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

May 11, 2018

Arkansas offers many opportunities for today's job seeker. Though in 2016 Arkansas ranked 34th in terms of labor force size, a number of fields are expanding like never before.

Arkansas: Unemployment and Salary Info

According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the state led the U.S. in terms of GDP growth in 2016. Economic growth has been reported as steady in recent years. As of March 2018, the state's unemployment rate is 3.8%, which is below the national average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2017 that the mean hourly wage for Arkansas workers is $19.49.

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 in the state are as follows:

  • Physician assistant
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist aide
  • Radiation therapist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Phlebotomist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Medical assistant
  • Physical therapist

Each of these careers ranks in the top 29 in the state for projected growth through the year 2024, according to CareerOneStop (

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 2024 include:

  • Information security analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer user support specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Web developer
  • Software developer
  • Computer hardware engineer

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 taken for fun, such as classes in online dating or watercolor painting)
  • Residential advisor
  • Recreation worker

Other Rapidly Expanding Career Fields

From cooking to teaching, there are several diverse occupations that are also on the rise in Arkansas. A few more hot jobs waiting for you in this state are as follows:

  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor (33% growth)
  • Postsecondary social sciences teacher (32% growth)
  • Restaurant cook (32% growth)
  • Mechanical insulation worker (30% growth)
  • Rail car repairer (30% growth)
  • Biomedical engineer (29% growth)
  • Postsecondary criminal justice and law enforcement teacher (29% growth)
  • Food preparation and serving worker (26% growth)
  • Septic tank servicer and sewer pipe cleaner (26% growth)
  • Ambulance attendant and driver, except EMT (25% growth)
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