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Growth Occupations in Arkansas thru 2024

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Top Growing Occupations

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, including Fast Food with a net growth of 6,137 jobs, is projected to be the top growing occupation thru 2024. Retail Salespersons and Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers are in the top three for net growth with 5,179 and 4,325 jobs respectively.

SOC
Code

SOC Title

2014 Estimated Employment

2024 Projected Employment

Net Growth

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

24,044

30,181

6,137

41-2031

Retail Salespersons

39,941

45,120

5,179

11-9013

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

53,667

57,992

4,325

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

36,494

40,384

3,890

29-1141

Registered Nurses

22,203

25,618

3,415

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

19,542

22,841

3,299

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

9,256

12,175

2,919

39-9021

Personal Care Aides

16,418

19,263

2,845

31-1014

Nursing Assistants

18,275

21,079

2,804

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

18,683

21,151

2,468

43-9061

Office Clerks, General

32,357

34,753

2,396

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

24,806

27,019

2,213

35-1012

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

8,996

11,132

2,136

11-1021

General and Operations Managers

17,921

19,837

1,916

41-2011

Cashiers

31,814

33,582

1,768

41-4012

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

14,295

16,041

1,746

43-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

14,834

16,505

1,671

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

19,375

20,946

1,571

41-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

17,824

19,280

1,456

43-5081

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

16,542

17,938

1,396

 

Fastest Growing Occupations

The fastest growing occupation thru 2024 is projected to be Occupational Therapy Assistants with 53.55% growth expected. Physical Therapist Aides is expected to grow by 44.55% during the period, and Physical Therapist Assistants rounds out the top three fastest growing occupations with 41.76% growth expected.

SOC Code

SOC Title

2014 Estimated Employment

2024 Projected Employment

Percent Growth

31-2011

Occupational Therapy Assistants

282

433

53.55%

31-2022

Physical Therapist Aides

422

610

44.55%

31-2021

Physical Therapist Assistants

1,123

1,592

41.76%

29-1071

Physician Assistants

311

430

38.26%

29-1124

Radiation Therapists

199

275

38.19%

29-1171

Nurse Practitioners

1,082

1,475

36.32%

29-1123

Physical Therapists

1,786

2,421

35.55%

15-2041

Statisticians

154

207

34.42%

15-2031

Operations Research Analysts

429

574

33.80%

21-1011

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

563

749

33.04%

19-4092

Forensic Science Technicians

150

199

32.67%

35-2014

Cooks, Restaurant

9,256

12,175

31.54%

29-1122

Occupational Therapists

986

1,294

31.24%

49-3043

Rail Car Repairers

217

283

30.41%

47-2132

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

149

193

29.53%

29-1066

Psychiatrists

380

492

29.47%

25-1111

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

119

154

29.41%

51-4012

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

222

286

28.83%

31-9097

Phlebotomists

927

1,191

28.48%

25-1112

Law Teachers, Postsecondary

109

140

28.44%

Minimum Employment = 100