These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Virginia In 2017

We used projected job growth data to find the fastest growing jobs in VA.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFastest Growing Jobs, Rankings - 3 months ago

Fastest Growing Jobs In Virginia

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Virginia 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 Virginia.

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

  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant
  2. Physical Therapy Aide
  3. Home Health Aid
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Physical Therapist Assistant
  6. Physician Assistant
  7. Interpreter And Translator
  8. Statistician
  9. Physical Therapist
  10. Operations Analyst

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that occupational therapy assistantss and physical therapist aideses 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Virginia job scene here:

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How we determined the fastest growing jobs in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 361 occupations in Virginia.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 361.

At the end of the day, the data showed that occupational therapy assistantss will be the fastest growing job in Virginia.

Why the fastest growing jobs in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 occupational therapy assistantss to physical therapist aideses, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Old Dominion for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Virginia

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Occupational Therapy Assistant 152.5% $62,890 1,220
2 Physical Therapy Aide 147.8% $24,950 1,670
3 Home Health Aid 145.9% $22,640 14,490
4 Nurse Practitioner 143.5% $101,060 5,050
5 Physical Therapist Assistant 142.6% $54,990 2,980
6 Physician Assistant 140.1% $94,810 2,900
7 Interpreter And Translator 139.9% $74,130 3,330
8 Statistician 137.9% $81,780 1,310
9 Physical Therapist 135.8% $90,360 6,670
10 Operations Analyst 135.1% $106,490 7,510
11 Phlebotomist 134.3% $33,160 4,660
12 Medical Assistant 132.0% $32,610 14,160
13 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 131.6% $72,250 2,000
14 Veterinary Technician 131.4% $35,240 2,300
15 Occupational Therapist 128.6% $91,450 3,150
16 Web Developer 128.4% $80,950 6,640
17 Emergency Medical Technician 128.3% $33,310 6,400
18 Speech-Language Pathology Internship 128.2% $83,430 3,950
19 Personal Care Assistant 127.0% $19,930 50,150
20 Information Security Analyst 126.6% $105,440 13,030
21 Massage Therapist 126.5% $37,290 5,400
22 Certified Nursing Assistant 126.3% $26,040 46,260
23 Optician 125.9% $41,920 2,670
24 Business Analyst 125.2% $98,470 35,180
25 Medical Receptionist 125.0% $36,570 7,540
26 Dental Hygienist 124.2% $82,690 5,380
27 Cardiovascular Technician 124.1% $62,060 2,160
28 Dental Laboratory Technician 124.1% $44,840 1,440
29 Medical Laboratory Technician 124.0% $39,610 4,760
30 Dental Assistant 123.9% $40,690 10,580
31 Medical Technologist 122.6% $59,800 5,150
32 Marketing Internship 121.8% $74,640 20,600
33 Residential Advisor 121.7% $30,010 2,860
34 Clinical Psychology Internship 121.7% $84,130 4,320
35 Software Developer 121.5% $110,030 45,360
36 Security Technician 121.4% $44,360 3,350
37 Licensed Practical Nurse 121.0% $41,450 26,210
38 Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 120.5% $39,330 1,530
39 Software Engineer 120.2% $117,330 32,100
40 Chiropractic Physician 119.8% $78,370 1,450
41 Veterinary Technician Assistant 119.4% $26,420 3,750
42 Veterinarian 119.4% $107,730 3,200
43 Miner 119.3% $47,980 3,650
44 Esthetician 119.2% $41,740 1,430
45 Mental Health Worker 119.1% $49,250 4,180
46 Mental Health Counselor 118.7% $48,310 10,370
47 Food Runner 118.6% $20,720 8,660
48 Medical Records Clerk 118.4% $39,130 4,570
49 Medical Director 118.2% $112,250 8,180
50 Taxi Driver 117.7% $27,180 6,600
51 Industrial Mechanic 117.6% $49,550 9,890
52 Exercise Physiologist 117.4% $44,920 1,080
53 Billing Specialist 117.2% $38,300 13,560
54 Rehabilitation Counselor 116.8% $41,750 4,240
55 Dietitian 116.7% $59,380 1,610
56 Recreation Leader 116.7% $27,890 12,610
57 X-Ray Technician 116.4% $47,640 2,410
58 Volunteer 116.4% $31,990 7,110
59 Computer Technician 116.3% $55,230 23,790
60 Sales Assistant 116.3% $40,740 1,640
61 Fundraising Chairperson 115.9% $60,600 2,480
62 Receptionist 115.9% $29,550 35,310
63 Compliance Analyst 115.8% $88,100 1,610
64 Surgical Technician 115.8% $48,560 2,940
65 Management Consultant 115.7% $102,830 65,590
66 Environmental Engineer 115.7% $97,770 2,360
67 Substance Abuse Counselor 115.6% $48,540 2,590
68 Economic Development Specialist 115.6% $126,460 1,410
69 Animal Care Technician 115.5% $24,670 8,400
70 Coordinator 115.5% $48,950 1,120
71 Gas Station Attendant 115.2% $24,950 1,970
72 Database Administrator 115.1% $96,170 6,340
73 Meeting Planner 115.0% $58,760 4,750
74 Cook 115.0% $28,050 8,070
75 Technical Writer 114.9% $78,650 3,320
76 Fitness Trainer 114.9% $39,820 11,900
77 Pipe Insulator 114.9% $43,360 2,010
78 Health Educator 114.8% $57,630 1,240
79 Bartender 114.8% $29,790 10,810
80 Marine Mammal Trainer 114.7% $34,010 1,170
81 Crew Member 114.7% $19,980 107,290
82 Marriage And Family Therapist 114.6% $48,630 1,730
83 Vice President 114.5% $104,120 3,080
84 Accountant 114.4% $83,380 50,240
85 Internship 114.3% $64,250 7,650
86 Registered Nurse 114.2% $66,670 72,040
87 Pipe Layer 114.2% $37,650 1,530
88 Marine Engineer 114.1% $96,590 1,540
89 Security Guard 114.0% $33,800 36,930
90 Network Administrator 114.0% $94,330 22,570
91 Excavator 113.9% $39,830 1,800
92 Assistant Manager 113.9% $36,610 28,420
93 Fire Chief 113.9% $82,140 1,970
94 Firefighter/paramedic 113.9% $50,240 10,190
95 Audio Visual Technician 113.8% $46,380 1,400
96 Hvac Technician 113.5% $48,560 11,810
97 Ride Operator 113.5% $19,600 7,000
98 Supervisor 113.4% $42,590 8,120
99 Water Plant Operator 113.3% $44,640 3,650
100 Aide 113.3% $26,090 1,190

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