Tennessee has three major regions, appropriately labeled East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Each of these three regions contains a major metropolitan area: East TN has Knoxville; Middle TN has Nashville; West TN has Memphis.
Smaller secondary cities play important regional economic roles as well. These major economic centers, combined with a variety of economic outputs, result in Tennessee being the 17th largest economy in the nation in 2015, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council.
According to America's Career InfoNet (www.careerinfonet.org), the following employers, listed in no particular order, represent just some of the many large employers in the state of Tennessee:
- Vanderbilt University and Medical Center
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Eastman Chemical Company
- University of Tennessee
- Nissan North America, Inc.
According to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development (www.tennessee.gov), the following list represents a projection of top ten fastest-growing occupations in the state of Tennessee through 2022:
- Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Skincare Specialists
- Physician Assistants
- Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
- Interpreters and Translators
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Nurse Midwives
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
The above list is grouped according to the numerical employment change of each occupation. Numerical employment change is the projected number of job openings minus the current (or base) number of job openings. Numerical employment change is important to consider along with percentage employment change when determining the growth (or decline) of an occupation.