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Fastest Growing Occupations Occupations with the

Most Annual Openings
Preschool Teachers, Exc Special Education
Rehabilitation Counselors 4.2%
Cashiers 130
Area Workforce Trends
Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Child Care Workers 120
Specialists Retail Salespersons 110

Child, Family, & School Social Workers 4.0% Waiters & Waitresses 70
Projections to 2014
Combined Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl Fast Food 70
Child Care Workers 3.8%
Farmw orkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, & Greenhouse 70

Home Health Aides 3.6% Hot Registered Nurses
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 50
WIA Area #16 – Heart of GA/Altamaha
Social & Human Service Assistants 3.6%
Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 50

Hot Medical & Public Health Social Workers 3.5% Correctional Officers & Jailers
Teacher Assistants
Residential Advisors 3.4%
Hot Employment, Recruitment, & Placement
3.4% Hot
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants
Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Education
Specialists Team Assemblers 40
Hot Training & Development Specialists 3.3%
Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 30

Netw ork Systems & Data Comm Analysts
Hot 3.0% Food Preparation Workers 30

Personal & Home Care Aides 2.9%
Hot General & Operations Managers 30
Office Clerks, General

Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Applications 2.6% Supvrs of Retail Sales Workers 30

Medical Assistants 2.5%

 Most of the annual openings in this list will result from the 
These fast-growing occupations will have better employ- need to replace workers who change jobs rather than from
ment prospects than occupations with slow or declining new job creation.
employment. Also, conditions will be more favorable for
mobility and advancement.  Two of these jobs are directly related to the healthcare industry. This area encompasses 17 counties in the heart of the state in and
around the city of Dublin. It includes the following counties: Appling,
Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Lau- 
Four of the fastest growing occupations are associated with  On a statewide basis, three have earned the “HOT” label for rens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler
the healthcare industry and two are related to computers. this period. and Wilcox. 

Five have earned the “HOT” label on a statewide basis for  Twelve require short-term on-the-job training of one month
this period. or less.
Workforce Information & Analysis Division 
Six of these jobs do not require any formal education be-  Although these occupations have many projected annual Georgia Department of Labor
yond high school. openings, more than half of them pay less than average wages. Michael L. Thurmond
Total Industry Growth Industry Rate of Growth Occupations with the
Total employment in WIA Area #16 is expected to grow from The area’s economy is expected to lag behind both the state’s
Most Job Growth
almost 99,000 jobs in 2004 to more than 100,000 by the year and the nation’s economy over the projection period. Area job
Child Care Workers 720
2014, which equates to more than 140 new jobs added each growth is expected to be 0.1 percent per year, while Georgia’s
year. This area is the home of the world-famous sweet Vida- job growth is expected to be 1.7 percent per year and the nation
Hot Registered Nurses 330

lia onion. It is also the home of a V. A. Hospital and several is expected to have annual job growth of 1.2 percent. Preschool Teachers, Exc Special Education 200

state prison facilities. This area was the chief apparel products Correctional Officers & Jailers 200
producer in Georgia during the last decade. As such, it was one The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below. Child, Family, & School Social Workers 160
of the hardest hit areas in the state with the transfer overseas of Teacher Assistants 150
many apparel manufacturing jobs during the 10-year period.
Waste Management & Remediation Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 150
Besides agriculture, other key industries include education, Services
Home Health Aides 130
healthcare, state and federal government employment, textiles,
Social Assistance 6.6% Personal & Home Care Aides 130
fabricated metal manufacturing, wood product manufacturing,
and machinery manufacturing. Social & Human Service Assistants 120
Support Activities for Transportation 5.5% Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping
The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth Administrative & Support Services 4.0% Hairdressers, Hairstylists, & Cosmetologists 120

State Government, Excl Education &

Hot Training & Development Specialists 100
State Government, Excl Education Hospitals Retail Salespersons 100
& Hospitals Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment
Social Assistance 1,220 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 3.2% Specialists

Administrative & Support Services 860 Printing & Related Support Activities 2.8%

Educational Services 640
Personal & Laundry Services 2.7%  These 15 occupations – out of more than 700 - are projected
Ambulatory Health Care Services 410
to add more than 2,800 jobs over the next 10 years, the ma-
Nonmetallic Mineral Product
2.5% jority of all projected job growth in this area.
Hospitals 360
Electronics & Appliance Stores 2.5%  Six occupations require short-term on-the-job training of
Food Services & Drinking Places 350 one month or less and four require a college degree.
General Merchandise Stores 270
 Two have made the list of Georgia’s “HOT” Careers to
Fabricated Metal Product 2014 for their fast job growth, high wages, and plentiful job
240 For copies of the Georgia Career Planner,
Manufacturing openings during the projections period.
Georgia Workforce Trends or this publication,
Nursing & Residential Care
170 call 404/232-3875 or contact your local
Department of Labor office.  Four are in healthcare and two are in criminal justice, both
Personal and Laundry Services 170
key industries in this area.