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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 9 months ago
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When we normally think of Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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 Oklahoma job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Sooner 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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 Oklahoma

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Management $94,900 88,660
2 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $69,810 97,590
3 Architecture And Engineering $78,670 27,710
4 Legal $88,400 12,380
5 Production And Manufactoring $36,980 109,220
6 Education, Training, And Library $40,520 93,040
7 Office And Administrative Support $33,860 253,000
8 Community And Social Service $40,100 26,030
9 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $44,070 75,020
10 Construction And Extraction $42,440 83,160
11 Business And Financial Operations $62,760 66,690
12 Computer And Mathematical $68,220 30,210
13 Life, Physical, And Social Science $63,840 10,300
14 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $42,020 15,310
15 Food Preparation And Serving Related $20,800 157,740
16 Sales $34,990 163,900
17 Transportation $34,860 103,190
18 Healthcare Support $27,800 46,780
19 Protective Service $40,290 37,320
20 Personal Care And Service $23,130 41,690
21 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $31,580 3,170
22 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $23,590 44,770

Summing up the best industries in Oklahoma

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

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