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Top 20 Growing Occupations by Net Change

2016-2018 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 1,661 new jobs. Retail Salespersons is predicted to gain an additional 1,535 jobs. In all, the top 20 could account for 16,394 new jobs during the 2016 to 2018 period.

SOC Code

SOCTitle

Net Change

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

1,661

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

1,535

11-9013

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

1,465

41-2011

Cashiers

1,139

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

963

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

865

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

833

29-1141

Registered Nurses

737

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

714

11-1021

General and Operations Managers

705

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

697

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

681

43-6014

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

674

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

648

41-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

540

35-1012

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

518

47-2061

Construction Laborers

517

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

502

21-2011

Clergy

501

43-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

499

Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Change

2016-2018 Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Change

Pourers and Casters, Metal is expected to increase by 15.45 percent making it the fastest growing occupation. Seven 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 7.50 percent.

SOC Code

SOC Title

Percent Change

51-4052

Pourers and Casters, Metal

15.45%

47-3014

Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons

14.98%

49-3052

Motorcycle Mechanics

13.59%

47-2081

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

13.02%

47-2131

Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

12.03%

25-4013

Museum Technicians and Conservators

10.34%

49-3051

Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

10.05%

47-2132

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

9.09%

25-4012

Curators

8.70%

47-3011

Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

8.62%

47-2141

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

8.60%

17-1021

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

8.47%

47-3012

Helpers--Carpenters

8.20%

29-1071

Physician Assistants

7.91%

47-4021

Elevator Installers and Repairers

7.81%

47-3013

Helpers--Electricians

7.80%

51-6091

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

7.78%

47-2044

Tile and Marble Setters

7.69%

47-2161

Plasterers and Stucco Masons

7.69%

51-9081

Dental Laboratory Technicians

7.69%

Top 20 Occupations by Annual Openings

2016-2018 Top 20 Occupations by Annual Openings

Cashiers is projected to have the most annual openings with 2,312 anticipated for the 2016-2018 projection period. The top six occupations are estimated to have over 1,000 annual openings. The top 20 occupations are forecast to account for 20,857 annual job openings during the 2016-2018 projection period.

SOC Code

SOCTitle

Annual Openings- Total

41-2011

Cashiers

2,312

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

2,256

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

1,888

11-9013

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

1,724

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

1,414

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

1,306

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

982

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

928

29-1141

Registered Nurses

876

11-1021

General and Operations Managers

831

43-5081

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

784

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

691

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

685

41-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

667

31-1014

Nursing Assistants

636

39-9011

Childcare Workers

609

43-6014

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

593

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

576

35-1012

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

557

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

542