Georgia area workforce trends: WIA area #9 - NE Georgia, projections to 2020

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.

Six of the fastest growing occupations are in the construction and extraction services field.
Four of these occupations require education or training beyond high school.
Only one occupation has earned the Hot label on a statewide
basis for this period.

Home Health Aides
Personal and Home Care Aides
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
Hot Meeting and Convention Planners
Occupational Therapist Assistants
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Writers and Authors
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics
and Installers Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators,
Vegetation Massage Therapists
Glaziers Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment
Operators Cost Estimators

5.74% 4.85% 4.69% 4.63% 4.53% 4.45% 4.07% 3.84% 3.80% 3.79% 3.67% 3.60% 3.52% 3.37% 3.37%

Occupations with the Most Annual Openings
Most of the job openings (2,270) in this list will result from the need to replace workers who change jobs (1,420, 63%) rather than from the creation of new jobs (850, 37%).
Only two occupations on the list require a college degree.
On a statewide level, three of these occupations have been des-
ignated Hot for the 2010-2020 projections period.
Although these occupations have many projected annual openings, more than half of them pay less than average wages.

Retail Salespersons
Comb. Food Prep and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Waiters and Waitresses
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Hot Registered Nurses*
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
Hot Elem School Teachers, Except Special Education
Customer Service Representatives Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping
Hot Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
Managers of Retail Sales Workers
Office Clerks, General
Teacher Assistants
Child Care Workers

270 270 260 210 160 130 130 120 120 110 110 100 100 90 90

* Education and Training Classification System (udpated 2012).

Georgia Area Workforce Trends
Projections to 2020
WIA Area #9 NE Georgia




Barrow Walton








This area is made of 12 counties in northeast Georgia in and around the city of Athens. It includes the following counties: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton.

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 #9 is expected to grow from approximately 187,000 jobs in 2010 to almost 216,000 by the year 2020, an average of 2,700 jobs added each year. The area is home to the state's flagship university, the University of Georgia, and a new industrial machinery facility. The main industries are higher education, health services, agriculture, nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, and to a lesser degree, poultry processing.
The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are listed below.

Educational Services


Ambulatory Health Care Services


Food Services and DrinkingPlaces


Specialty Trade Contractors


Administrative and Support Services


Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction




Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods




Truck Transportation


North East Georgia Mountains has the fourth fastest projected job growth in Georgia, with an estimated growth rate of 1.5%. The consistent growth of the area is expected to exceed the state (1.1%) and the nation (1.3%).
The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.

Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (exp copyrighted works) Warehousing and Storage
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Truck Transportation
Waste Management and Remediation Service
Specialty Trade Contractors
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Ambulatory Health Care Services

8.33% 6.54% 6.33% 5.15% 4.59% 4.50% 4.10% 3.62% 3.54% 3.22%

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These 15 occupations out of more than 800 - are projected to add almost 9,000 jobs over the next 10 years, 30 percent of all projected job growth in this area.
Most of these occupations do not require a college degree or any technical training.
Three of these occupations have made the coveted list of Georgia's
Hot Careers to 2020 for their fast job growth, high wages, and
plentiful job openings during this series of projections.

Comb Food Prep and Serving Workers, Incl Fast Food
Hot Registered Nurses*
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
Retail Salespersons
Waiters and Waitresses
Construction Laborers
Hot Elem School Teachers, Except Special Ed
Office Clerks, General
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Mat Movers, Hand Janitors and Cleaners, Exc Maids & Housekeeping
Cleaners Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Child Care Workers
Hot Supvrs of Office and Admin Support Workers
Customer Service Representatives

840 800 720 580 580 540 510 480 480 450 440 420 420 400

* Education and Training Classification System (udpated 2012).


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