These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In West Virginia In 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Fastest Growing Jobs In West Virginia

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West 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 West Virginia.

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

  1. Home Health Aid
  2. Personal Care Assistant
  3. Physical Therapist Assistant
  4. Physical Therapist
  5. Physician Assistant
  6. Marketing Internship
  7. Nurse Practitioner
  8. Medical Receptionist
  9. Industrial Mechanic
  10. Representative

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that home health aideses and personal care 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.

How we determined the fastest growing jobs in West 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 West 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 140 occupations in West Virginia.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 140.

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

Why the fastest growing jobs in West 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 West 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 home health aideses to personal care aideses, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In West Virginia

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Home Health Aid 129.2% $20,060 5,880
2 Personal Care Assistant 125.8% $19,840 17,710
3 Physical Therapist Assistant 121.2% $50,390 1,030
4 Physical Therapist 119.7% $83,310 1,520
5 Physician Assistant 119.6% $99,090 1,100
6 Marketing Internship 119.5% $44,640 1,040
7 Nurse Practitioner 116.5% $92,890 1,060
8 Medical Receptionist 115.2% $29,670 1,440
9 Industrial Mechanic 114.4% $45,910 3,330
10 Representative 113.6% $30,580 1,000
11 Dental Hygienist 110.8% $54,060 1,130
12 Aide 110.2% $20,300 1,730
13 Phlebotomist 109.9% $29,350 1,220
14 Respiratory Therapist 109.9% $49,530 1,000
15 Medical Director 109.5% $108,920 1,380
16 Certified Nursing Assistant 109.2% $25,210 7,840
17 Computer Technician 109.1% $45,660 1,920
18 Licensed Practical Nurse 109.0% $36,050 7,360
19 Medical Assistant 108.7% $26,210 3,730
20 Management Consultant 108.5% $69,240 3,300
21 Emergency Medical Technician 108.4% $30,870 2,570
22 Registered Nurse 108.3% $59,380 23,090
23 Medical Records Clerk 108.2% $35,880 1,450
24 Psychiatric Technician 107.7% $22,140 1,400
25 Pharmacy Technician Internship 107.6% $27,010 3,250
26 Radiologic Technician 107.6% $47,080 1,850
27 Fitness Trainer 106.2% $27,570 1,190
28 Civil Engineer 106.0% $76,020 1,580
29 Customer Service Representative 105.7% $30,280 11,660
30 Court Clerk 105.3% $30,400 1,390
31 Water Plant Operator 105.1% $35,800 1,450
32 Sales Representative 104.9% $44,580 2,150
33 Animal Care Technician 104.8% $22,250 1,740
34 Fundraising Chairperson 104.8% $44,200 1,100
35 Stylist 104.7% $25,630 2,460
36 Volunteer 104.5% $29,920 2,110
37 Machinist 104.3% $37,950 1,930
38 Crew Member 104.3% $19,880 22,440
39 Trainer 104.1% $49,050 1,260
40 Collector 104.0% $33,890 1,300
41 Housekeeper 103.9% $20,970 8,730
42 Taxi Driver 103.9% $21,300 1,070
43 Social Worker 103.7% $36,260 1,410
44 Dental Assistant 103.5% $27,920 1,200
45 Community Organizer 103.4% $31,250 1,510
46 Assembler 103.3% $30,530 3,100
47 Inspector 103.1% $43,390 2,650
48 Billing Specialist 103.0% $31,160 2,380
49 Office Manager 103.0% $44,940 9,970
50 Pharmacist 102.9% $118,410 2,460
51 Recreation Leader 102.9% $24,730 2,160
52 Laundry Attendant 102.5% $22,930 1,250
53 Project Manager 102.4% $85,240 2,140
54 Paralegal 102.3% $44,040 2,220
55 Instructional Designer 102.3% $55,820 1,360
56 Assistant Manager 102.3% $27,880 5,430
57 Internship 102.2% $44,430 1,390
58 Child Care Provider 102.2% $21,010 5,150
59 Cook 102.1% $22,990 5,270
60 Insurance Agent 102.1% $48,520 2,440
61 Bartender 102.1% $19,970 5,900
62 Accountant 102.1% $63,380 4,900
63 Front Desk Clerk 102.0% $20,140 1,490
64 Business Consultant 102.0% $68,250 3,080
65 Network Administrator 101.8% $63,880 1,100
66 Compliance Specialist 101.8% $53,600 1,150
67 Manager 101.8% $109,430 2,880
68 Production Operator 101.4% $33,180 1,400
69 Housekeeper Supervisor 101.4% $33,420 1,500
70 Production Worker 101.2% $27,190 1,720
71 Postal Carrier 101.1% $49,180 1,870
72 General Manager 101.1% $84,300 13,070
73 Medical Technologist 100.9% $55,960 1,080
74 Refuse Collector 100.9% $23,960 1,110
75 Insurance Processor 100.9% $34,600 1,120
76 Customer Service Clerk 100.8% $23,090 1,190
77 Janitor 100.8% $24,480 9,690
78 Service Operator 100.8% $42,380 1,230
79 Grounds Maintenance Supervisor 100.8% $37,400 1,260
80 Secretary 100.8% $30,550 11,450
81 Material Handler 100.7% $26,670 12,340
82 Administrative Manager 100.7% $73,320 1,480
83 Highway Maintenance Worker 100.6% $32,380 3,110
84 Correction Officer 100.6% $33,990 3,340
85 Supervisor 100.6% $31,980 1,770
86 Bookkeeper 100.5% $33,600 7,640
87 Police Officer 100.5% $42,130 3,770
88 Maintenance Technician 100.4% $30,910 11,180
89 Landscaper 100.4% $23,190 5,550
90 Finance Manager 100.0% $96,930 1,860
91 Detailer 100.0% $22,770 1,200
92 Delivery Driver 100.0% $31,230 4,760
93 Retail Sales Consultant 99.9% $24,530 23,390
94 Receptionist 99.8% $24,990 3,990
95 Hvac Technician 99.4% $37,670 1,540
96 Parts Sales Associate 99.3% $27,790 1,510
97 Driller 99.2% $34,810 1,240
98 Preschool Teacher 99.2% $31,680 1,210
99 Property Manager 99.2% $59,520 1,190
100 Chemical Operator 99.2% $39,910 1,190

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