Alabama Job Outlook: Overview of the Fastest Growing Careers
Searching for a new job in Alabama? Consider seeking employment in one of the state's rapidly growing fields, which include retail, food service and nursing. Read on to learn more about the fastest-growing careers in Alabama.
Alabama's Fastest-Growing Careers
Job hunting can be a challenge in today's struggling labor market. With national unemployment rates just over nine percent and Alabama's unemployment rate at 9.6%, the availability of jobs is an important consideration for individuals seeking new careers.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) collects data on the most in-demand occupations in each region. Their tables are based on current annual job openings and projected growth between 2008 and 2018. The top ten fastest-growing careers in Alabama are:
|Profession||Projected Need for Employees 2008 - 2018||Percentage Growth|
|Food preparation & service workers||9,140||18%-26%|
|Registered nurses (RNs)||8,290||9%-17%|
|Customer service reps||5,390||18%-26%|
|Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers||4,860||9%-17%|
|Waiters and waitresses||4,360||9%-17%|
|Cleaners & janitors, except household maids||4,310||9%-17%|
|Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping clerks||4,240||9%-17%|
Source: America's Career InfoNet from the DOL (www.careerinfonet.org)
All of the above careers are in industries that are growing relatively quickly throughout the U.S. These include hospitality, retail, healthcare, business administration, financial services and advanced manufacturing.
Which Career Is Right For You?
Although job availability is an important part of identifying a new career path, it isn't the only factor that you should consider. In addition to your personal interests and skills, you may also want to think about training requirements and potential earnings. This information is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
|Profession||Typical Required Training||Average Salary in 2010|
|Retail salespeople||On the job||$25,000|
|Food preparation & service workers||On the job||$18,610|
|Registered nurses (RNs)||Associate's degree||$67,720|
|Team assemblers||On the job||$29,220|
|Customer service reps||On the job||$32,780|
|Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers||On the job||$39,450|
|Office clerks||High school diploma, basic computer skills||$28,240|
|Waiters and waitresses||On the job||$20,790|
|Cleaners & janitors, except household maids||On the job||$24,560|
|Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping clerks||On the job||$35,340|
Source: BLS (www.bls.gov)
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