Ohio Careers: Top Career Opportunities in Ohio (OH)

Anyone interested in fast-growing Ohio careers can check out some brief facts and occupation projections in this article. Discover which Ohio occupations will be in demand in the decade to come.

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Ohio Overview

The major metropolitan areas of Ohio include Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo. A 2016 census report states that Columbus, the capital, had the most residents in the city proper, with an estimated population of 860,090. This is over twice as many people as Cleveland, which is the second-largest city in the state. Livestock, soybeans, wool, motor vehicles, fabricated metals, natural gas and coal are just some of the variety of goods produced, raised, mined or grown throughout Ohio. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $22.57 for the state as of May 2017. The civilian labor force was nearly 5.8 million in April 2018, with an unemployment rate of 4.3%.

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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

Ohio's Top Employers

As of 2018, the top five employers in the state of Ohio are as follows, according to America's Career InfoNet, which is a U.S. Department of Labor website. Each of these companies employs at least 22,000 workers in Columbus or Cleveland.

  • Ohio State University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland Clinic Vascular
  • Cleveland Clinic-Main Campus
  • Battelle

Fastest-Growing Jobs in Ohio

The top ten projected fastest-growing jobs in Ohio in terms of percent change from 2014-2024 are as follows, according to America's Career InfoNet. These careers can expect anywhere from 28% growth for operations research analysts and NPs up to 48% growth for OT assistants during that decade.

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Hearing Aid Specialists
  • Statisticians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Operations Research Analysts
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