Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, including Fast Food with a numeric change of 6,872 jobs, is projected to be the top growing occupation thru 2026. Personal Care Aides is slated to add 6,533 to its workforce. In all, the top 20 growing occupations for the 2016-2026 time frame are expected to add 57,882 jobs to the Arkansas job market.
The fastest growing occupation thru 2026 is projected to be Physician Assistants with 40.36 percent change expected. Personal Care Aides is slated to be second, growing at a rate of 38.16 percent. Eleven of the occupations on this list are directly connected to the healthcare field. Several other occupations are indirectly connected to the health and wellbeing of others. The average percent change among these top 20 fastest growing occupations is 32.43 percent.
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