In-Demand Occupations Report


Complete In-Demand Occupations Report

2017 In-Demand Occupations Typical Entry Level Education

Top Occupations and Labor Market Overview

SOC Occupational Title 2016 Wages 2016 Employment New Jobs in Occupation Due to Growth by 2024 Total Openings Due to Growth and Replacements by 2024 Jobs Above or Below National Average Typical Entry-level Education
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers $33.53 2,960 641 1,210 (777) High school diploma or equivalent
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers  $27.38 2,700 714 1,110 (2,386) High school diploma or equivalent
15-1132  Software Developers, Applications $44.23 1,950 980 1,350 (4,143) Bachelor's degree
15-1121  Computer Systems Analysts $40.25 1,930 646 900 (2,547) Bachelor's degree
11-1021  General and Operations Managers $50.32 17,600 4,661 9,120 (1,412) Bachelor's degree
15-1151  Computer User Support Specialists $23.76 2,480 585 840 (2,524) Some college,
no degree
13-1161  Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $26.59 2,090 663 870 (1,918) Bachelor's degree
15-1142 Network and computer Systems Administrators $43.40 1,590 373 570 (1,457) Bachelor's degree
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $17.39 2,090 1,137 1,690 (2,219) High school diploma or equivalent
 49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General $21.45 13,910 3,522 7,010 1,710 High school diploma or equivalent
11-3051 Industrial Production Managers  $44.66 760 233 440 (706) Bachelor's degree
11-9041 Architectural and Engineering Managers  $65.17 1,010 241 510 (585) Bachelor's degree
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers $42.40 610 327 500 (1,526) Bachelor's degree
17-2071 Electrical Engineers $43.39 580 361 460 (869) Bachelor's degree
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $21.45 1,790 646 1,130 (1,290) High school diploma or equivalent
11-9199 Managers, All Other $45.34 5,930 470 2,960 1,380 Bachelor's degree
17-2051 Civil Engineers $41.40 1,850 363 930 (649) Bachelor's degree
51-9199 Production Workers, All Other $20.89 1,084 462 660 (1,065) High school diploma or equivalent
17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians  $34.26 930 482 750 (326) Associate's degree
47-2111 Electricians $28.94 5,830 2,412 3,190 944 High school diploma or equivalent
15-1134 Web Developers $30.73 650 315 420 (263) Associate's degree
47-2061 Construction Laborers $19.72 8,090 3,163 4,970 (388) No formal educational credentials
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses  $25.31 2,340 401 1,060 (3,541) Postsecondary non-degree award
49-9044 Millwrights $25.67 220 147 200 (86) High school diploma or equivalent
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other $31.05 2,880 466 840 823 Bachelor's degree
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products $26.37 1,950 496 1,070 (544) Bachelor's degree
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products  $36.55 1,070 384 640 (1,553) Bachelor's degree
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $17.50 2,560 654 1,310 (1,779) No formal educational credentials
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand  $14.33 23,610 5,748 12,170 1,949 No formal educational credentials
17-2199 Engineers, All Other $50.17 610 113 250 (438) Bachelor's degree
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors $30.78 7,810 2,577 4,780 (2,921) Bachelor's degree
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software $41.97 970 272 380 (2,132) Bachelor's degree
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanic $28.09 1,540 633 980 (1,127) High school diploma or equivalent
17-3029 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other  $33.38 310 49 140 (255) Associate's degree
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery $23.47 330 157 240 (317) High school diploma or equivalent
29-1069  Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $99.99 1,370 359 730 (1,124) Doctoral or professional degree
29-1171 Nurse Practitioners $48.41 580 293 420 (521) Master's degree
29-1141 Registered Nurses $39.16 19,470 3,864 8,570 (4,457) Bachelor's degree
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers  $24.60 10,640 2,367 3,870 (1,876) High school diploma or equivalent
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $19.96 840 228 440 (508) Associate's degree
51-8031 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator  $29.59 650 89 290 (335) High school diploma or equivalent
49-3031  Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists $26.32 1,550 520 780 (485) High school diploma or equivalent
15-1143 Computer Network Architects  $43.83 520 57 110 (674) Bachelor's degree
17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians $23.94 260 51 90 (157) Associate's degree
19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health  $32.26 760 129 360 (24) Bachelor's degree
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers  $16.74 9,650 3,548 6,540 1,976 High school diploma or equivalent
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers  $49.72 2,080 468 1,000 (646) Bachelor's degree
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers  $26.05 1,910 1,130 1,540 (383) Postsecondary non-degree award
15-1122 Information Security Analysts $35.57 360 N/A N/A (433) Bachelor's degree
51-4041 Machinists $19.08 1,000 521 800 (2,093) High school diploma or equivalent
13-1111 Management Analysts $39.23 3,110 646 1,130 (1,670) Bachelor's degree
29-1071 Physician Assistants $59.70 550 360 530 (274) Master's degree
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks $24.70 3,400 1,015 1,560 2,167 High school diploma or equivalent
13-1051 Cost Estimators $29.45 1,820 676 1,210 24 Bachelor's degree
17-2081 Environmental Engineers $38.52 350 92 190 (111) Bachelor's degree
51-9198 Helpers - Production Workers $12.23 1,981 459 1,050 (1,773) No formal educational credentials
11-9051 Food Service Managers $29.89 2,360 647 1,360 517 High school diploma or equivalent
17-2131 Materials Engineers $43.19 100 12 50 (104) Bachelor's degree
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialist $34.59 560 72 180 (34) Bachelor's degree
19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists  $41.95 20 16 80 (45) Bachelor's degree
17-2151 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $43.89 480 43 180 410 Bachelor's degree
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products  $31.07 9,140 2,087 3,820 (3031) High school diploma or equivalent
29-1051 Pharmacists $57.67 2,200 402 870 (296) Doctoral or professional degree
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers $22.92 10,370 2,772 4,530 (4,133) Postsecondary non-degree award
21-1014 Mental Health Counselors $23.22 680 123 270 (417) Master's degree
19-3031  Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $33.00 460 155 290 (294) Doctoral or professional degree
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers  $56.36 1,460 374 530 (1.348) Bachelor's degree
21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers  $26.00 580 68 180 (371) Bachelor's degree
47-2073  Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators $27.88 2,470 740 1,130 (515) High school diploma or equivalent
47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons $23.42 670 307 370 122 High school diploma or equivalent
13-1081 Logisticians $31.11 320 71 110 (442) Bachelor's degree
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  $18.18 360 52 160 (731) High school diploma or equivalent
47-2181 Roofers $18.16 1,420 621 830 316 No formal educational credentials
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors of Trans. & Material-Moving  $25.58 1,570 404 900 (118) High school diploma or equivalent
51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  $20.57 640 31 170 353 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2171  Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers $27.72 110 38 50 (37) High school diploma or equivalent
47-5021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas $26.76 686 85 260 508 High school diploma or equivalent
39-1011 Gaming Supervisors $27.01 6,150 269 3,590 5,920 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance $20.72 3,120 1,126 1,870 655 No formal educational credentials
53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators $26.00 310 79 120 (93) High school diploma or equivalent
11-9071 Gaming Managers $46.96 540 16 170 502 High school diploma or equivalent
47-5081 Helpers - Extraction Workers $20.03 420 58 110 228 High school diploma or equivalent
47-5042 Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators  $29.87 960 2 180 907 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters $23.99 3,630 1,147 1,500 210 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2221 Structural Iron and Steel Workers $26.11 260 130 200 (160) High school diploma or equivalent
17-1022 Surveyor $33.45 440 53 190 35 Bachelor's degree
29-9012 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians $29.90 120 34 60 (7) High school diploma or equivalent
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers $22.53 950 594 880 (153) High school diploma or equivalent
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers $20.22 1,890 782 980 476 No formal educational credentials
47-2031 Carpenters $22.06 9,530 3,363 4,860 2,599 No formal educational credentials
47-2081 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers $19.39 1,390 421 500 572 No formal educational credentials

    Additional Considerations

    The list of top occupations in table 1 will not necessarily capture a few economy wide, high-demand occupations because they fall outside the scope of the private sector companies seated on the eight Industry Sector Councils. The most important of these would be educators where across the economy teachers ranked number 15 out of 94 in the list of top occupation at an aggregate level. Because educators are needed to train for every occupation listed, whether at the K-12 or postsecondary level, they too are in high-demand and should be considered for priority training and development. The chart below shows the total jobs in 2016, the number of jobs above or below the National average and the average hourly earnings.

       SOC 6-digit Description Rank  2016 Jobs  Jobs Above or Below National Average  Avg Hourly Earnings   
       25-2000 Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers 15 26,722 (9,775) $23.95  Preschool: Associate’s degree Others: Bachelor’s degree
       25-3000 Other Teachers and Instructors 61 9,730 (2,738) $15.43 Bachelor's degree
       25-1000 Postsecondary Teachers 87 8,550 (4,682) $31.06 Doctoral or professional degree