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Fastest Growing Occupations Occupations with the

Most Annual Openings
Georgia
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, &
Cosmetologists
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
5.5%

5.2%
Retail Salespersons 300
Area Workforce Trends
Home Health Aides 4.4% Cashiers 300

Laundry & Dry-Cleaning Workers 4.3% Comb Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl Fast Food 200
Projections to 2014
Hot Netw ork Systems & Data Comm Analysts 3.5% Waiters & Waitresses 190

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 3.4% Hot Registered Nurses 110
WIA Area #8 – West Central GA
Preschool Teachers, Exc Spec Ed 3.3% Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 110

Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers 3.2% Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 100

Medical Assistants 3.2% Child Care Workers 100

Pressers, Textile, Garment, & Related Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 100
3.2%
Materials
Hot Ed Admins, Preschool & Child Care Hairdressers, Hairstylists, & Cosmetologists 90
3.1%
Center/Program
Customer Service Representatives 90
Counter & Rental Clerks 3.1%
Hot Computer Softw are Engineers, Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Ed 90
3.0%
Applications
Paving, Surfacing, & Tamping Equipment Hot General & Operations Managers 90
2.9%
Operators
Food Preparation Workers 80
Refuse & Recyclable Material Collectors 2.9%
Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping
80
Cleaners

These fast-growing occupations will have better employ-
ment prospects than occupations with slow or declining Most of the annual openings in this list will result from the
employment. Also, conditions will be more favorable for need to replace workers who change jobs rather than from
mobility and advancement. new job creation.
This area is made up of 10 counties in west central Georgia in and
around the cities of Carrollton, LaGrange and Newnan. It includes the
Two of the fastest growing occupations are associated with Nine of these jobs require short-term on-the-job training of following counties: Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether,
the healthcare industry and two are related to computers. one month or less. Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson.

Ten occupations require no formal education beyond high Three have been designated “HOT” on a statewide basis for
school. this projections period.
Workforce Information & Analysis Division
Three have earned the “HOT” label for this period on a Although these occupations have many projected annual open- Georgia Department of Labor
statewide basis. ings, more than half of them pay less than average wages. Michael L. Thurmond
Commissioner
Total Industry Growth Industry Rate of Growth Occupations with the
Total employment in WIA Area #8 is expected to grow from While the area’s economy is currently not growing as fast as
Most Job Growth
almost 163,000 jobs in 2004 to almost 183,000 by the year Georgia’s overall, it is growing at essentially the same rate as
2014, which equates to almost 2,000 new jobs added each year. the nation’s economy. Area job growth is expected to be 1.2 Retail Salespersons 1,270

Key industries include textiles, apparel manufacturing, plastics percent per year, while Georgia’s job growth is expected to be Comb Food Prep & Serv Workers, Incl Fast
790
Food
and rubber products manufacturing, primary metal manufac- 1.7 percent per year. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, &
680
Cosmetologists
turing, and transportation equipment manufacturing. The area
Waiters & Waitresses 670
also has substantial employment in health services and higher The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.
education. Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 670

Waste Management & Remediation Cashiers 610
7.9%
The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are Service
Hot Registered Nurses 590
listed below. Nonmetallic Mineral Product
6.5% Customer Service Representatives 490
Manufacturing
Child Care Workers 460
General Merchandise Stores 3,210
Personal & Laundry Services 6.2%
Hot General & Operations Managers 410
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, &
Food Services & Drinking Places 3,140 5.7% Carpenters 390
Related
Hot Elem School Teachers, Exc Special Ed 380

Educational Services 2,840 Truck Transportation 5.0% Janitors & Cleaners, Exc Maids &
370
Housekeeping Cleaners
Teacher Assistants 360
General Merchandise Stores 4.8%
Administrative & Support Services 1,750
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 360

Construction of Buildings 3.7%
Personal & Laundry Services 1,420
Social Assistance 3.7%
These 15 occupations – out of more than 700 - are projected
Specialty Trade Contractors 1,290 to add 8,500 jobs over the next 10 years, 43 percent of all
Heavy & Civil Engineering Construction 3.2%
projected job growth in this area.
Local Government, Excl Education &
1,170
Hospitals Transit & Ground Passenger Transport 3.1% Seven occupations require short-term on-the-job training of
one month or less and three require a college degree.
Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,110

For copies of the Georgia Career Planner, Two are found in health services, a key industry in this area.
Construction of Buildings 970 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
Self-Employed & Unpd Family Wrkrs 910
Department of Labor office. 2014 for their fast job growth, high wages, and plentiful job
openings over the projections period.