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Jobs in the health care field are projected to grow at a rapid rate the next eight years in the Springfield region, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Of the Top 10 growing job categories in southwest Missouri, four are health care related, including Nos. 1 and 2, social assistance and ambulatory health care services, respectively. Conversely, manufacturing is in seven of the bottom 10 projected categories, with apparel manufacturing estimated to shrink by 51.7 percent through 2018. A high number of food manufacturing jobs also are projected to slip.

MERIC’s data considers Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster counties.

Jobs in Vogue
The top 10 job categories in the Ozarks, based on projected job growth through 2018:
                                                        2008           2018           Percent
                                                        Employed    Projection   Change

1. Social assistance                            2,594          3,415           31.6%
2. Ambulatory health care services      9,544          12,302         28.9%
3. Mining (except oil and gas)             259             326              25.9%
4. Telecommunications                       1,726          2,162           25.3%
4. Local government                          7,928           9,935           25.3%
6. Specialty trade contractors             8,143           9,857           21%
7. Professional, scientific                    7,187           8,689           20.9%
    and technical services
8. Nursing/residential care facilities     5,791           6,931           19.7%
9. Waste management                       392              467              19.1%
10. Health and personal care stores    1,709            1,983           16%

Old Hat Jobs
The bottom 10 job categories in the Ozarks, based on projected job growth through 2018:

                                                      2008              2018            Percent
                                                   Employed       Projection        Change

94. Apparel manufacturing                147                   71             -51.7%
93. Animal production                       135                  108            -20%
92. Computer/electronic                    712                  574           -19.4%
      product manufacturing
91. Wood product manufacturing       451                   382           -15.3%
90. Food manufacturing                   3,238                2,784         -14%
89. Electrical equipment,                   795                   688          -13.5%
      appliance and
      component manufacturing
88. Furniture/related                         444                   397         -10.6%
      product manufacturing
88. Transportation equipment          2,108                 1,885        -10.6%
      manufacturing
87. Publishing industries                  1,408                 1,343        -4.6%
86. Gasoline stations                       2,166                 2,179         0.6%
Source: Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Projected Growth
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