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High-Paying Jobs in Tennessee

Updated on February 10, 2018
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Tennessee, home of Graceland and some high-paying jobs.
Tennessee, home of Graceland and some high-paying jobs.

High Demand High-Paying Jobs Require Education

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 for these Tennessee jobs are based on annual average wages found by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics from 202012 - 2017:

  1. Financial Managers: $60,000+ average wages or salary per year
  2. Pharmacists $95,000+
  3. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes: $55,000+
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers: $27,500+

High Demand Jobs for a 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

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Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee | Source

High Demand Jobs Requiring High School and On-the-Job-Training

Protective Services

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $35,000+
  • Fire Fighters $35,000+


  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers $30,000+

Healthcare Technicians

  • Dental Assistants $29,700
  • Medical Assistants $30,000 - $60,000+: Additional certification required.

Financial Products and Services

  • Bill and Account Collectors $28,000+
  • Loan Interviewers and Clerks $28,000+

Additional High Growth Jobs

This position also requires higher than a Bachelor's Degree, at least a Master's:

  • 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 Needed: 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

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

Top Cities for Good Jobs

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

High Demand Jobs to 2024

  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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Education and Job Search Resources: Tennessee Tech University. Most colleges and universities have job placement services and indexes of hiring employers.
Education and Job Search Resources: Tennessee Tech University. Most colleges and universities have job placement services and indexes of hiring employers. | Source

Education and Training

  • 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

Visit Tennessee Regional Career Centers for additional training programs.

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

Places to Go: Recreation and Tourism Related Jobs

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