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Las Vegas Career Guide: Top Growing Career Opportunities

According to 'Forbes' in 2018, Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. See some of the top employment sectors in Las Vegas, find out about overall employment growth, and get the facts about average earnings and median household income.

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Employment Overview

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 963,000 people were employed in the Las Vegas - Henderson - Paradise, NV area as of 2017. The mean hourly wage paid to workers in Las Vegas was $21.37, said the BLS in May 2017. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for Las Vegas was $50,882, based on 2012-2016 figures. The BLS reports that as of March 2018, the unemployment rate in this city was 5.1%, which was a full percentage point above the national average. Despite this, some careers in Las Vegas are expected to see growth over the next several years.

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Fastest Growing Careers

The Nevada Research and Analysis Bureau notes that some of the fastest growing careers in Las Vegas are in the construction industry. From 2014-2024, growth is also expected to be seen in areas of production, manufacturing, and education. The top occupations that will see growth in Las Vegas through 2024 are:

  • Team assemblers
  • Tool and die makers
  • Vocational education teachers, postsecondary
  • Education administrators
  • Machinists
  • Statisticians
  • Insulation workers, mechanical
  • Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary
  • Production workers
  • Industrial machinery mechanics
  • Computer-controlled machine tool operators
  • Helpers-brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons and marble and tile setters
  • Industrial engineers
  • Sociology teachers, postsecondary
  • Woodworking machine setters, operators and tenders, except sawing

Sectors With the Most Employment

According to the Nevada Research and Analysis Bureau, Las Vegas is continuing to see economic growth, as indicated by favorable increases in the labor force and small decreases in unemployment since January 2018. Those sectors seeing growth in Las Vegas include:

  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Government
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
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