These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In Alabama For 2018

by Chris Kolmar
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When we normally think of Alabama things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within Alabama.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Alabama job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Heart Of Dixie for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the Alabama job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 22 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a “Best Industry” index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Architecture And Engineering, as the best industry in Alabama.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

Detailed List Of The Best Industries In Alabama

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Architecture And Engineering $86,800 42,800
2 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $69,020 128,740
3 Production And Manufactoring $34,890 213,550
4 Education, Training, And Library $46,490 102,910
5 Management $110,210 70,090
6 Office And Administrative Support $33,280 284,130
7 Business And Financial Operations $69,890 72,290
8 Computer And Mathematical $79,090 38,600
9 Legal $86,720 9,820
10 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $45,460 92,250
11 Transportation $31,790 149,440
12 Sales $34,070 217,970
13 Construction And Extraction $39,990 73,740
14 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $41,500 17,370
15 Community And Social Service $43,190 17,520
16 Life, Physical, And Social Science $66,450 8,600
17 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $32,630 5,880
18 Personal Care And Service $22,250 46,400
19 Food Preparation And Serving Related $20,560 167,750
20 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $24,170 59,230
21 Protective Service $36,080 42,490
22 Healthcare Support $26,050 51,430

Summing up the best industries in Alabama

There you have it; Architecture And Engineering is the best industry to be in if you live around Alabama.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Healthcare Support Industry ranks as the worst in Alabama mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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