Pennsylvania Career Outlook: Fastest Growing Pennsylvania (PA) Careers

If you want to start out or change to a fast-growing career in Pennsylvania, read the following article. Inside, you'll find brief economic facts and occupation projections for the hottest jobs in the state of Pennsylvania.


According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, Pennsylvania ranks 6th in the nation for gross domestic product (GDP) by state with a gross state product of approximately $677.8 billion in 2015, www.bea.gov. This is due largely to the fact that Pennsylvania runs the economic gamut from agriculture to manufacturing to tourism.

The top six private employers in the state of Pennsylvania according to America's Career Info Net, www.careerinfonet.org, are as follows:

  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Highmark, Inc.
  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center

The largest of these, Philadelphia International Airport, employs about 99,999 people.

Fast-Growing Pennsylvania Occupations

The following ten occupations represent the top ten projected occupations in Pennsylvania through 2022 based on numeric employment change according to the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, www.paworkstats.state.pa.us. In other words, the following jobs are projected to have the most openings through 2022. For example, the category 'retail salespersons' is expected to have 195,000 total openings through the year 2022.

  1. Retail Salespersons
  2. Cashiers
  3. Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers
  4. Registered Nurses
  5. Waiters & Waitresses
  6. Laborers & Freight, Stock & Materials Movers
  7. Customer Service Representatives
  8. Office Clerks, General
  9. Home Health Aides
  10. Janitors & Cleaners

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