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Top 20 Growing Occupations by Net Growth

2015-2017 Top 20 Growing Occupations by Net Growth

Retail Salespersons is projected to be the top growing occupation with 2,026 new jobs. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers is predicted to gain an additional 1,318 jobs. In all, the top 20 could account for 15,327 new jobs during the 2015 to 2017 period.

SOC Code

SOC Title

Net Growth

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

2,026

11-9013

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

1,318

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

1,233

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

987

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

920

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

829

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

819

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

815

41-2011

Cashiers

796

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

635

11-1021

General and Operations Managers

580

41-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

571

41-4012

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

569

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

568

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

503

29-1141

Registered Nurses

502

43-5081

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

485

43-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

417

43-6014

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

377

51-2092

Team Assemblers

377

Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Growth

2015-2017 Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Growth

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is expected to increase by 16.85 percent making it the fastest growing occupation. Six of the occupations in this list are estimated to increase by more than 10 percent and 18 occupations are expected to raise employment by more than 7.50 percent.

SOC Code

SOC Title

Percent Growth

51-4122

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

16.85%

51-6063

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

13.85%

49-9045

Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons

12.50%

47-4041

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

10.22%

43-5011

Cargo and Freight Agents

10.17%

51-4052

Pourers and Casters, Metal

10.11%

47-3014

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

9.73%

53-7041

Hoist and Winch Operators

9.62%

49-3052

Motorcycle Mechanics

9.43%

15-2031

Operations Research Analysts

9.34%

53-4031

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

8.80%

47-2081

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

8.64%

47-2132

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

8.44%

15-1122

Information Security Analysts

8.23%

53-7021

Crane and Tower Operators

8.03%

49-9097

Signal and Track Switch Repairers

8.00%

31-2011

Occupational Therapy Assistants

7.90%

47-2131

Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

7.76%

47-3013

Helpers--Electricians

7.38%

51-9122

Painters, Transportation Equipment

7.07%

Top 20 Growing Occupations by Annual Openings

2015-2017 Top 20 Occupations by Annual Openings

Retail Salespersons is projected to have the most annual openings with 2,495 anticipated for the 2015-2017 projection period. The top eight occupations are estimated to have over 1,000 annual openings. The top 20 occupations are forecast to account for 19,863 annual job openings during the 2015-2017 projection period.

SOC Code

SOC Title

Annual Openings - Total

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

2,495

41-2011

Cashiers

1,994

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

1,560

11-9013

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

1,555

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

1,293

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

1,184

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

1,093

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,044

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

848

43-5081

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

802

29-1141

Registered Nurses

741

11-1021

General and Operations Managers

712

41-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

686

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

662

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

600

41-4012

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

572

39-9011

Childcare Workers

564

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

499

51-2092

Team Assemblers

484

35-1012

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

475