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The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants has 16 member search firms in Massachusetts, mainly located in Boston, but also in Harvard, Wellesley and Burlington.  These search firms employ approximately 30 executive recruiters in the Boston area who specialize in executive job placements in IT, Financial Services, Health Services / Medical / Hospital, Service Industry, Manufacturing, professional services, and pharmaceuticals / biotech.

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Boston is considered one of the top business cities in the United States, and is the largest city in New England. Major industries hiring for executive positions include finance, technology, research and development, tourism, medicine, education, food processing, printing and publishing, and government.

Within the IT executive job sector, Boston and its metropolitan area ranked as the fourth-largest city in the United States. Only New York, Washington DC, and Silicon Valley offer more opportunities for IT executives.  Boston also rated among the top 10 cities in the world for careers in financial services.  The Boston metropolitan area is also a major hub for pharmaceutical companies, offering ample opportunities for executive jobs in pharmaceuticals or biotechnology.

In general, the executive job market in Boston is very strong.  The city ranks first in the United States in terms of jobs per square mile, ahead of New York City and Washington, D.C.  Executives considering job opportunities in Boston will note that among the many companies in the area, five Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the city.  These include: Liberty Mutual, Iron Mountain, Cabot, NSTAR and State Street Corp.  Other Fortune 500 companies, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies Genzyme and Biogen Idec, are located in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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