Rhode Island Career Guide: Overview of Hot Careers in Rhode Island (RI)


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in April 2018, Rhode Island had a civilian workforce of around 558,900 and a 4.5% unemployment rate, which ranked it 37th nationally. In the same month, the national unemployment rate was 3.9%, as reported by the BLS. As of May 2017, the average hourly wage for all occupations was $25.54. Top earners, with regard to average wages per hour, were in medical and legal professions and managerial positions.

Fastest-Growing Careers

The fastest-growing careers in the state are listed as follows, according to '' for 2014-2024. These occupations can expect 27%-40% growth during that timespan.

  • Statisticians
  • Riggers
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Painters, Transportation Equipment
  • Actuaries
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
  • Insulation Workers, Mechanical
  • Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
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