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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 months ago
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When we normally think of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 Pennsylvania job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Keystone 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 Pennsylvania 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 21 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 Pennsylvania.

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 Pennsylvania

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $74,590 386,050
2 Architecture And Engineering $77,940 100,460
3 Legal $102,140 42,610
4 Education, Training, And Library $55,760 338,260
5 Office And Administrative Support $36,500 944,240
6 Community And Social Service $42,840 108,820
7 Production And Manufactoring $38,130 394,350
8 Computer And Mathematical $81,100 154,710
9 Business And Financial Operations $72,010 275,630
10 Life, Physical, And Social Science $69,000 45,910
11 Personal Care And Service $25,190 225,700
12 Transportation $35,590 441,550
13 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $45,620 228,010
14 Healthcare Support $29,880 190,450
15 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $49,500 59,380
16 Construction And Extraction $49,610 217,720
17 Sales $40,850 564,490
18 Protective Service $43,740 125,510
19 Food Preparation And Serving Related $22,530 498,240
20 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $31,120 6,090
21 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $27,550 172,110

Summing up the best industries in Pennsylvania

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

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

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