Iowa Career Guide: Fastest Growing Iowa (IA) Careers

May 21, 2018

Did you know that Iowa is the only state in the U.S. that is abbreviated with two vowels (IA)? There may be more you don't know about Iowa, but if you want to live and work there, check out these details about the fastest growing and fastest declining careers in the state.

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Facts About Iowa

In 2018, Iowa had a labor force of nearly 1.7 million. In 2016, the median household income was just over $56,200. As of April 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that the unemployment rate in the Hawkeye State was 2.8%, far below the national average of 3.9%. Workers in Iowa were paid an average hourly wage of $21.50 as of May 2017, according to the BLS.

Fastest Growing Iowa Careers

As is true about most states in the U.S., healthcare seems to be a safe bet when it comes to starting a career in Iowa. Half of the top ten fastest-growing careers in the state are in the healthcare field. The following lists the ten careers that are expected to see the most growth in Iowa through 2024, according to CareerOneStop:

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Statisticians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides

Iowa Careers with the Greatest Number of Openings

Mostly entry-level jobs will have the greatest number of openings in Iowa over the 2014-2024 period. This is a widely varied list, with careers in retail, healthcare, food preparation and business, and these fields will see from 950 openings to more than 2,000 openings annually. Occupations that will see the largest number of job openings in Iowa include the following, based on data from CareerOneStop:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers
  • General Office Clerks

Careers That Will Decline in Iowa

Not all occupations are as fortunate as those listed above. Some job titles will see no growth or steady decline through 2024 in the state of Iowa, whether due to automation, a decline in the overall industry or other factors. Per CareerOneStop, these occupations include:

  • Switchboard Operations, Including Answering Service
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
  • Postal Mail Sorters, Processors and Processing Machine Operators
  • Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
  • Metal and Plastic Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
  • Foundry Mold and Coremakers
  • Metal and Plastic Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators and Tenders
  • Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers
  • Parking Enforcement Workers
  • Postal Service Clerks
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