Florida Careers: The Fastest Growing Careers in Florida (FL)
Looking for a job in the Sunshine State? Whether you're a longtime Floridian or just getting ready to move south, you may want to consider a career in nursing, food preparation, customer service or home health services. Read on to learn more about these and other fast-growing fields in Florida.
Florida's Fastest-Growing Careers
In the current economy, job hunting can be especially daunting. It's difficult to find a stable career when high unemployment figures are persisting across the country. However, there are still professions in each state that are expected to grow over the next decade.
On 'America's Career InfoNet,' the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) tracks the nation's most in-demand occupations. The DOL's latest figures are based on average annual job openings and projected growth in the number of employees between 2008 and 2018. The following are the top ten fastest growing careers for Florida:
|Profession||Projected Need for Employees 2008 - 2018||Percentage Growth|
|Registered nurses (RNs)||36,280||18%-26%|
|Food preparation & service workers||23,830||9%-17%|
|Customer service representatives||21,700||9%-17%|
|Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants||18,230||18%-26%|
|Home health aides||17,380||over 27%|
|Elementary school teachers||12,260||9%-17%|
|Stock clerks & order fillers||11,970||0%-8%|
|Accountants & auditors||11,280||9%-17%|
From the Career InfoNet, www.careerinfonet.org.
Almost all of these careers come from industries that are experiencing high growth around the country, including health care, hospitality, retail, financial services, business administration and education.
Finding the Right Job For You
However, just because a field has a lot of job openings, that doesn't mean that it will be a good fit for you. If you're interested in pursuing one of these fast-growing professions, you may also want to consider training requirements and salary potential.
|Profession||Typical Required Training||Average Salary in 2010|
|Registered nurses (RNs)||Associate's degree||$67,720|
|Food preparation & service workers||On the job||$21,240|
|Customer service representatives||On the job||$32,780|
|Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants||Certification or licensing||$25,140|
|Home health aides||On the job||$21,760|
|Postsecondary teachers||Bachelor's or graduate degree||$64,370|
|Retail salespeople||On the job||$25,000|
|Elementary school teachers||Bachelor's or graduate degree||$54,330|
|Stock clerks & order fillers||On the job||$23,790|
|Accountants & auditors||Bachelor's or graduate degree||$68,960|
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov.
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