; master’s degree; doctoral
degree; first professional degree (e.g., M.D. J.D) ).
The Consultants also show the selection of these occupations relevant to Marlborough growth
industries, as well as, state-level projections for growth between 2006 and 2016. These
projections anticipate rapid growth in computer and mathematical science, life and physical
science and health care occupations.
Rapid growth in the larger occupations such as health
care and business and financial operations will add many new jobs to the state economy.

Continued access to a regional, highly educated workforce will help ensure that
Marlborough captures a share of growth in these desirable, high wage occupations.

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