Mississippi Job Outlook & Top Growing Career Opportunities

Looking to move south? Consider Mississippi; it's a state known for hospitality, friendly people and southern comfort food. Mississippi also offers job seekers careers in a number of areas that are expected to grow rapidly now and in the future. Check out these careers here.

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Mississippi Career Outlook: Top Growing Career Opportunities in Mississippi (MS)

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, Mississippi had a population of more than 2.9 million in 2017. As of April 2018, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the state had a civilian workforce of nearly 1.3 million and an unemployment rate of 4.6%, which has pretty much held steady since January 2018. The BLS also shows that, as of May 2017, the average hourly wage for those working in Mississippi is $18.71. Find out more about the top career opportunities awaiting you in the Hospitality State.

Careers in Healthcare

Healthcare practitioner and allied health jobs are among the fastest-growing career paths in Mississippi from 2014-2024, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). The following, in no particular order, will see double-digit growth through the next several years:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Massage Therapists

Careers in Information Technology (IT)

The field of information technology continues to grow rapidly, and the following jobs will see between 9.3% growth for user support specialists to 27.8% growth for web developers. The IT occupations in Mississippi that are growing a good deal faster than the average of 5.2% for all state occupations, according to the MDES, include:

  • Information Security Analysts
  • Web Developers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists

Other Top Career Opportunities in Mississippi

Are healthcare and/or computers not your cup of tea? Then consider one of the following careers, all of which are among the 50 fastest growing occupations in the state of Mississippi from 2014-2024, as reported by America's Career InfoNet, a resource of the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  • Meta-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
  • Oil and Gas Derrick Operators
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Extraction Workers-Helpers
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, except EMTs
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Machinery Maintenance Workers
  • Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
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