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

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago

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When we normally think of Iowa 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 Iowa.

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 Iowa job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Hawkeye 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 Iowa 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, Management, as the best industry in Iowa.

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 Iowa

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Management $93,290 86,320
2 Education, Training, And Library $51,040 101,590
3 Production And Manufactoring $35,490 155,960
4 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $71,400 85,260
5 Architecture And Engineering $69,440 18,810
6 Computer And Mathematical $74,630 32,810
7 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $44,430 68,360
8 Business And Financial Operations $63,610 66,910
9 Transportation $35,180 120,330
10 Legal $76,390 7,420
11 Construction And Extraction $44,240 68,820
12 Office And Administrative Support $35,010 220,940
13 Community And Social Service $42,650 21,210
14 Life, Physical, And Social Science $60,340 11,590
15 Personal Care And Service $25,070 48,810
16 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $33,870 5,310
17 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $38,760 18,440
18 Sales $35,150 150,060
19 Healthcare Support $30,260 42,980
20 Food Preparation And Serving Related $21,120 133,690
21 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $26,680 46,870
22 Protective Service $42,740 22,430

Summing up the best industries in Iowa

There you have it; Management is the best industry to be in if you live around Iowa.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Protective Service Industry ranks as the worst in Iowa mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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