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Top 20 Growing Occupations by Net Change

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food is projected to be the top growing occupation with 1,460 new jobs.  Registered Nurses is predicted to gain an additional 1,001 jobs.  In all, the top 20 could account for 11,753 new jobs during the 2017 to 2019 period.

SOC Code SOC Title 2017 Estimated Employment 2019 Projected Employment Numeric Change
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 30,737 32,197 1,460
29-1141 Registered Nurses 25,182 26,183 1,001
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,258 36,112 854
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,690 20,448 758
39-9021 Personal Care Aides 17,248 17,986 738
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,214 24,858 644
11-9013 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 61,973 62,615 642
31-1014 Nursing Assistants 18,593 19,212 619
21-2011 Clergy 8,582 9,197 615
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 21,142 21,733 591
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 19,053 19,612 559
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 10,131 10,540 409
39-9011 Childcare Workers 12,788 13,193 405
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 17,045 17,424 379
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 14,661 15,036 375
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 12,620 12,987 367
51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers 9,431 9,796 365
47-2111 Electricians 6,162 6,492 330
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 12,854 13,176 322
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9,601 9,921 320

Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Change

Rail Car Repairers is expected to increase by 25.49 percent making it the fastest growing occupation.  Four of the occupations in this list are estimated to increase by more than 10 percent and all 20 occupations are expected to raise employment by more than 6.75 percent each, averaging 9.42 percent.

SOC Code SOC Title 2017 Estimated Employment 2019 Projected Employment Percent Change
49-3043 Rail Car Repairers 357 448 25.49%
15-2011 Actuaries 57 66 15.79%
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 2,688 2,976 10.71%
19-3022 Survey Researchers 58 64 10.34%
43-4181 Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 389 426 9.51%
51-6063 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 170 186 9.41%
51-2091 Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators 409 447 9.29%
13-2053 Insurance Underwriters 589 643 9.17%
47-2132 Insulation Workers, Mechanical 171 185 8.19%
29-1071 Physician Assistants 617 666 7.94%
17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters 520 561 7.88%
53-7041 Hoist and Winch Operators 89 96 7.87%
17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters 150 161 7.33%
29-1171 Nurse Practitioners 1,719 1,844 7.27%
21-2011 Clergy 8,582 9,197 7.17%
17-1022 Surveyors 618 662 7.12%
47-3015 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 450 482 7.11%
31-2011 Occupational Therapy Assistants 296 317 7.09%
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants 1,111 1,187 6.84%
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 3,144 3,357 6.77%

Top 20 Occupations by Annual Openings

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, Including Fast Food is projected to have the most annual openings with 6,430 anticipated for the 2017-2019 projection period.  The Top 20 occupations on this list are expected to generate 64,493 job openings annually during the 2017-2019 time period.

SOC Code SOC Title 2017 Estimated Employment 2019 Projected Employment Annual Openings-Total
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 30,737 32,197 6,430
41-2011 Cashiers 33,839 33,901 6,315
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 37,585 37,894 5,539
11-9013 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 61,973 62,615 4,888
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,258 36,112 4,182
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 19,053 19,612 3,903
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,214 24,858 3,636
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 28,637 28,917 3,474
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,690 20,448 2,947
39-9021 Personal Care Aides 17,248 17,986 2,834
31-1014 Nursing Assistants 18,593 19,212 2,414
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 17,045 17,424 2,364
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 17,551 17,793 2,345
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 20,942 20,967 2,239
39-9011 Childcare Workers 12,788 13,193 2,066
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 21,142 21,733 2,018
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 16,109 16,323 1,796
29-1141 Registered Nurses 25,182 26,183 1,794
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 14,661 15,036 1,672
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 10,131 10,540 1,637