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

By Chris Kolmar - Mar. 1, 2018

Find a Job You Really Want In

When we normally think of Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 Arkansas job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Natural State 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 Arkansas 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, Healthcare Practitioners And Technical, as the best industry in Arkansas.

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 Arkansas

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $66,400 77,150
2 Management $87,780 59,650
3 Education, Training, And Library $44,560 74,080
4 Production And Manufactoring $33,120 116,110
5 Architecture And Engineering $67,320 11,480
6 Legal $73,580 6,420
7 Business And Financial Operations $61,740 47,790
8 Computer And Mathematical $67,230 23,700
9 Office And Administrative Support $31,770 174,970
10 Transportation $32,330 104,060
11 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $40,610 52,300
12 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $30,360 6,320
13 Community And Social Service $39,310 13,790
14 Sales $33,010 126,730
15 Life, Physical, And Social Science $56,420 6,080
16 Construction And Extraction $36,450 46,470
17 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $41,080 8,180
18 Healthcare Support $25,490 35,730
19 Personal Care And Service $21,750 34,500
20 Food Preparation And Serving Related $20,490 105,310
21 Protective Service $35,170 25,280
22 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $23,270 35,200

Summing up the best industries in Arkansas

There you have it; Healthcare Practitioners And Technical is the best industry to be in if you live around Arkansas.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance Industry ranks as the worst in Arkansas mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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