Washington State Job Outlook & Overview of Fastest Growing Careers

Washington's most in-demand job fields provide a variety of choices for job seekers. Read on to learn more about the fastest-growing occupations in the state, including some employment characteristics.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Washington state had an average hourly wage of $27.63 for all occupations in May 2017. The BLS also reported a civilian labor force of approximately 3.8 million and an unemployment rate of 4.8%, as of April 2018. Top industries, with regard to total employment, were trade, transportation, and utilities, government, education and health services, and professional and business services.

Fastest-Growing Careers

In 2017, Washington state's Employment Security Department forecasted short-term and long-term projections based on job growth between 2015-2025. Here are some of the fastest-growing occupations during that period.

  • Marketing Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Management Analysts
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Loan Officers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Developers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Economists
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Graphic Designers

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