Delaware Career Guide & Top Growing Career Opportunities

According to the latest estimates in 2018, Delaware had a population of just over 971,000; in April 2018, the state's labor force was 481,000. Read on to find out about the fastest growing jobs in the state of Delaware.

A Look at Delaware Unemployment and Wage Statistics

Delaware's unemployment and wage statistics closely match those of the entire U.S. In April 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 4.2% unemployment rate in Delaware (3.9% national). The good news: unemployment has fallen steadily since the beginning of 2018. The average hourly wage for those working in Delaware is $25.10 as of May 2017, the BLS states; the average hourly rate in the U.S., according to the BLS, is $24.34.

The following breaks down the largest employers in Delaware, along with the state's top jobs in the areas of healthcare, education, computers and construction. All of the information on these careers is derived from America's Career InfoNet, which is a resource provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Top Ten Employers in the State of Delaware

Led by healthcare industries, there are several employers in Delaware that have and will continue to employ large numbers of residents. The following were the largest employers in Delaware, based on 2018 info from America's Career InfoNet:

  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Christiana Hospital
  • US 436 Military Airlift Wing
  • Mountaire Farms of Delaware
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • Bayhealth Milford Memorial
  • Ncc911
  • Allen Harim Foods, LLC
  • Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Division of Aging & Adult

Jobs in Healthcare

With a few of the state's top employers in the healthcare industry, there is little surprise that many of Delaware's fastest growing careers are in healthcare services. Among the jobs expected to be in high demand from 2014-2024 are the following, which all place within the top 20 fastest growing jobs in the state:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Physical Therapist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Health Technologist and Technician
  • Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonorapher
  • Physician Assistant

Jobs in Education

Teachers at the college level in specific areas can find numerous job opportunities in Delaware through 2024. The following are in the top 50 fastest growing occupations in the state for those seeking employment in the education field:

  • Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
  • Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
  • Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
  • Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
  • Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

Jobs in Computers

Certain analytical and developmental careers in computers are also expected to be in demand in Delaware from 2014-2024, with several jobs projected to see 13% growth or more and placing in the top 100 fastest growing careers in the state. These job titles include:

  • Web Developers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

Jobs in Construction and Manufacturing

A number of jobs listed in the top 50 of the fastest growing in Delaware are in the construction and manufacturing industries and are projected to see 18% growth or more. Here are a few of those occupations:

  • Millwright
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Mechanical Insulation Workers
  • Electrician Helpers
  • Carpenter Helpers
  • Machine Feeders and Offbearers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • HVAC and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

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