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Healthcare expected to have biggest job growth

Mississippi will see a 14.2 percent increase in jobs between 2006 and 2016, according to occupational employment projection information from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) and the Labor Market Information Department.

The percentage represents an increase of 195,900 jobs in the 10-year span, and the total projected average annual job openings will be 54,325.

The highest growth rate will occur in the healthcare profession.

In the practitioners and technical jobs category, which includes physicians, surgeons, dentists and therapists, an increase of 18,050 jobs is projected, a growth rate of 23.5 percent.

 Healthcare support occupations like home health aides, dental assistants and other medical aides will grow by 25.6 percent, or 10,250 jobs. In this category, occupational and physical therapist assistants and aides will increase the most with a 33 percent growth.

Education, training and library jobs will grow 13 percent, an increase of 11,550 jobs. Among the education jobs, postsecondary teaching positions will increase the most with a 20.2 percent increase.

Protective service jobs like firefighters and law enforcement workers will grow by 5,450 – a 15.4 percent increase. In that field, the most growth will be shown among firefighters and fire prevention workers with a 19.8 percent increase. Community and social services jobs will increase by 19.9 percent, an increase of 4,600.

Sales and related jobs will increase by 14.3 percent, a growth of 19,700 jobs while office and administrative support jobs will increase by 8.5 percent, or 16,550 jobs.

Production jobs — a category that includes assemblers and fabricators, food processing workers, metal and plastic workers and textile, apparel and furnishings workers — will increase by 16,800, an 11.4 percent increase.

Other categories and their respective increases include:

• Personal care and service jobs will increase by 16.7 percent, an increase of 7,650 jobs. 

• Food preparation and serving-related jobs will grow by 15,750 positions, a 15.8 percent increase.

• Computer and mathematical jobs will grow by 2,850, a growth of 28 percent.

• Construction and extraction jobs will increase by 9,450, and installation, maintenance and repair jobs will increase by 8,450.

• Farming, fishing and forestry jobs will increase by 1,500, or 5.8 percent.

• Jobs in management such as executives and sales managers will increase by 10,400 or 13.8 percent.

• Business and financial operations jobs will increase by 5,000 or 17.7 percent.

• Architecture and engineering jobs will increase by 3,350 or 19.2 percent.

• Life, physical and social science jobs will increase by 950, a growth rate of 11.4 percent.

• Legal jobs will increase by 1,700, a 19.3 percent growth rate.

• Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media jobs will increase by 12.7 percent or 2,350 jobs.

• Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance jobs will increase by 8,550, a 14.6 percent increase.

• Transportation and material moving jobs are projected to increase by 13.6 percent, a growth of 15,050 jobs.

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