Virginia is home to some important historical sites where the first European colonists arrived in the New World in the early 1600s, initiating the territory's first representative legislative assembly. It's also the birthplace to some of the first U.S. Presidents, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Virginia was admitted to the Union in 1788. About two hundred and thirty years later, in today's era, the state was reported to have an average hourly wage of $25.95 for all occupations in May 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As of April 2018, the civilian labor force had approximately 4.3 million employed persons with a 3.3% unemployment rate for the state as a whole, said the BLS.
According to 'CareerOneStop.org', which uses data from the U.S. Department of Labor, most of the job expansion will be seen in the healthcare industry. These are the fastest-growing careers in the state between 2014-2024. Each of these occupations can expect at least 40% growth over the ten-year period.
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physical Therapist Aides
- Home Health Aides
- Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
- Personal Financial Advisors
- Hearing Aid Specialists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Interpreters and Translators