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

Residents of Rhode Island interested in a fast-growing career may want to consider becoming an operations research analyst or statistician, a cutter, a welder, a solderer or brazer, or an actuary. Read on to learn more about the duties and salaries of these hot career opportunities in Rhode Island.


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.

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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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