Top 10 Occupations by Education Level, Career Watch 2017

Different occupations need different types of training. Some require only on-the-job training, while others require an advanced degree. The jobs listed below are projected to be the top growing occupations by education level through 2017.

Based on State of Arkansas’ 2016-2018 Short-term Occupational Projections Net Growth

High School or Less
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Retail Salespersons
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Personal Care Aides
Waiters and Waitresses
Office Clerks, General
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 


Associate Degree or Vocational Training

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Nursing Assistants
Teacher Assistants
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Medical Assistants
Computer User Support Specialists
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, Cosmetologists

Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Registered Nurses
General and Operations Managers
Business Operations Specialists, All Other
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Accountants and Auditors
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Computer Systems Analysts
Management Analysts

Retail Salesperson

Emergency Medical Technician