Overview of Kentucky's Fastest Growing Careers

Across a wide variety of occupations, the job outlook in Kentucky is positive. Kentucky had the 27th-largest labor force in the nation in 2017, and it is poised to grow even more. Read on to find out more about the fastest-growing careers in the Bluegrass State.

A Look at Kentucky Economics

With a population of more than 4.4 million and a labor force of more than 2 million, Kentucky seems to be in a fairly healthy economic state. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), its unemployment rate of 4.0% in April 2018 nearly matches the national average of 3.9%. The BLS also shows that the average hourly wage for those working in Kentucky is $20.39 as of May 2017. So which occupations can you expect to see grow at the fastest rate in Kentucky over the next several years?

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Fastest Growing Kentucky Careers

Percentage-wise, zoologists and wildlife biologists will see one of the largest increases in Kentucky between 2014-2-24 at 68% growth, according to America's Career InfoNet (, a tool of the U.S. Department of Labor. Most of the top 20 fastest-growing careers in the state, however, will be in the healthcare industry. These are among the other fastest-growing careers in the state through 2024:

  • Motorboat Operators
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Foresters
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Physical Therapists

Most KY Job Openings

The occupations that have the most job openings through 2024 in Kentucky are mostly entry-level positions, as is true of many states across the U.S. The list compiled below, taken from information provided by America's Career InfoNet, indicates the jobs that will see the most annual job openings over the next several years:

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

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