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Tennessee Department of Labor offers job opportunity and training projection

Jobs with rapid growth generally require formal degrees and have high wages. Jobs with the large employee growth require on-the-job training and have moderate wages... Jobs with rapid growth generally require formal degrees and have high wages. Jobs with the large employee growth require on-the-job training and have moderate wages.

Jobs Growing by Rate:  The majority of the top 25 detailed occupations by growth rate  requires a bachelor’s degree or more , with 4 of the top 10 requiring an associate’s degree or work in a related occupation . Six of the top 10 requires a bachelor’s degree or better.  Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary, as well as network systems and data communications analysts require a bachelor’s degree or more.  So do mental health and substance abuse workers, special education teachers, middle school, social and human service assistants, and health specialties teachers, postsecondary.  

Jobs Growing in Numbers: There are many occupations requiring long-term, moderate-term, or short-term training when occupations are listed by number of new jobs. Combined food preparation and serving workers, retail salespersons, and waiters and waitresses require short-term training. Registered nurses need an associate’s degree.  Cashiers as well as janitors and cleaners require short term training. The top 10 list is completed with general and operation managers  (BA degree), customer service representatives (moderate term training), nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants (short term training), and food preparation workers (short term training).

Occupations with large numbers of jobs  are paid lower generally than average wages, but they tend to require less training.  Typical among these jobs is combined food preparation and serving workers, with $14,100 average annual salary and requiring short-term training.  Jobs that require moderate-term training, however, command a greater salary.  Customer service representatives, at $27,100, are an example.

Some occupations with high pay are listed also among those with a high number of jobs.  Registered nurses earn an average annual salary of $49,900. Elementary school teachers require a bachelor’s degree and receive on average $40,200. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers have a $33,400 salary with moderate-term training; this job has fairly good pay relative to the training period.  

Changes in Industry: Most of the new jobs projected for industries are service-providing rather than goods-producing.  Goods-producing jobs generally have higher pay, and they enliven trade as goods are exported outside the state.  Goods-producing jobs include manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and mining. Service-providing jobs can make our lives enjoyable and tolerable—for example these jobs accommodate us, feed us, transport us, and provide care for us.  Goods-producing jobs grow at a slower rate, resulting from increased efficiency at the workplace, and increased imports. Factors related to manufacturing efficiency are machine automation, labor-saving procedures, and the use of computer technology. 

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