As N.H. economy grows, teachers’ jobs are shrinking

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, a students work in a seventh grade accelerated math class at Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush, N.Y. The Diocese of Albany, New York, announced recently that it will reduce the frequency of the Common Core-aligned tests while sticking with the standards. The decision coincides with a call by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for “a total reboot” of the Common Core after his state became the epicenter of anti-testing sentiment. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Ask a youngster what she wants to be when she grows up, and she might tell you a doctor, a teacher, a scientist or a pilot.

Three of those four jobs are projected to be among the fastest-growing fields in New Hampshire over the next year and a half.

Then, on the other hand, there are teachers, who will have fewer opportunities available than they do now, if New Hampshire Employment Security’s jobs forecast comes to pass.

Total employment is supposed to grow 1.6 percent between the end of 2016 and the end of 2018, adding more than 11,000 jobs and boosting almost all sectors. But the education industry is the odd man out, expected to contract by 508 jobs, according to the most recent update of the short-term employment predictions released this month by the labor bureau.

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