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Fastest Growing Occupations Occupations with the

Most Annual Openings
Home Health Aides

Pharmacy Technicians

4.7% Cashiers 100
Area Workforce Trends
Retail Salespersons 90
Hot Netw ork Systems & Data Comm Analysts 4.5%
Waiters & Waitresses 70

Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Applications 4.4% Combined Food Prep & Serving Workers, Incl Fast Food 70 Projections to 2014
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 50
Hot Pharmacists 4.4%
Child Care Workers 40

WIA Area #13 – East Central GA
Preschool Teachers, Exc Special Education 3.3% General & Operations Managers 40

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 40
Child, Family, & School Social Workers 3.2% Team Assemblers 40

Social & Human Service Assistants 3.2% Hot Registered Nurses 30

Food Preparation Workers 30
Hot Training & Development Specialists 3.2% Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 30

Customer Service Representatives 30
Personal & Home Care Aides 3.2%
Hot Employment, Recruitment, & Placement Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners
3.1% Teacher Assistants 30
Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Education 30
Printing Machine Operators 2.9%
Office Clerks, General 30

Amusement & Recreation Attendants 2.8% Farmw orkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, & Greenhouse 30

Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 30
Hot Registered Nurses 2.7%

Hot Computer Systems Analysts 2.7%

Most of the annual openings in this list will result from the
need to replace workers who change jobs rather than from
These fast-growing occupations will have better employ- new job creation.
ment prospects than occupations with slow or declining
employment. Also, conditions will be more favorable for Four of these jobs are directly related to the fabricated metal
mobility and advancement. product manufacturing industry, a key industry in this area.
This area encompasses 12 counties in east central Georgia near the
city of Augusta. It includes the following counties: Columbia, Glascock,
Five of the fastest growing occupations are associated with Twelve require short-term on-the-job training of one month Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Screven, Taliaferro,
the healthcare industry and three are related to computers. or less. Warren, Washington and Wilkes.

Seven have earned the “HOT” label on a statewide basis for On a statewide basis, three have been given the “HOT”
this period. stamp for this period.
Workforce Information & Analysis Division
Six of these occupations do not require any formal educa- Although these occupations have many projected annual open- Georgia Department of Labor
tion beyond high school. ings, 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 #13 is expected to grow from While the area’s economy is currently not growing as fast as
Most Job Growth
almost 66,000 jobs in 2004 to more than 74,000 by the year Georgia’s overall, it is growing at essentially the same rate as
2014, which equates to almost 900 new jobs added each year. the nation’s economy. Area job growth is expected to be 1.2 Retail Salespersons 330
This area is the nation’s leading producer of kaolin, a type of percent per year, while Georgia’s job growth is expected to be Combined Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl
Fast Food
clay used in producing china, paint, paper, and other goods. 1.7 percent per year. Waiters & Waitresses 240
Key industries are health services, educational services, kaolin Hot Registered Nurses 200
mining, agriculture, and state government employment. There The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 200
is also significant employment in wood product manufacturing,
Child Care Workers 200
fabricated metal product manufacturing, and apparel manufac-
Transit & Ground Passenger Transport 7.1%
turing. Customer Service Representatives 200

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 180
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 6.2%
The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are Hot General & Operations Managers 170
listed below. Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids &
Support Activities for Transportation 6.2% 150
Housekeeping Cleaners
Food Preparation Workers 140
1,090 Internet Serv Providers, Web Search Portals,
Food Services & Drinking Places 5.1% Teacher Assistants 130
& Data Proc Services
Cashiers 130
Educational Services 950 Paper Manufacturing 4.6%
Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Education 120

Home Health Aides 120
General Merchandise Stores 850 General Merchandise Stores 4.5%
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers,
Administrative & Support Services 830 Health & Personal Care Stores 4.3%

State Government, Excl Education & Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 4.1%
Hospitals These 17 occupations – out of more than 700 - are projected
to add more than 2,900 jobs over the next 10 years, over
Nursing & Residential Care Facilities 560 Social Assistance 3.8%
one-third of all projected job growth in this area.
Management of Companies & Enterprises 3.5%
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 480 Ten occupations require short-term on-the-job training of
one month or less and three require a college degree.
Ambulatory Health Care Services 430
For copies of the Georgia Career Planner, Two are found in health services, a key industry in this area.
Social Assistance 370 Georgia Workforce Trends or this publication,
call 404/232-3875 or contact your local Three have made the list of Georgia’s “HOT” Careers to
Local Government, Excl Education &
Department of Labor office. 2014 as a result of their fast job growth, high wages, and
Hospitals plentiful job openings during this period.