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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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When we normally think of Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 Kentucky job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Bluegrass 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Industries In Kentucky

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $68,360 127,750
2 Production And Manufactoring $36,670 204,270
3 Management $93,670 84,230
4 Education, Training, And Library $50,520 103,960
5 Architecture And Engineering $70,280 24,100
6 Office And Administrative Support $33,370 281,840
7 Legal $75,830 9,600
8 Transportation $35,700 176,380
9 Community And Social Service $41,510 26,340
10 Business And Financial Operations $60,820 68,370
11 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $44,180 83,340
12 Computer And Mathematical $68,820 30,240
13 Construction And Extraction $44,330 70,320
14 Life, Physical, And Social Science $55,230 10,100
15 Food Preparation And Serving Related $20,570 176,190
16 Sales $34,020 179,090
17 Personal Care And Service $24,170 54,380
18 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $42,780 16,310
19 Healthcare Support $28,960 49,750
20 Protective Service $35,440 37,620
21 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $29,090 4,070
22 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $24,790 51,410

Summing up the best industries in Kentucky

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

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

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