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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 7 months ago
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When we normally think of Virginia 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 Virginia.

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 Virginia job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Old Dominion 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 Virginia 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, Computer And Mathematical, as the best industry in Virginia.

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 Virginia

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Computer And Mathematical $98,540 198,560
2 Architecture And Engineering $87,280 74,350
3 Legal $105,840 36,160
4 Business And Financial Operations $82,750 261,530
5 Education, Training, And Library $56,240 240,180
6 Life, Physical, And Social Science $85,310 32,350
7 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $78,240 204,190
8 Office And Administrative Support $37,480 547,230
9 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $56,730 49,550
10 Community And Social Service $48,930 54,300
11 Protective Service $45,700 102,940
12 Personal Care And Service $26,560 126,580
13 Construction And Extraction $43,740 157,280
14 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $47,690 148,610
15 Production And Manufactoring $37,220 174,630
16 Sales $39,980 397,110
17 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $26,700 126,880
18 Transportation $36,890 229,590
19 Food Preparation And Serving Related $23,690 330,490
20 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $34,090 6,950
21 Healthcare Support $30,100 90,320

Summing up the best industries in Virginia

There you have it; Computer And Mathematical is the best industry to be in if you live around Virginia.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Healthcare Support Industry ranks as the worst in Virginia mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.