Ohio Careers: Top Career Opportunities in Ohio (OH)

Anyone interested in fast-growing Ohio careers should read this article. Brief facts and occupation projections are included so you know which Ohio occupations will be in demand in the years to come.

Ohio Overview

The major metropolitan areas of Ohio include Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo. A 2014 census report states that Columbus, the capital, had the most residents in the city proper, with a population of 835,957. This is over twice as many people as Cleveland, which is the second-largest city in the state. According to America's Career InfoNet, in 2012-2013, Ohio ranked 7th in the nation in both population and labor force. Livestock, soybeans, wool, motor vehicles, fabricated metals natural gas and coal are just some of the variety of goods produced, raised, mined or grown throughout Ohio.

Ohio's Top Employers

The top five employers in the state of Ohio according to America's Career InfoNet are as follows:

  • Ohio State University
  • Battelle (a marketing research and polling organization)
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Ohio Health
  • Proctor and Gamble

The largest of these is Ohio State University, which employs 23,000 people, as of 2015.

Fastest-Growing Jobs in Ohio

The top ten projected fastest-growing jobs in Ohio in terms of numerical change from 2012-2022 are as follows, according to America's Career InfoNet:

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Skincare Specialists
  • Postsecondary Healthcare Specialties Teachers
  • Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Electrician Helpers

Take percent change and numeric change into consideration when determining how in-demand a career will be. Numeric change is the total number of projected openings minus the actual or base year number of openings per occupation. Percent change is how quickly that occupation is expected to be growing (higher percentage equals faster growth).

We can better understand the difference between these two stats by looking at the projected job growth of industrial-organizational psychologists in Ohio. While this occupation is expected to see 61% growth from 2012-2022, which is very fast, that growth translates to only 20 more jobs in the state.

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