The Fastest Growing Careers In Alabama


Searching for a new job in Alabama? Consider seeking employment in one of the state’s rapidly growing fields, which include healthcare, teaching, and machinery. Read on to learn more about the fastest-growing careers in Alabama.

In the past few years, job hunting was a challenge in the struggling labor market. Fortunately, the national unemployment rate has fallen to 4.1%. Better news for those in Alabama: the state’s unemployment rate was 3.8% as of March 2018, so opportunities seem to be growing in the Yellowhammer State. The average hourly wage among all occupations in Alabama was $20.76 as of May 2017.

The U.S. Department of Labor collects data on the most in-demand occupations in each region. Its tables are based on current annual job openings and projected growth between 2014 and 2024. The top ten fastest-growing careers in Alabama for that decade are as follows:

Alabama’s Fastest Growing Careers

ProfessionProjected Employment 2024*Percentage Growth
Occupational Therapy Assistants59057%
Commercial Divers2050%
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators3,36047%
Physical Therapist Assistants2,88047%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary2,57041%
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
(except EMTs)
Nurse Practitioners2,40037%
Physical Therapist Aides77037%
Physical Therapists3,28037%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other83035%

Source: *CareerOneStop from the DOL

All of the above careers are in industries that are growing relatively quickly throughout the U.S. Others include those in healthcare, educational support, information services, and construction.


Jobs with the Most Openings in Alabama

The fastest-growing jobs aren’t necessarily the ones with the most expected job openings since openings can be created by turnover, retirement and other factors in addition to growth. The following table outlines those occupations that are expected to have the most vacancies in Alabama through 2024:

ProfessionEmploymentProjected Annual Openings
Retail Salespeople59,8102,620
Food Preparation & Service Workers43,4801,900
Registered Nurses (RNs)46,4601,870
Team Assemblers33,5501,560
Waiters and Waitresses29,2401,480
Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers36,1901,380
Customer Service Reps31,4301,190
Office Clerks45,7501,090
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Workers35,2901,030

Source: **CareerOneStop from the DOL