Did you know that the Greater Reading, PA and Berks County, PA area is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation for industry and job growth? It’s true! According to the Berks County Workforce Development Board, our workforce is made up of about 207,600 individuals, with around 192,000 currently employed. This makes Berks County one of three Pennsylvania counties tied with the 45th-lowest unemployment rate in the state.
Throughout our community, our locals work in a variety of bold and exciting industries that offer ample opportunity for career growth, exceptional wages, and multiple unique career paths. Learn more right here!
As of March 2021, the manufacturing industry in Berks County, PA employs approximately 28,900 individuals. This reflects an addition of about 400 new jobs since February 2021, when the industry employed 28,500 people.
Entry-level pay in this local industry is around $26,380 per year, more than the statewide average entry level pay for production and manufacturing jobs. Seasoned professionals can expect to earn about $41,710 per year on average; again, more than Pennsylvania’s statewide average pay for this industry.
Key manufacturing businesses in the Greater Reading Area include the East Penn Manufacturing Company, IFS Industries, and Summit Steel.
According to the Berks County Workforce Development Board, the Greater Reading Area’s healthcare and social assistance industry employs approximately 28,500 people as of March 2021. This local industry has seen an increase of 200 jobs since February 2021, when it employed 28,300 individuals.
Entry-level pay in the Berks County healthcare and social assistance industry ranges between $17,770-$22,850 per year for personal care and service and healthcare support respectively, while healthcare practitioners and technicians can expect starting pay of around $42,650. For both ranks, this entry-level pay is higher than the statewide average.
Experienced workers in this field can expect average pay between $27,430-$30,210 per year for personal care and service and healthcare support respectively, which is higher than the statewide average, and $86,410 per year for medical practitioners and technicians, which is nearly $9,000 more than the statewide average in this industry.
Key healthcare and social assistance organizations in the Berks County area include Reading Hospital, Tower Health Medical Group, and Saint Joseph Medical Center.
As of March 2021, the Berks County construction industry employs around 7,500 people, with 300 new jobs having been added since February 2021, when this industry employed 7,200 individuals.
Entry-level pay in the local construction and extraction industry begins at around $36,050 per year, about $3,500 more than the PA average. Tenured construction and extraction workers in the Greater Reading area typically earn around $55,480 per year, more than the statewide average.
Key construction companies in the Berks County area include the Carpenter Technology Corporation and DESCCO Design & Construction.
The Berks County Workforce Development Board reports that the local transportation, warehousing, and utilities industry currently employs around 7,800 people as of March 2021.
Entry-level pay in this industry begins at around $21,900 per year. Experienced transportation, warehousing and utilities employees in the Greater Reading Area typically make about $35,730 per year.
Key transportation companies found throughout Berks County, PA include Wal-Mart Associates and Penske Truck Leasing.
Entry-level pay in the Greater Reading Area’s agriculture industry begins at around $20,740 per year, more than the statewide average. Established agricultural workers in the Berks County area typically make $31,030 per year on average.
Key agricultural organizations in Berks County, PA include Land O Lakes and Clover Farms. Browse more farms here.
Entry-level pay for Berks County employees in the education industry is about $26,430 per year, while long-standing educators in the area make about $56,850 per year on average.
Key education organizations in the Greater Reading Area include Reading School District, Boyertown Area School District, and Governor Mifflin School District.