What Industries are Hiring the Most Workers?

Iron Sculpture in Public Art

Industrial Arts has become a top industry in the US.
Industrial Arts has become a top industry in the US. | Source

Top Industries in America

The question "Which industries are most in need of manpower?" in regard to Art History and Industrial Art was asked by hubpages222. This is a good question to ask in the mid-summer of 2009 at the beginning of the ARRA Stimulus Projects implementation.

America is seeing the opening of related Stimulus Jobs that are set to rise and maintain at least through 2012 and the end of President Barack Obama's current American presidential term. many of the Stimulus Projects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are actually to be completed by the end of 2011 and it is hoped that related jobs created will be maintained in our nation's economy.

When we speak of industry or industries, we as readers and listeners often envision an industrial complex like an automobile manufacturing plant, a steel producing factory, or even a plastics factory like that shown on TV's early Rosanne show, set near Chicago. We might think of steel workers and automakers.

Agricultural industries exist as well, including meat packing and slaughter houses, vegetable processing, and other crop and animal processing operations. Timber cutting and processing is also an industry, just as textile manufacturing and coal mining are industries. In fact, any sort of work is known as part of a specific industry to the US Federal Government's Department of Labor. Healthcare is an industry as well, and also called part of the larger Service Industry. Information Technology (IT) is an industry. Education is an industry. In 21st Century America, service industries are increasing in type, use, demand, and numbers; while some other industries are declining. Top industries in America that demand the highestest numbers of workers (manpower) may not be those expected by the American public and American workers.

Industrial Art

Interchange design and landscaping in infrastructure renewal. ARRA 2009 funding permits additional jobs in these fields that create manpower demands. (public domain)
Interchange design and landscaping in infrastructure renewal. ARRA 2009 funding permits additional jobs in these fields that create manpower demands. (public domain)


Shale oil and natural gas discovery and extraction reached a peak in 4th QTR 2011 and 1st QTR 2012 and plateaued, because some of the states involved did not have enough placed to live to house all the workers needed. Some states had asked for help from the US Federal Government back in 2010 to accommodate oilfield workers with additional living spaces, but the help was slow. Look at the states below that have enough oil and natural gas to fuel all of North America for decades. While Texas demands the Keystone Pipeline to open additional jobs, these states already have the jobs and need housing. Which is easier to build - an apartment building or an oil pipeline?

Healthcare is Number 1 Industry


Industrial Arts are important in the Top 5 Industries in America requiring the most manpower from 2009 - 2012, although not in the number-one spot. Industrial Arts likely include the Number 3 and Number 4 spots as far as manpower goes, as listed below under "MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS."

During the Summer of 2009, approximately 7-8 months into President Barack Obama's first year in office, the job of PHYSICAL THERAPIST is the job title most often listed by employers in online job search engines and company Human Resources pages.

This job is included in the Healthcare Industry, making Healthcare the single American industry requiring the most manpower. While needed in many US States, physical therapists are in greatest demand in Texas, in its largest cities but also in its smaller towns. See related available jobs and employment trends at:

  • Hot Jobs in Texas - city-by-city manpower needs review in this southwestern state.
  • As another example, a review of New York City manpower needs, stimulus jobs and how to find them in the Northeast: New York City Recovery Zone.

The ARRA Stimulus-related projects will open construction jobs and related occupations - engineers, supervisors, estimators, technicians, etc. - on projects involving highways, bridges, railroads, and buildings (especially in revitalizing urban areas for future growth). Education and child care positions are also opening up under the ARRA; and energy-related jobs are definitely opening under Stimulus projects, also including a variety of engineers, technicians and related occupational titles.

→ New construction and energy-related jobs are most reconcilable with the type of work many individuals identify with the word industry.


From working with industrial data, including Federal and State employment projections (forecasts) and actual job listings and employment trends to be found, I find the top manpower requirements to be evident in the following industries at this point, mid-2009 and likely through at least to the end of 2011 and perhaps beyond. These Include:

  1. Healthcare Industry - Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians and specialists, Nurses: RNs, LPNs, LVNs; nursing aides, healthcare support.
  2. Education - Teachers, teaching assistants, school lunch programs, others.
  3. Construction and Infrastructure - US National Guard jobs in many states, transportation media, bridges, and roads; new "green" commercial and residential buildings, "green" rehabilitation of current buildings (especially in urban areas); others.
  4. Energy - For example, read about Green Oil, made from algae, at Hot Jobs in Santa Fe. Many sources of alternative energy and fuels are targeted from development and new job creation across the USA. Oil and Natural Gas jobs are booming in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and are expected to be in high demand at least through 2020.
  5. Child Care - Helps parents and other caretakers maintain employment.

Infrastructure Transportation Projects from ARRA

A Vision for American High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail Around the World

Economic Improvement via High Speed Rail

Traditional Concept of Industry & Industrial Art

The Stimulus Jobs created 2009 - 2012 that most resemble the popular concept of industry will be those in Infrastructure/Construction, and Energy. Especially in the construction trades, arts and industrial arts are quite evident from bridge design, building architecture, materials & design, computer design (CAD/CAM, etc.), landscaping, metal work, ornamental iron, friezes, ornmental plastering, sculptures, and dozens of other categories. The leading Construction-type jobs at this time include the following list gathered from Internet job search engines and employer websites, all crawled by Indeed.com..


  1. Part-Time Sales and Support in industrial parts, tools, and supplies
  2. Project Managers - Construction related.
  3. Heavy Construction Equipment Operators
  4. Indirect Fire Infantrymen
  5. Operations Intelligence Apprentices
  6. Combat Engineers, US Military
  7. Railway Operations Crewmembers, US Military
  8. Builders, Us Military
  9. Carpentry & Masonry Specialists
  10. Electrical Engineers
  11. SERE - "Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape" Instructors
  12. Construction - Truck Drivers
  13. Carpenters
  14. Electricians
  15. Systems Engineers
  16. Engineering Technicians
  17. Trades Helpers - Carpenter helpers and others.


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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Good hub. You really love researching don't you? Good job.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

I do, Ido. Glad there's something to find :) Thanks, RVDaniels!

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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

It is interesting to see that energy is high up as I am entering the green energy industry in the UK and as we now live in a globalised world that should help my prospects. Good hub, thanks!

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

This is great, so many people looking, now they know where to look and how to get prepared to maintain their own personal future as well as the future of the industries. Great hub!

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thor6 7 years ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

I dont know were you find the time and energy to do all of this research, but your hubs are very good indeed. me i am a novice at this game, but at least i am giving it a go. Ever thought of putting all your hubs together and getting a book published. Keep up the good work and have a peak at my new hubs and tell me what you think,your comments are always appreciated.

Take good care of yourself.


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Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

Great info. Too bad painters aren't on that list! Good news is, they'll have all kinds of new walls they'll need decorated. And, I imagine they'll need lots of public sculptures. (hopefully!)

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

BristolBoy - The green energy industry should become very successful. What with all the algea build up in the oceans, it can be made into green petroleum itself. Why not use algea, wind, solar, geothermal, and whatever else is cleaner and use what's in the envorinment that is sustainable? Good show on your part.

emohealer - Thanks for your kind words. There is more concrete, realistic, effective help available than what is "out there" and I think I can contribute to the postive.

thor6 - Thanks for your comments! Many of these Hubs might indeed make an evergreen info book - resumes and job search sorts of things. The employment trends change a lot, though, but a historical view and an educated guess for 40 years into the future might work. I worked in adult education, education & training, and workforce types of takes for 11 years and maintain an interest. I saw good results and some programs that were useless, so I am intrigued by current trends.

Laura Spector - Painters no doubt will be needed as well, along with muralists. I beleive some of the Stimulus dollars are going to art education and outdoor mural and scultpture commissions as you mention.

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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Patty Inglis, well done. I live in Canada and have too say that you are right on regarding the hottest jobs. Healthcare service related jobs are very hot in Canada. They are usually very stable and as the Baby Boomers age then there will be increased demand for PT, OT, Nurses etc.

Thanks for the info. I'll be checking out other sources that you've mentioned. Rated Up...

hubpages222 7 years ago

Thanks for the information.Take care.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thank you DynamicS! - It is good to know what is happening in Canada as well.

hubpages222 - Thanks for asking the question. Hope the info helps people that need jobs.

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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Very impressed! I live in Canada and have to agree Healthcare industry is the way to go! Seems like they are always in need of workers!

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Sandyspider 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Good Hub! I'm from the construction field in engineering. It is pretty dead here anyway.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Jenny30 - Thanks for the comments. I have to red up on Canadian healthcare a bit more. Good to have you visit and comment!

Sandyspider - Thanks! - Bridges and cantilever architecture have fascinated me since the first grade. It will be interesting to view contrsuction projects under ARRA and see what actually results. Thanks for your kind words.

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euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

Really well researched hub. I love your layout and your selection of graphics and photos to illustrate your arguments. Especially the aerial image of the highway-crossing (first picture) made me click on this hub (apart from the interesting theme itself).

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the kind words, euro-pen! Glad to know you were drawn to the aerial photo. I like the construction related page dividers as well.

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FluExpert 7 years ago from Wilmington

@Sandyspider - yeah, you right_))

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Creaminizer23 7 years ago from New York, Usa

very interesting hub

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Greg Palmer 7 years ago

The manufacture of industrial equipment is forming the basis of the American economic renewal. It will be good to see the country return to its production roots.

peacenhim 7 years ago

Great Hub! Well needed these days! Yes...everywhere I turn I see health care providers are in demand! This is one type of career that is stable.

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kimanesha 6 years ago from San Bernardino

I really appreciate the informative information you have provided in this hub. Thank you for the insight.

Dan Gold Coast Electrician 6 years ago

Interesting to see the similarities between difference countries.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

The Oil Boom is opening even more jobs than expected in North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania and engineers are needed in those places as well. Privatized Space Travel, research funding given by Google in 2011, needs engineers too!

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bakkendispatch 4 years ago from North Dakota

Patty, is it true that things are slowing down in terms of jobs? I've heard that, as the rig count has declined a bit, but didn't know if that's accurate.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Permits to drill 159 new oil wells on the MHA Nation reservation around New Town ND were approved in May 2012; jobs should continue to increase in light of that. MHA alone has another 80 or so permit applications waiting to be processed.

Gas and Oil jobs seem to be increasing faster in Houston TX in October 2012, though.

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