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Pennsylvania Career Outlook: Fastest Growing Pennsylvania (PA) Careers

If you want to start or change to a fast-growing career in Pennsylvania, read on. Explore brief economic facts and occupation projections for the hottest jobs in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Facts about the PA Economy

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, Pennsylvania ranks 6th in the nation for gross domestic product (GDP) by state with a gross state product of approximately $752.1 billion in 2017. This is due largely to the fact that Pennsylvania runs the economic gamut from agriculture to manufacturing to tourism. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $23.44 for all occupations as of May 2017. Additionally, the BLS reported a civilian labor force of nearly 6.4 million in the state and an unemployment rate of 4.7% in April 2018.

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Top Employers

Some of the largest employers in the state of Pennsylvania, according to America's Career Info Net (www.careerinfonet.org), are listed below in no particular order. Seven of the top-ten employers were located in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia as of 2018.

  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Highmark Health
  • UPMC Tax Dept
  • Geisinger Pediatric Spec Svc
  • University of PA Health System
  • UPMC Presbyterian
  • St Luke's Univ Health Network
  • UPMC Presbyterian-Thoracic

Fast-Growing Pennsylvania Occupations

The following ten occupations represent those projected to grow the most in Pennsylvania through 2012-2024 based on the total percent change in employment, according to the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. Each of these careers can expect at least 25% growth over the ten-year period. Most jobs on this list are in the healthcare field:

  • Interpreters & Translators
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapists
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