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Fastest Growing Occupations Occupations with the

Most Annual Openings
Home Health Aides

Hot Physician Assistants 6.6%
Area Workforce Trends
Retail Salespersons 400
Medical Assistants 6.1%
Cashiers 380
Hot Netw ork Systems & Data Comm Analysts 6.0%
Comb Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl Fast Food 270
Projections to 2014
Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Applications 5.8%
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 260
Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Systems Softw are 5.7%

Pharmacy Technicians 5.5% Waiters & Waitresses 250
WIA Area #2 – GA Mountains
Hot Dental Hygienists 5.4%
Hot General & Operations Managers 210

Hot Netw ork & Computer Systems Administrators 5.4% Hot Registered Nurses 190
Hot Sales Reps, Whlsl & Mfg, Exc Tech & Scientific
Hot Computer Systems Analysts 5.2% 190
Hot Database Administrators 5.2% Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 190

Dental Assistants 5.2% Customer Service Representatives 190
Hot Ed Admins, Preschool & Child Care
5.2% 180
Center/Program Child Care Workers
Preschool Teachers, Exc Special Ed 5.2%
Office Clerks, General 160
Personal & Home Care Aides 5.1% Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping
Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Ed 150

Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 150

These fast-growing occupations will have better employ-
ment prospects than occupations with slow or declining
employment. Also, conditions will be more favorable for
mobility and advancement. Most of the job openings in this list will result from the
need to replace workers who change jobs rather than from
Six of the fastest growing occupations are associated with new job creation.
computer technology. This area is made up of 13 counties in northeast Georgia comprising
the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It includes the following
Nine require short-term on-the-job training of one month or counties: Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart,
Seven are found mainly in health services. less. Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White.

Five of these occupations do not require any formal educa- On a statewide level, four of these occupations have re-
tion beyond high school. ceived the “HOT” designation.
Workforce Information & Analysis Division
Nine have received the “HOT” label on a statewide basis for Although these occupations have many projected annual Georgia Department of Labor
the 2004-2014 projections period. openings, most 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 #2 is expected to grow from The area’s economy is currently among the fastest growing in
Most Job Growth
almost 210,000 jobs in 2004 to more than 276,000 by the year Georgia, with expected job growth of 2.8 percent per year over
2014, which equates to more than 6,600 new jobs added each the next ten years, as compared to 1.7 percent for the state. Retail Salespersons 1,990

year. This area’s main industry is poultry processing. Its prin- Customer Service Representatives 1,470

cipal city, Gainesville, is aptly nicknamed “the poultry capital The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below. Hot General & Operations Managers 1,400
of the world”, as it is the national leader in the production of Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 1,380
broiler chickens and the third largest producer of chicken eggs, Internet Serv Providers, Web Search
8.2% Cashiers 1,340
making it the state’s largest manufacturer of food products. Portals, & Data Proc Srvcs
Hot Registered Nurses 1,320
Other key industries include education, textile mills, health
Transit & Ground Passenger Transport 6.9%
services, agriculture, fabricated metal manufacturing, and ma- Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 1,310

chinery manufacturing. Comb Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl Fast Food 1,270

Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 5.9%
Hot Sales Reps, Whlsl& Mfg, Exc Tech & Scientific Products 1,250

The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are Waiters & Waitresses 1,040

listed below. Social Assistance 5.9% Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping

Nonmetallic Mineral Product Child Care Workers 1,000
Educational Services 6,480
Manufacturing Hot Elementary School Teachers, Exc Special Ed 900

Administrative & Support Services 5,560 Office Clerks, General 900
Administrative & Support Services 5.7%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 830
Food Services & Drinking Places 4,660
Securs, Comm Contracts, & Other Finan
Investmts & Related
Ambulatory Health Care Services 4,020
Museums, Historical Sites, & Similar
5.4% These 150 occupations – out of more than 700 - are project-
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 3,810 ed to add almost 18,500 jobs over the next 10 years, about
Health & Personal Care Stores 5.2% 28 percent of all projected job growth in this area.
Specialty Trade Contractors 3,780
Eight occupations require short-term on-the-job training of
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Ambulatory Health Care Services 5.2%
3,350 one month or less and three require a college degree.

Local Government, Excl Education &
3,020 Two of these jobs are in health services, a key industry in
Hospitals this area.
For copies of the Georgia Career Planner,
Self-Employed & Unpd Fam Wkrs 2,650
Georgia Workforce Trends or this publication,
call 404/232-3875 or contact your local On a statewide level, four of these occupations have re-
Hospitals 1,970
Department of Labor office. ceived the “HOT” label for their fast growth, high wages,
and plentiful job openings over the projections period.