Kansas Career Guide: Overview of Hot Careers in Kansas (KS)

May 23, 2018

With lower than average unemployment figures and several growing occupations and industries, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz might have been right: when it comes to Kansas, there's no place like home. Check out the hottest careers you can consider if you live in or are relocating to Kansas.

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Kansas Economical Facts

When you look at the figures, Kansas looks like a good place to be: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a workforce of nearly 1.5 million and an unemployment rate of just 3.4% as of April 2018, unchanged since February (the national rate stood at 3.9% in April 2018). In May 2017, the BLS showed that the average hourly wage for Kansas workers is $21.43.

Fastest Growing Kansas (KS) Careers

Computer-, marketing- and healthcare-related occupations will be among those expected to be the highest in demand through 2024 in Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the top occupations in terms of greatest percent change over the 2014-2024 period are as follows:

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Logisticians
  • Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Home Health Aides
  • Marketing Managers
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Web Developers
  • Computer Systems Analysts

Top Industries in Kansas

Several specific industries are expected to experience growth in the state of Kansas through 2024. According to the state's Department of Labor, those industries that will see the most positive changes in terms of growth are as follows, with each of these seeing at least a 20% change in employment:

  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Crop Production
  • Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
  • Mining (except Oil and Gas)
  • Social Assistance
  • Nonstore Retailers
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
  • Support Activities for Transportation
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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