Alabama Job Outlook: Overview of the Fastest Growing Careers

Searching for a new job in Alabama? Consider seeking employment in one of the state's rapidly growing fields, which include healthcare, assembly work and construction trades. Read on to learn more about the fastest-growing careers in Alabama.

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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.

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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)

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