Missouri Department of Economic Development officials estimate a net increase of 51,000 jobs statewide between 2017 and 2019, dominated by health care and technology positions.
Of the top 20 industries, four are in health care and technical occupations, and four are in computer and mathematical positions, according to data released by the DED’s Economic Research and Information Center.
Officials estimate the fastest-growing occupation will be personal care aides. The number of aides is expected to increase by 8.8 percent to 56,908 in 2019 compared with 52,312 in 2017.
While the personal care aide occupation is expected to grow by the largest amount, it’s the second-lowest paying job on the list, at an average annual wage of $20,810. The lowest is hotel, motel and resort desk clerks, at $20,790. The highest-paying job on the list is postsecondary teachers in health specialties, at $160,800, according to the DED data.
Below are the projected fastest-growing occupations in Missouri, by expected percent increases 2017-19. Also listed are projected employment numbers by 2020 and average annual wages:
• personal care aides, 56,908 jobs, 8.8 percent, $20,810;
• home health aides, 13,224, 7.8 percent, $22,440;
• software application developers, 15,597, 7.44 percent, $95,740;
• information security analysts, 3,199, 7.42 percent, $87,140;
• veterinary technologists and technicians, 1,725, 7 percent $36,370;
• veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, 2,326, 6.9 percent, $24,350;
• veterinarians, 2,053, 6.8 percent, $90,220;
• statisticians, 1,011, 6.7 percent, $70,070;
• dental laboratory technicians, 912, 6 percent, $37,180;
• physician assistants, 1,119, 5.5 percent, $95,150;
• market research analysts and marketing specialists, 11,674, 5.4 percent, $65,220;
• nurse practitioners, 4,386, 5.3 percent, $93,140;
• paralegals and legal assistants, 5,400, 5.2 percent, $49,870;
• respiratory therapists, 2,904, 5.14 percent, $53,200;
• tax preparers, 1,796, 5.09 percent, $38,630;
• operations research analysts, 1,097, 5.08 percent, $73,020;
• postsecondary teachers in health specialties, 6,073, 4.9 percent, $160,800;
• biological technicians, 1,314, 4.8 percent, $39,550;
• hotel, motel and resort desk clerks, 4,972, 4.7 percent, $20,790; and
• postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers, 1,222, 4.6 percent, $74,300.
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