Arkansas Job Outlook: Overview of Hot Careers in Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas offers many opportunities for today's job seeker. Though in 2013 Arkansas ranked 34th in labor force and had an unemployment rate of 7.5%, a number of fields are expanding like never before.

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Careers in the Health Care Field

Health care is one of the hottest fields everywhere these days, and Arkansas is no exception. Health care workers are in short supply. Some of the jobs in greatest demand are:

  • Personal care aide
  • Postsecondary health specialties teacher
  • Postsecondary nursing instructor and teacher
  • Physician assistant
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Home health aide
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Radiation therapist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Medical secretary
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Audiologist

Each of these careers ranks in the top 25 in the state for projected growth through the year 2022, according to America's Career InfoNet (

Careers in the Information Technology (IT) Field

Information technology (IT) is also an expanding field in Arkansas. IT jobs that are projected to increase by at least 13% by 2022 include:

  • Information security analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer user support specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Web developer

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Careers in the Personal Services Field

As the economy continues to improve, Arkansas residents have more leisure time and income with which to pursue self-improvement projects. This has led to growth in the field of personal services, and increased job openings in such occupations as:

  • Concierge
  • Self-enrichment education teacher (this is a teacher of non-academic, non-vocational courses, the kind of classes you take for fun such as classes in online dating or watercolor painting)
  • Residential advisor
  • Recreation worker

Other Rapidly Expanding Career Fields

A few more hot jobs waiting for you in Arkansas are as follows:

  • Skincare specialist (40% growth)
  • Meeting, convention and events planner (31% growth)
  • Insulation workers (30% growth)
  • Restaurant cook (30% growth)
  • Postsecondary philosophy and religion teacher (28% growth)
  • Mental health counselor (28% growth)
  • Postsecondary vocational education teacher (28% growth)
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