Detroit Career Outlook & Overview of the Fastest Growing Jobs

A diversified economy is helping Detroit recover from the loss of many manufacturing jobs and keeping it a vital, growing city with rich history in music and culture. Read on to find out where the hottest jobs are in Detroit, Michigan.

Overview of Detroit

Incorporated as a city in 1815, Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. Recent economic figures available for the Detroit area were published in a 2015 report by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC), which indicated that Detroit saw a 12.2% job growth in the private sector between 2009 and 2014, a rise in median home values and innovative advances in healthcare.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that as of March 2018, the Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn area had a 5% unemployment rate, which was higher than the 4.1% national average. As of May 2016, the BLS further reports, the average hourly wage for those working in that same area was $24.76, which was slightly higher than the national average.

Fastest-Growing Occupations

Many architecture/engineering, physical labor and computer jobs became available in Detroit from 2009-2014, according to the DRCC. Through 2019, however, the following occupations were projected to see the most growth in this region:

  • Healthcare support
  • Personal care and services
  • Life, physical and social service occupations

Largest Employers

Manufacturing, education and healthcare-related companies and organizations led the list of the top employers in Detroit, according to the DRCC. Below are the top 10 largest employers in the region in 2016:

  • Ford Motor Co.
  • General Motors
  • University of Michigan
  • Beaumont Health
  • U.S. Government
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Ilitch Companies
  • Trinity Health Michigan
  • Rock Ventures

Distribution of Job Participation

The distribution of employment is fairly even across several areas, such as healthcare, government, manufacturing and retail. The following list reflects the distribution of employment in industries in 2015, as determined by the DRCC:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance: 322,159 (14%)
  • Government: 310,780 (13%)
  • Manufacturing: 288,790 (12%)
  • Retail Trade: 252,711 (11%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: 204,915 (9%)
  • Other: 197,307 (9%)
  • Accommodations and Food Services: 194,185 (8%)
  • Administrative/Support/Waste Management/Remediation Services: 162,719 (7%)
  • Wholesale Trade: 91,632 (4%)
  • Other Services (Except Public Administration): 85,337 (4%)
  • Finance and Insurance: 80,337 (3%)
  • Construction: 79,436 (3%)
  • Transportation and Warehousing: 64,557 (3%)

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