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Top 20 Growing Occupations by Numeric Change

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food is projected to be the top growing occupation with 1,795 new jobs.  In all, three occupations are expected to gain over 1,000 new jobs.  The top 20 could account for 11,681 new jobs during the 2019 to 2021 period. The projections contained in this publication do not reflect the economic and workforce impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Many of these impacts were only partially known in April, two months after statewide projections were processed.

SOC Code SOC Title 2019 Estimated Employment 2021 Projected Employment Numeric Change
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 38,586 40,381 1,795
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,356 39,543 1,187
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 15,008 16,115 1,107
39-9021 Personal Care Aides 18,461 19,293 832
29-1141 Registered Nurses 26,402 27,107 705
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 10,938 11,565 627
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 20,939 21,494 555
21-2011 Clergy 13,516 14,025 509
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 18,635 19,139 504
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,054 19,506 452
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 21,854 22,300 446
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 12,358 12,768 410
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 8,234 8,601 367
51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers 10,821 11,171 350
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 13,225 13,554 329
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 10,129 10,443 314
47-2111 Electricians 6,315 6,618 303
13-1111 Management Analysts 7,060 7,358 298
31-1014 Nursing Assistants 18,764 19,061 297
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 5,961 6,255 294

Top 20 Growing Occupations by Percent Change

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers is expected to increase by 19.13 percent making it the fastest growing occupation.  Nine of the occupations in this list are estimated to increase by at least 10 percent and all 20 occupations are expected to raise employment by more than 7.38 percent each, averaging 10.26 percent. The projections contained in this publication do not reflect the economic and workforce impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Many of these impacts were only partially known in April, two months after statewide projections were processed.

SOC Code SOC Title 2019 Estimated Employment 2021 Projected Employment Percent Change
51-6091 Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 115 137 19.13%
51-6031 Sewing Machine Operators 1,057 1,245 17.79%
49-9096 Riggers 211 239 13.27%
13-1131 Fundraisers 756 852 12.70%
51-2091 Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators 543 604 11.23%
53-4013 Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers 111 123 10.81%
53-4021 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators 108 119 10.19%
31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,032 1,136 10.08%
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 340 374 10.00%
51-4052 Pourers and Casters, Metal 83 91 9.64%
51-4012 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 97 106 9.28%
49-2093 Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment 276 300 8.70%
31-2011 Occupational Therapy Assistants 321 348 8.41%
29-1131 Veterinarians 667 722 8.25%
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 3,051 3,292 7.90%
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 966 1,041 7.76%
17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 92 99 7.61%
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists 2,201 2,367 7.54%
39-3031 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 651 700 7.53%
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 15,008 16,115 7.38%

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 7,929 anticipated for the 2019-2021 projection period.  The Top 20 occupations on this list are expected to generate 65,186 job openings annually during the 2019-2021 time period. The projections contained in this publication do not reflect the economic and workforce impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Many of these impacts were only partially known in April, two months after statewide projections were processed.

SOC Code SOC Title 2019 Estimated Employment 2021 Projected Employment Total Annual Openings
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 38,586 40,381 7,929
41-2011 Cashiers 31,072 30,964 5,797
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 38,618 38,747 5,715
11-9013 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 54,591 54,279 5,252
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,356 39,543 5,023
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 18,635 19,139 3,877
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 28,610 28,808 3,536
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 21,854 22,300 3,290
39-9021 Personal Care Aides 18,461 19,293 3,047
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,054 19,506 2,765
31-1014 Nursing Assistants 18,764 19,061 2,267
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 12,358 12,768 2,123
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 15,008 16,115 2,067
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 10,938 11,565 1,905
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 17,498 17,390 1,898
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 16,549 16,564 1,828
29-1141 Registered Nurses 26,402 27,107 1,780
21-2011 Clergy 13,516 14,025 1,744
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 15,398 15,541 1,692
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 12,157 12,182 1,651