Las Vegas Career Guide: Top Growing Career Opportunities

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

Over 985,000 people were employed in the Las Vegas - Paradise, NV area as of 2015. The mean hourly wage paid to workers Las Vegas was $20.10, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2014. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for the Las Vegas-Paradise area was $50,903 as of 2014.

Fastest Growing Careers

The Nevada Research and Analysis Bureau notes that the fastest growing careers in Las Vegas are mainly those in the construction industry. From 2012-2022, these careers include brickmasons and blockmasons, carpenters' helpers, roofers, cost estimators, electrical and electronic drafters, plumbers and medical equipment repairers, among others.

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  • Agriculture
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  • 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

Sectors With the Most Employment

According to the Nevada Research and Analysis Bureau, the Las Vegas metropolitan area is expected to see 3.2% growth in employment from 2014-2016. This translates to an additional 57,700 jobs. As expected, the largest number of workers were employed in the leisure and hospitality sector, according to the BLS in 2014. Some of the top occupations in terms of total employment included retail salespersons, waiters and waitresses, janitors and cleaners, cashiers, office clerks and game dealers.

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