Georgia Career Info: Jobs that Are on the Rise in Georgia (GA)

Nicknamed the Peach State, Georgia is also known as a producer of pecans and peanuts, but does the state produce jobs? Get an idea of which jobs are expected to grow in this state and which might see a decline over the next several years.

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In April 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that Georgia had a labor force of more than 5.1 million; in the same month, the BLS showed that unemployment in the state stood at 4.3%, marking the lowest rate for the state so far in 2018. As of May 2017, according to the BLS, the average hourly wage for Georgia workers is $22.69, which is below the national average of $24.34. The following provides information about fastest growing and fastest declining jobs in the state, as well as those jobs with the most openings.

Fastest Growing Georgia Careers

Healthcare workers in Georgia, especially those in the physical therapy field, can expect to see careers in this field grow at a faster rate than many other types of occupations. In 2016, the Georgia Department of Labor presented long-term occupational projections for the 2014-2024 period, and the following jobs top this list:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Hearing Aid Specialists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Physical Therapists

Georgia Occupations with the Most Openings

Though the above lists those jobs that are projected to see the most growth, this does not mean they will have the most openings. Below you will find those occupations that the Georgia Department of Labor has determined will have the most job openings through 2024; these types of jobs are mostly entry-level, and many are jobs that people tend to move on from via advancement or career changes:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
  • General Office Clerks

Georgia Careers with Declining Employment

For various reasons, some jobs in Georgia will simply not be in demand over the 2014-2024 decade. According to the Georgia Department of Laobr, the following occupations are among those expected to lose positions by the year 2024 across the state. Each of the following will see a decline of at least 940 positions over the decade:

  • Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Fast Food Cooks
  • Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Sewing Machine Operators
  • Tellers
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
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