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

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago

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When we normally think of West 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 West 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 West Virginia job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Mountain 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 West 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 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 West 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.

Detailed List Of The Best Industries In West Virginia

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $67,070 58,860
2 Legal $70,910 5,580
3 Architecture And Engineering $71,930 8,690
4 Education, Training, And Library $45,540 41,470
5 Management $86,360 27,910
6 Office And Administrative Support $31,380 109,630
7 Construction And Extraction $45,930 39,960
8 Community And Social Service $36,990 10,890
9 Business And Financial Operations $58,690 22,340
10 Production And Manufactoring $38,860 39,550
11 Transportation $33,820 53,670
12 Computer And Mathematical $67,990 10,650
13 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $39,630 36,820
14 Life, Physical, And Social Science $55,240 5,580
15 Personal Care And Service $22,740 23,570
16 Healthcare Support $26,270 22,480
17 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $42,660 5,220
18 Food Preparation And Serving Related $21,780 64,770
19 Protective Service $33,880 16,430
20 Sales $29,730 69,410
21 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $23,970 22,570
22 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $29,090 1,370

Summing up the best industries in West Virginia

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

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

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