Idaho Career Guide: Fastest Growing Idaho (ID) Careers

May 18, 2018

Idaho has a lot of open land, fresh air and job opportunities to offer its residents. With low unemployment rates in the state, you may want to consider searching for a job in Idaho. Discover some high-growth careers.

Idaho Facts

As of 2016, Idaho's labor force was over 800,000 strong. In 2015, the median household income was $47,600. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the unemployment rate in this state stood at 2.9% in March 2018, far below the national average of 4.1%. In addition, the BLS shows that the average hourly rate for workers in Idaho across all occupations was $20.31 in 2017. So where are the fastest growing jobs in the Gem State?

Fastest Growing Careers in Idaho (ID)

Numerous jobs will be added in various areas through 2024 in Idaho. In the healthcare field, major growth is expected for the following in particular:

  • Hearing Aid Specialists (46%)
  • Skin Care Specialists (46%)
  • Home Health Aides (41%)

Many of the top 25 fastest-growing careers in Idaho are those involving physical labor, such as the following:

  • Painter's Helpers (45%)
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons (44%)
  • Helpers of Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters (44%)
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers (44%)
  • Bicycle Repairers (41%)

A few computer-related occupations also appear in the top 50 fastest-growing careers in Idaho; these include the following:

  • Web Developers (52%)
  • Applications Software Developers (41%)
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists (38%)

Also among the top 25 fastest-growing jobs in Idaho are the following, which are found in wide-ranging industries such as science, personal services and real estate:

  • Fundraisers (59%)
  • Mathematicians (59%)
  • Manicurists/Pedicurists (57%)
  • Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists (44%)
  • Hairdressers/Hairstylists/Cosmetologists (43%)
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers (41%)
  • Property, Real Estate and Community Association Managers (41%)

Careers with the Most Openings in Idaho

Cashiers will see the largest number of positions added to their sector by 2024; over 8,000 openings are expected annually in Idaho. Coming in second are food preparation and serving workers, including fast food, who will have approximately 7,000 job openings annually. Other occupations that will have a large number of job openings include the following, which will all see at least 3,000 annual openings:

  • Farmers, Ranches and Other Agricultural Managers
  • General Office Clerks
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers

Idaho Careers with a Decrease in Available Positions

Electronic equipment installers and repairers for motor vehicles will lose the largest percentage of available jobs in the coming years in Idaho. These workers will see a decrease of about 39% in available jobs by the year 2024. The following jobs will also see a significant decline over that decade:

  • Locomotive Firers (-34%)
  • Watch Repairers (-33%)
  • Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (-25%)
  • Transit and Railroad Police (-25%)
  • Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic (-20%)
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