Alabama's Fastest-Growing Careers
Job hunting can be a challenge in today's struggling labor market. With national unemployment rates at 5.0% percent and Alabama's unemployment rate at 6.0% in December 2015, 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. Its tables are based on current annual job openings and projected growth between 2012 and 2022. The top ten fastest-growing careers in Alabama are:
|Profession||Projected Employment in 2022||Percentage Growth|
|Engine and Other Machine Assembler||3,430||60%|
|Orthotists and Prosthetist||270||54%|
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||530||50%|
|Personal Care Aide||15,650||46%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||1,630||45%|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||2,680||43%|
|Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic||410||42%|
|Helper - Brickmason, Blockmason, Stonemason and Tile and Marble Setter||490||42%|
|Biological Science Teacher, Postsecondary||2,460||42%|
|Insulation Worker, Mechanical||770||41%|
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. Others include transit and ground passenger transportation, alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, waste collection, financial services, and management, scientific and technical consulting services.
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||Median Salary in 2014|
|Retail salespeople||On the job||$21,670|
|Food preparation & service workers||On the job||$19,560|
|Registered nurses (RNs)||Bachelor's degree||$66,640|
|Team assemblers||On the job||$29,280|
|Customer service reps||On the job||$31,200|
|Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers||Postsecondary non-degree award||$39,520|
|Office clerks||On the job||$28,670|
|Waiters and waitresses||On the job||$18,730|
|Cleaners & janitors, except household maids||On the job||$22,840|
|Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping clerks||Some college||$36,430|
Source: BLS (www.bls.gov)