Job growth in the United States remains consistently strong with an average of more than 200,000 jobs per month added in first two quarters of 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
• In what states are jobs available?
• What occupations are growing?
These are the two questions being asked by those looking for employment in an established career or who want to begin a new career that pays better, has more opportunity or that offers more personal satisfaction.
States with Job Growth
The good news is that every state is participating in the 200,000+ jobs being created in a typical month in 2014. However, a minority of states are experiencing the lion’s share of the growth in jobs, according to recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here are the seven states experiencing the fastest job growth in 2014 and what occupations are fueling the growth.
North Dakota: The projected 2014 job growth is 3.3 percent, and the state’s shale oil and gas development industry is the primary reason.
Texas: Growth is expected to be 2.6 percent in 2014 with high-tech, the energy industry and housing construction leading the way.
Arizona: Growth in the solar power industry and bioscience are producing job growth expected to be 2.6 percent in 2014.
Utah: A job growth rate of 2.5 percent is being driven by construction, leisure, hospitality and IT doing very well.
Colorado: Mining, manufacturing, construction, health and education sectors are experiencing the best growth, pushing the total growth rate to 2.4 percent.
Idaho: The 2.3 percent job growth rate is supported by new jobs in manufacturing, construction, IT and education.
Florida: New home construction is a major reason for the state’s 2.3 percent increase in jobs. Plus, jobs are being created by several large corporations such as Hertz moving their headquarters to the Sunshine State.
Job Growth by Occupation
Here’s a look at the best employment opportunities across the nation by general field and specific discipline where numbers are available from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The categories below are those used by the BLS.
Healthcare: Jobs are being added in all medical fields. The most opportunities are available for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nutritionist, skilled technicians, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social assistance workers, receptionists, administrators and home health care workers.
Manufacturing: The production of durable goods such as automobiles, furniture, machinery, sporting goods, machinery and appliances has led job growth in this industry. Supply chain and sales jobs are up as a result of growth in this sector.
Professional and Business Services: Job growth is taking place in engineering and other highly technical fields, accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, computer services, software design, specialized design, consulting, translation and interpretation and research services.
Leisure and Hospitality: New jobs are being created in food service establishments.
Finding Your Next Job
A successful job search may include marketing yourself through a website or social media, networking, keeping a close eye on job listings and working with a recruiter or search firm. The more of these techniques you employ, the greater your exposure will be to potential employers.