If you are looking for a new direction for your career, you wouldn’t be making a mistake if you chose the Massachusetts high-tech industry. According to a recent report in the Boston Business Journal, jobs in our state’s high-tech sector grew at the second-highest rate in the nation. Only Maryland’s rate was higher. And, Boston was ranked No. 6 for job growth in this field in major cities.


The BBJ report cited the national Bureau of Labor Statistics in crediting Massachusetts with a 5.5 percent growth rate, compared to Maryland’s rate of 5.9 percent. And, Maryland’s rate always is skewed by how many jobs are generated by federal government operations in that state.


The report analyzed statistics for computer jobs related to design and other similar services, and covered the period beginning in August 2011 through this August. Maryland and Massachusetts topped Texas and New York, both considered high-tech hubs.


Boston finished as the sixth-largest metro area in the country for high-tech jobs. According to the report, an average of 3,500 opportunities in computer systems design and related services are available each day in the Boston area. New York City, the Washington-Baltimore metro area, California’s Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Los Angeles all placed ahead of Boston.


However, what all this means is that the high-tech industry in our state and in Boston is doing very well. The addition of these new jobs indicates a thriving industry that could offer you a new direction for your new career.