Georgia area workforce trends: WIA area #1 - NW Georgia, projections to 2020



3.64% 3.54% .08% 96% %

Fastest Growing Occupations
These fast-growing occupations will have better employment prospects than occupations with slow or declining employment. Also, conditions will be more favorable for mobility and advancement.


Eight of the 15 are found mainly in health services.

Most of the listed occupations require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Five of the occupations have been designated as Hot on a state-
wide basis over the projections decade.

Home Health Aides
Hot Meeting and Convention Planners
Personal and Home Care Aides Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Medical Secretaries Physical Therapist Assistants
Tour Guides and Escorts Interpreters and Translators Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Hot Respiratory Therapists Hot Physical Therapists
Credit Analysts Physical Therapist Aides
Hot Dental Hygienists Hot Health Educators

4.43% 4.02% 3.64% 3.54% 3.08% 2.96% 2.79% 2.74% 2.68% 2.67% 2.59% 2.58% 2.58% 2.57% 2.57%

Occupations with the Most Annual Openings
Most of the annual openings in this list will result from the need to replace workers who change jobs rather than from new job creation.
Only two of these jobs require a college degree.
Three of these occupations have been designated as Hot on a
statewide basis over the projections decade.
Almost half of the listed jobs are in office and administrative support or sales.

Retail Salespersons
Cashiers Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers,
Including Fast Food Waiters and Waitresses
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Hot Registered Nurses*
Customer Service Representatives
Child Care Workers
Hot Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Office Clerks, General
Managers of Retail Sales Workers
Hot Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
Teacher Assistants
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer

360 330 310 260 190 180 170 140 130 120 110 110 100 100 100

* Education and Training Classification System (udpated 2012).

Georgia Area Workforce Trends
Projections to 2020
WIA Area #1 NW Georgia
This area is made up of 15 counties in northwest Georgia in and around the cities of Dalton and Rome. It includes the following counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield.
Workforce Statistics & Economic Research Mark Butler, Commissioner

Total Industry Growth

Industry Rate of Growth

Occupations with the Most Job Growth

Total employment in WIA Area #1 is expected to grow from 273,000 jobs in 2010 to almost 290,000 by the year 2020. This equates to 1,700 new jobs added each year. This area is home to the largest concentration of tufted carpet producers in the United States.
The demand for homes has started to gain some traction, fueled by low interest rates and an improved outlook for jobs. Builders are starting backup idled projects as homeowners recover from depreciated housing values. Northwest Georgia is well positioned to take advantage of the boost in housing, which should help propel the area's economic growth. In addition to the textile industry, other key industries include educational services, health services, food manufacturing, truck transportation, plastics and rubber products manufacturing, electrical equipment manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, and primary metal manufacturing.
The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are
listed below.

Educational Services Food Services and Drinking Places Ambulatory Health Care Services Administrative and Support Services
Hospitals Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers Social Assistance
General Merchandise Stores Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

1,030 720 680 640

3,870 3,270 2,600 2,070 1,910 1,830

The area's economy is not expected to grow as fast as the state's (1.1%) economy. However, the region should expand (0.6% per year), and trail the nation (1.3%).
The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.

Pipeline Transportation
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institution
Support Activities for Transportation Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related
Industries Publishing Industries
Internet Service Providers, Web Search Portals, and Data Pro
Ambulatory Health Care Services
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Social Assistance
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers

4.14% 3.54% 3.39% 3.32% 2.95% 2.92% 2.80% 2.55% 2.25% 2.22%

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call 404/232-3875 or contact your local Department of Labor office.

These 15 occupations out of more than 800 - are projected to add close to 8,300 jobs over the next 10 years, over 50 percent of all projected job growth in Northwest Georgia.

Four of these occupations require training beyond a high school diploma or equivalent.
Two of these occupations have been designated as Hot during
the projections period, as they are fast-growing, high-paying, and have at least 100 expected annual job openings on a statewide basis.

Comb Food Prep & Serving Workers, Incl Fast Food
Hot Registered Nurses*
Retail Salespersons

1,390 1,090 850

Waiters and Waitresses
Hot Elem. School Teachers, Except Special Ed
Child Care Workers

660 580 490

Office Clerks, General


Home Health Aides


Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*


Customer Service Reps


Teacher Assistants


Cooks, Restaurant


Janitors and Cleaners, Exc Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners


Medical Secretaries


Licensed Practical and LicensedVoc Nurses


* Education and Training Classification System (udpated 2012).

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