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High-Paying Jobs in Tennessee and Training Requirements

Updated on December 12, 2016

Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

Elvis Presley, my distant cousin, would have been 80 years old on January 8, 2015.
Elvis Presley, my distant cousin, would have been 80 years old on January 8, 2015.

High Demand Jobs

Beyond a Bachelor's Degree

The following high demand occupations in Tennessee require higher certifications than a Bachelor's Degree.

Specifically, these careers require a Professional Degree, a Masters or PhD, an MBA, and/or some additional standard state Certifications and Licenses. Average wages are based on average wages found by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2010 - 2015.

  1. Financial Managers - $60,100 average wages or salary per year
  2. Pharmacists $95,300
  3. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes $55,700
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $27,500

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Bachelor's Degree (4-6 years)

  1. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software $67,200
  2. Computer Software Engineers, Applications $63,600
  3. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists $45,700
  4. Accountants and Auditors $43,800
  5. Elementary School Teachers (Except Special Education) $39,600
  6. Special Education Teachers: Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary $39,200

High School, with On-the-Job-Training, Short to Long-Term


  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $33,700
  • Fire Fighters $33,800


  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers $30,400


  • Dental Assistants $29,700


  • Bill and Account Collectors $27,000
  • Loan Interviewers and Clerks $26,300

Additional High Growth Jobs

This position also requires higher than a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Mental Health Counselors $28,100

Associate Degree (2 yrs.) or Vocational Training post-High School

  • Physical Therapist Assistants $39,900
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists $33,300
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $27,600

Previous Related Work Experience - Degrees often not required.

  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives $49,100
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators $45,400
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Grounds Workers $28,500

Forecasts for Projected Job Growth to 2016

All of the yellow-highlighted job titles are in Healthcare.
All of the yellow-highlighted job titles are in Healthcare.

Job Search and Education Resources

Tennessee Tech Univeristy
Tennessee Tech Univeristy | Source

Tennessee Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Training Programs; and Independent Job Exploration programs cover all of the state.

Determine your career interests and locate good training opportunities at any of the following schools:

American Baptist College
Aquinas College
Austin Peay State University
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Belmont University
Bethel University
Bryan College-Dayton
Carson-Newman College
Christian Brothers University
Cumberland University
East Tennessee State University
Emmanuel Christian Seminary
Fisk University
Fountainhead College of Technology
Free Will Baptist Bible College
Freed-Hardeman University
Harding University Graduate School of Religion
Hiwassee College
International Academy of Design and Technology-Nashville
ITT Technical Institutes
John A Gupton College
Johnson Bible College
Kaplan Career Institute-Nashville
King College
Lambuth University
Lane College
Le Moyne-Owen College
Lee University
Lincoln Memorial University
Lipscomb University
Martin Methodist College
Maryville College
Meharry Medical College
Memphis College of Art
Memphis Theological Seminary
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc
Middle Tennessee State University
Milligan College
Nossi College of Art
O'More College of Design
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Remington College
Rhodes College
Richmont Graduate University
Sewanee - The University of the South
South College
Southern Adventist University
Southern College of Optometry
Temple Baptist Seminary
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee Technology Centers statewide in several cities
Tennessee Temple University
Tennessee Wesleyan College
The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Martin
Trevecca Nazarene University
Tusculum College
Union University
University of Memphis
University of Phoenix-Memphis and Nashville
Vanderbilt University
Watkins College of Art Design & Film
West Tennessee Business College
Williamson Christian College

See current Tennessee Standard Wages: 700 different occupations in Tennessee:

Visit Tennessee Regional Career Centers

Visit Youth Employment Opportunities in Tennessee: Summer and Year-round

Top Cities for Good Jobs

Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Franklin, Brentwood, Clarksville, Johnson City, Murfreesboro.

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Top High Demand Jobs

  1. Trucking - Truck Drivers and Owner-Operators
  2. Physicians - several specialties
  3. RN and LPN Nurses and Medical Assistants
  4. Engineers - IT, Energy, Manufacturing, and Aerospace
  5. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  6. Assistant Store Managers: Retail, food service, drug stores, coffee shops, other.
  7. Warehousing Professionals; Material Handlers
  8. Pharmacists and Dentists
  9. Fast Food - Primarily Domino's, Pizza Hut, and McDonald's
  10. Manufacturing Jobs

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Ruby Falls
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Parthenon in Nashville
Parthenon in Nashville

Jobs That Are Being Eliminated

Declining Industries and Jobs in Tennessee

According to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development:

The job of File Clerk will lose the highest percentage of its openings through 2014 in Tennessee. This job loss among all of the declining jobs in the state is the result of any or all of the following factors:

  1. Attrition as workers retire (their jobs are not filled after they leave),
  2. A decreased demand for the product or service provided by the occupation,
  3. The combining of two or more positions into a single position for one employee,
  4. Company mergers that result in fewer job opportunities,
  5. Plant closings resulting from decreased product or service demand, an economic downturn, or financial difficulties,
  6. Additional digital automation that combines or eliminates positions,
  7. Expanded use of temporary workers to whom benefits and perks are not paid,
  8. Outsourcing of jobs,
  9. Other

Sewing Machine Operators are being replaced with computerized sewing machines and the import of sew products form foreign manufacturers is further reducing the need for domestic (USA-based) sewing machine workers. In addition to this, increasing numbers of items produced today do not require sewing, because of fibers and fabrics that can be glued or melded without needles and threads.

Computer Operators may be losing jobs to temporary workers and outsourcing positions to the overseas labor marketplace. With additional on the job training and/or education, the individuals that los jobs in this category of employment may be able to enter a higher level of Information Technology employment for greater opportunity and pay. Many companies offer professional development opportunities to their workers that may include some forms of more advance ITY training. In addition, there are a variety of accredited schools in Tennessee that offer IT training, including online distance-learning courses.

The Delta Queen in Tennessee
The Delta Queen in Tennessee

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    • Dona Rosa profile image

      Dona Rosa 8 years ago from Tennessee

      Excellent HUb for our state right now! THese are great stats, and super links to bookmark. A ++

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      Joe Russ 8 years ago from Kill Devill Hills, NC

      Great article. I assume you live in the Nashville area. Yesterday I bagan a series of Hubs about things related to the music community in Nashville. I lived and played there for 12 years and still miss it everyday. I published a Hub yesterday titled "Songwriting - Nashville Style". I am looking for pages here and online about all things Nashville to link to my pages. I would be interested in linking to your site here if you would agree. It would help me and might bring you more traffic.

      Again, great hub and keep up the good work.

      Joe Russ

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Hi Joe - feel free to link my Hub to your information. Will do my best to keep it updates.


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      srpatterson 7 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

      Great resource for those looking to make a move to Tennessee.

    • StevenCavendish profile image

      StevenCavendish 7 years ago

      I love statistical info like this. Thanks for an enjoyable hub Patty:)

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      Nashville 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      This is a great hub lots of information about the careers in Tennessee and what the jobs pay. I like how you include job growth over a certain number of years.

      This is very good information for anyone who is about to leave high school or college and jump into the job market.

      I wrote a hub on colleges in Tennessee if anyone is interested.

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      reviewadon 6 years ago

      I too love all these stats, really interesting stuff.

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      aufderkartbahn 6 years ago

      Thanks for your interesting article!

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      Roy Miller 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Patty for such a useful and interesting article. I am looking to move to Tennessee.

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      Zonk 6 years ago

      I'm from Germany but I worked in Nashville some years ago. Really nice working conditions!

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      Tom Lotter 6 years ago

      Hello Patty Inglish, MS,

      Great post ... very informative. Thanks for the good read.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great information,thanks for sharing.

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      maureral 6 years ago

      Excellent HUb for our state right now!..

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      Julie 5 years ago

      That is really good info!! Hubby & I are planning on moving to TN as soon as we can get things taken care of here!! So thanks for the info due to I am trying to find a job here &

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      archi1 5 years ago

      The job opportunity given by Tennessee is really good for job seekers as due to job scarcity many talented youth are even not getting proper scope to show their talent.I am glad to know these job opportunities.

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      louromano 5 years ago

      I love statistical info like this. Thanks for an enjoyable hub Patty.

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