These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Alabama In 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Fastest Growing Jobs In Alabama

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Alabama is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular fifty or sixty years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in fifty or sixty years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in Alabama.

Here are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in Alabama, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

  1. Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
  2. Physical Therapist Assistant
  3. Physical Therapist
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Occupational Therapist
  6. Aircraft Assembler
  7. Emergency Medical Technician
  8. Home Health Aid
  9. Personal Care Assistant
  10. Web Developer

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastics and physical therapist assistantss would be so in demand?

Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

We’ll get to the details of said jobs in a moment. First, here’s how we came up with this list.

How we determined the fastest growing jobs in Alabama in 2017

Every couple of years each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in Alabama that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 279 occupations in Alabama.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 279.

At the end of the day, the data showed that computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastics will be the fastest growing job in Alabama.

Why the fastest growing jobs in Alabama matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction Alabama is heading.

But aside from being merely ‘interesting,’ it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last–take a look at this list.

From computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastics to physical therapist assistantss, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Heart Of Dixie for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Alabama

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 147.4% $36,640 3,360
2 Physical Therapist Assistant 146.9% $53,910 2,880
3 Physical Therapist 137.2% $86,130 3,280
4 Nurse Practitioner 137.1% $92,130 2,400
5 Occupational Therapist 133.1% $82,250 1,570
6 Aircraft Assembler 132.5% $51,130 2,610
7 Emergency Medical Technician 132.5% $28,670 4,650
8 Home Health Aid 131.7% $20,020 11,540
9 Personal Care Assistant 131.0% $18,390 15,240
10 Web Developer 131.0% $58,770 1,140
11 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 127.8% $54,940 1,470
12 Speech-Language Pathology Internship 127.2% $70,680 1,590
13 Medical Assistant 126.4% $27,280 9,040
14 Cardiovascular Technician 125.9% $49,130 1,070
15 Assembler 124.9% $34,480 41,900
16 Business Analyst 123.8% $80,230 7,180
17 Aircraft Mechanic 123.3% $67,090 4,130
18 Medical Receptionist 123.1% $32,490 5,600
19 Industrial Mechanic 122.8% $50,610 11,800
20 Machinist 122.3% $42,270 7,670
21 Information Technology Manager 122.0% $117,950 3,550
22 Phlebotomist 121.2% $28,780 1,890
23 Software Developer 121.1% $93,340 4,470
24 Clinical Psychology Internship 120.9% $70,910 1,330
25 Taxi Driver 120.8% $23,990 1,740
26 Sales Assistant 120.2% $41,550 1,610
27 Dental Hygienist 119.5% $44,760 3,800
28 Technical Writer 119.3% $64,900 1,050
29 Computer Technician 119.2% $46,870 8,950
30 Quality Assurance Technician 119.2% $59,240 1,120
31 Dental Laboratory Technician 119.0% $35,950 1,000
32 Plastic Technician 119.0% $39,540 1,000
33 Dental Assistant 118.8% $32,430 3,790
34 Medical Laboratory Technician 118.7% $35,490 2,670
35 Medical Records Clerk 118.1% $34,740 3,270
36 Gas Station Attendant 117.8% $22,690 2,050
37 Software Engineer 117.8% $100,170 3,970
38 Industrial Engineer 117.8% $85,940 4,570
39 Marketing Internship 117.7% $59,920 2,790
40 Volunteer 117.6% $27,870 2,340
41 Nurse Anesthetist 117.3% $158,060 1,220
42 Mechanical Engineer 117.3% $88,600 3,800
43 Management Consultant 117.1% $93,430 7,250
44 Mental Health Counselor 117.1% $43,760 1,030
45 Registered Nurse 116.7% $56,900 54,230
46 Billing Specialist 116.6% $33,160 8,070
47 Helper 116.6% $27,460 2,250
48 Mental Health Worker 116.5% $38,080 1,410
49 Information Security Analyst 116.5% $87,030 1,200
50 Residential Advisor 116.4% $23,290 2,200
51 Certified Nursing Assistant 115.9% $22,690 24,140
52 Woodworking Shop Hand 115.3% $36,260 1,960
53 Licensed Practical Nurse 114.9% $36,300 16,880
54 Merchandiser 114.9% $24,780 5,100
55 Network Technician 114.8% $61,280 1,780
56 Welder 114.7% $39,170 10,920
57 Medical Technologist 114.5% $54,160 2,840
58 Database Administrator 114.5% $79,460 2,130
59 Electrical Assembler 114.5% $31,170 3,480
60 Psychiatric Technician 114.3% $28,080 1,600
61 Instructor 114.1% $37,640 4,040
62 Inspector 114.1% $34,100 8,900
63 Medical Director 113.9% $100,260 2,790
64 Mechanic 113.6% $41,110 5,440
65 Customer Service Representative 113.4% $32,100 35,630
66 Generator Assembler 113.3% $45,210 2,550
67 Environmental Engineer 113.2% $82,580 1,030
68 Hvac Technician 113.2% $39,590 5,750
69 Electrician 112.9% $46,360 11,790
70 Human Resources Manager 112.8% $100,130 1,150
71 Respiratory Therapist 112.7% $47,090 2,660
72 Veterinary Technician Assistant 112.7% $23,100 1,510
73 Surgical Technician 112.5% $35,110 2,250
74 Sterile Processing Technician 112.4% $26,050 1,000
75 Construction Worker 112.2% $28,580 13,650
76 Millwright 112.1% $41,730 1,580
77 Pharmacy Technician Internship 112.1% $27,870 7,530
78 Food Runner 112.0% $20,770 2,420
79 Veterinarian 112.0% $78,490 1,120
80 Receptionist 111.9% $25,150 13,310
81 Trainer 111.8% $57,170 2,650
82 Animal Care Technician 111.5% $21,010 2,900
83 Crew Member 111.3% $18,090 48,410
84 Program Manager 111.3% $67,670 1,180
85 Cement Mason 111.3% $34,160 1,870
86 Lineman 111.1% $65,060 3,890
87 Tractor Operator 111.1% $32,870 2,000
88 Accountant 111.1% $67,750 17,690
89 Bartender 110.8% $21,760 3,600
90 Orderly 110.7% $22,480 1,760
91 Front Desk Clerk 110.5% $20,490 4,220
92 Cost Estimator 110.4% $61,530 2,860
93 Stylist 110.4% $23,930 7,350
94 Assistant Manager 110.4% $30,580 18,320
95 Network Administrator 110.1% $71,790 5,440
96 Supervisor 110.0% $33,930 4,940
97 Production Coordinator 109.9% $48,910 2,990
98 Baker 109.8% $24,150 2,120
99 Roofer 109.8% $31,810 1,350
100 Vice President 109.7% $104,560 2,370

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