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

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago

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When we normally think of Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 Missouri job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Show Me 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 Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 Missouri

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $68,410 183,850
2 Computer And Mathematical $78,270 82,100
3 Production And Manufactoring $35,990 197,140
4 Office And Administrative Support $35,060 448,350
5 Education, Training, And Library $50,230 160,540
6 Management $106,160 124,860
7 Architecture And Engineering $77,300 37,140
8 Business And Financial Operations $68,330 134,590
9 Community And Social Service $39,980 41,690
10 Legal $87,840 18,130
11 Personal Care And Service $23,570 98,380
12 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $43,970 115,180
13 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $49,580 35,640
14 Sales $36,290 281,780
15 Life, Physical, And Social Science $59,240 17,900
16 Transportation $34,260 184,360
17 Food Preparation And Serving Related $21,520 264,430
18 Construction And Extraction $51,290 102,120
19 Healthcare Support $27,490 80,610
20 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $25,830 84,990
21 Protective Service $39,390 59,500
22 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $30,800 4,570

Summing up the best industries in Missouri

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

On the other end of the spectrum, the Farming, Fishing, And Forestry Industry ranks as the worst in Missouri mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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