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Fastest Growing Occupations Occupations with the

Most Annual Openings
Hot Netw ork Systems & Data Comm
Home Health Aides

3.8% Cashiers 190
Area Workforce Trends
Hot Employment, Recruitment, & Placement Retail Salespersons 160
Specialists Hot
Hot Netw ork & Computer Systems Admins 2.9%
Registered Nurses
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers,
Projections to 2014
Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Combined Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl
2.8% Fast Food
Waiters & Waitresses 100

WIA Area #17 – SW Georgia
Personal & Home Care Aides 2.7%
Child Care Workers 90

Residential Advisors 2.7% Farmworkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, &
Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids &
Medical Assistants 2.6% 80
Housekeeping Cleaners
Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 80
Counter & Rental Clerks 2.6%
Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Edi 70
Supvrs of Landscap, Law n, &
2.5% Customer Service Representatives 60
Groundskeeping Wkrs
Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Systems Hot General & Operations Managers 60
Softw are
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 60
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsec 2.4%
Office Clerks, General 60
Probation Officers & Correctional
2.4% Teacher Assistants 60
Treatment Specialists
Team Assemblers 60
Hot Vocational Education Teachers, Postsec 2.4%

Child, Family, & School Social Workers 2.2%

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 Two of these jobs are in healthcare and one is directly re-
mobility and advancement. lated to the agricultural industry.
This area includes the 14 counties of southwest Georgia in and around
the city of Albany. It includes the following counties: Baker, Calhoun,
Four of the fastest growing occupations are found in the Eleven require short-term on-the-job training of one month Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell,
healthcare industry and four are computer-related. or less. Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth.

Six have been designated “HOT” during this period on a On a statewide basis, three of these occupations have
statewide basis. earned the “HOT” label for this period.
Workforce Information & Analysis Division
Six of these jobs do not require any formal education be- Although these occupations have many projected annual open- Georgia Department of Labor
yond 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 #17 is expected to grow from The area’s economy is expected to lag behind both the state’s
Most Job Growth
more than 148,000 jobs in 2004 to more than 155,000 by the and the nation’s economy over the projection period. Area job
year 2014, which equates to more than 680 new jobs added each growth is expected to be 0.5 percent per year, while Georgia’s Hot Registered Nurses 600

year. This area is the chief producer of agricultural products in job growth is expected to be 1.7 percent per year and the nation Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids &
Housekeeping Cleaners
Georgia and is the largest producer of both peanuts and pecans is expected to have annual job growth of 1.2 percent. Child Care Workers 340
in the United States. In addition to having substantial employ-
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 330
ment in education and healthcare, this area is also a principal The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.
Customer Service Representatives 310
producer of food and kindred products, apparel and other textile
mill products, and paper and wood products. Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 270
Petroleum & Coal Products Mfg 7.1%
Teacher Assistants 240

The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are Administrative & Support Services 4.4% Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Ed 230
listed below. Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 180

Electronics & Appliance Stores 4.2% Team Assemblers 180
Administrative & Support Services 4,240
Security Guards 170
Rental & Leasing Services 3.7% Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers,
Educational Services 1,820 160
Combined Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl
Waste Mgt & Remediation Services 3.0% 150
State Government, Excl Education & Fast Food
1,110 Hot General & Operations Managers 150
Hospitals State Government, Excl Education &
2.3% Personal & Home Care Aides 150
Hospitals 870
Social Assistance 2.2%
Ambulatory Health Care Services 640
These 15 occupations – out of more than 700 - are projected
Nursing & Residential Care Facilities 2.1%
to add almost 3,900 jobs over the next 10 years, more than
Social Assistance 530 Plastics & Rubber Products half of all projected job growth in this area.
Food Services & Drinking Places 480 Nonmetallic Mineral Product
Nine occupations require short-term on-the-job training of
1.9% one month or less and three require a college degree.

Nursing & Residential Care Facilities 450
Three are in the healthcare industry, a key industry in this
For copies of the Georgia Career Planner, area.
Plastics & Rubber Products
440 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
Rental & Leasing Services 350
Department of Labor office. 2014 as a result of their fast job growth, high wages, and
plentiful job openings over this period.