These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Kentucky In 2017

Chris Kolmar
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Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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

  1. Home Health Aid
  2. Physical Therapist Assistant
  3. Operations Analyst
  4. Physical Therapy Aide
  5. Physical Therapist
  6. Certified Nursing Assistant
  7. Occupational Therapist
  8. Tour Guide
  9. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  10. Nurse Practitioner

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that home health aideses 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 329 occupations in Kentucky.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 329.

At the end of the day, the data showed that home health aideses will be the fastest growing job in Kentucky.

Why the fastest growing jobs in Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 home health aideses 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 Bluegrass State for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Kentucky

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Home Health Aid 159.5% $25,710 6,620
2 Physical Therapist Assistant 152.2% $54,060 2,450
3 Operations Analyst 149.4% $73,290 2,390
4 Physical Therapy Aide 149.2% $24,410 1,000
5 Physical Therapist 147.2% $83,270 4,150
6 Certified Nursing Assistant 146.1% $25,160 37,180
7 Occupational Therapist 145.7% $80,110 2,710
8 Tour Guide 144.4% $23,740 3,120
9 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 143.5% $62,740 1,320
10 Nurse Practitioner 143.3% $94,790 3,510
11 Cardiovascular Technician 143.1% $46,400 1,660
12 Packer 142.9% $23,910 13,800
13 Substance Abuse Counselor 142.8% $39,100 2,470
14 Tax Examining Technician 141.6% $46,980 1,090
15 Physician Assistant 139.1% $100,380 1,210
16 Miner 136.8% $49,950 2,080
17 X-Ray Technician 136.5% $53,440 2,580
18 Residential Advisor 136.4% $22,640 4,650
19 Phlebotomist 135.8% $29,490 2,770
20 Registered Nurse 135.6% $59,810 61,130
21 Helper 135.4% $30,310 1,110
22 Medical Director 135.1% $92,290 6,780
23 Optometrist 134.9% $99,100 1,470
24 Speech-Language Pathology Internship 134.5% $71,720 3,160
25 Roofer 132.4% $35,930 1,430
26 Surgical Technician 132.4% $42,140 2,290
27 Statistician 132.3% $71,340 1,310
28 Web Developer 131.9% $57,370 1,570
29 Clinical Psychology Internship 131.6% $65,810 2,000
30 Respiratory Therapist 131.4% $48,530 4,100
31 Mental Health Worker 131.4% $38,130 2,010
32 Instructional Designer 131.3% $60,690 2,640
33 Sterile Processing Technician 131.2% $33,230 1,050
34 Medical Technologist 130.8% $55,960 2,890
35 Dietitian 130.6% $55,960 1,410
36 Optician 130.4% $41,650 1,030
37 Butcher 130.4% $28,930 2,490
38 Medical Laboratory Technician 130.4% $40,040 2,790
39 Medical Receptionist 129.6% $29,940 8,230
40 Mental Health Counselor 129.0% $44,320 2,360
41 Machinist 128.9% $41,850 8,250
42 Medical Assistant 128.7% $29,900 10,260
43 Massage Therapist 128.6% $43,100 1,620
44 Administrative Manager 128.0% $75,720 5,310
45 Industrial Mechanic 127.7% $49,970 12,110
46 Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 127.4% $39,340 2,000
47 Licensed Practical Nurse 127.3% $39,460 8,910
48 Medical Records Clerk 126.9% $37,170 5,810
49 Personal Care Assistant 126.6% $23,580 14,020
50 Environmental Engineer 126.5% $73,950 1,860
51 Emergency Medical Technician 126.4% $30,840 5,750
52 Electrician 126.3% $51,360 9,980
53 Cement Mason 125.8% $36,570 2,340
54 Field Service Technician 125.7% $33,560 1,270
55 Painter 125.3% $36,070 2,230
56 Business Analyst 125.1% $74,440 4,880
57 Hvac Technician 124.8% $42,850 9,070
58 Tractor Operator 124.3% $22,570 1,330
59 Architect 124.1% $68,220 1,800
60 Marketing Internship 124.0% $57,560 4,450
61 Volunteer 123.8% $29,060 9,430
62 Plumber 123.8% $52,920 10,420
63 Food Runner 123.5% $23,010 2,100
64 Maintenance Worker 123.5% $41,900 2,000
65 Computer Technician 123.3% $46,400 7,630
66 Coordinator 123.3% $48,630 2,650
67 Instructor 123.2% $39,100 2,440
68 Office Manager 123.2% $49,640 26,380
69 Software Developer 123.1% $79,320 7,200
70 Program Manager 122.9% $60,950 4,300
71 Pharmacy Technician Internship 122.8% $27,880 8,470
72 Software Engineer 122.4% $85,830 2,400
73 Marine Mammal Trainer 122.3% $36,930 1,150
74 Mechanic 122.2% $41,110 9,950
75 Billing Specialist 122.1% $33,930 12,480
76 Glazier 122.1% $38,680 1,050
77 Drywall Sander 122.0% $38,580 1,110
78 Vice President 121.9% $84,240 2,060
79 Lineman 121.6% $63,430 3,040
80 None 121.6% $41,550 6,760
81 Police Officer 121.5% $42,810 8,980
82 Rehabilitation Counselor 121.5% $35,910 1,640
83 Radiologic Technician 121.3% $50,600 6,330
84 Sheet Metal Mechanic 121.3% $45,230 2,110
85 Dispatcher 121.1% $38,580 3,040
86 Dental Assistant 120.8% $34,550 5,230
87 Quality Control Analyst 120.5% $40,990 1,880
88 Veterinary Technician 120.4% $30,540 2,650
89 Pharmacist 120.2% $121,690 6,310
90 Cost Estimator 120.1% $60,390 2,210
91 Information Technology Manager 120.1% $113,300 4,780
92 Housekeeper 119.9% $20,210 23,070
93 Vocational Training Instructor 119.9% $52,010 3,440
94 Recreation Leader 119.6% $25,520 9,820
95 Database Administrator 119.5% $71,380 2,210
96 Personal Banker 119.4% $89,830 2,890
97 Management Consultant 119.4% $77,590 5,110
98 Batch Maker 119.4% $32,050 2,710
99 Cook 119.0% $24,490 16,040
100 Accountant 118.9% $63,790 14,930

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