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Best Job Markets in Tennessee

Updated on August 7, 2015
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One of the members of the HubPages Community, > Army Infantry Mom <, asked the question, Where's the best places to move in Tennessee?

I've been looking at maps of Tennessee and remembering some awesome vacations and conferences in that state from years past. I remember meeting cordial, helpful, and interesting people all through Tennessee, even in the grocery stores. Everyone was friendly and the visitors' attractions were worth seeing.

US Federal Department of Labor estimates of job growth for the decade 2004 - 2014 are located at Top 10 Jobs in Tennessee. New projections are prepared in decade length blocks every two years, but they sometimes appear early. For instance, the 2006 - 2016 estimates are shown below, while some US States were already releasing 2008 - 2016 estimates.

One-year estimates are also sometimes available. In 2008 - 2009 in Tennessee, the following jobs were estimated to grow more quickly in numbers than others:

  1. Social Services,
  2. Network Systems,
  3. Home Health Aides (HHAs),
  4. Self-Enrichment Instructors (adult education and others),
  5. Graduate Assistants -teaching and research designations, and
  6. Chemistry Teachers.

These short-tem projections seem not to have been met. The largest numbers of related job openings occurred in other careers (see below). Notably, each labor market area in the state seems to have many healthcare-related job openings.

Nashville - Fastest growing metro area.
Nashville - Fastest growing metro area. | Source

Fastest Growing Jobs in the State of Tennessee 2015 - 2020

Trucking Driving and truck-related jobs

  1. USA Truck
  2. CRST Expedited
  3. Hogan Transportation
  4. McLeod Express
  5. CRST Lease Purchase
  6. CRST Malone

Healthcare Jobs, primarily Registered Nurses (RNs), Physical Therapists, Medical Sales Representatives, Home Health Aides.

Food-related jobs, all levels of responsibility

  1. Pizza Hut
  2. Food City - groceries, etc.
  3. Taco Bell

Accommodations and Tourism

  1. Marriott Hotels and Resorts
  2. Hilton Worldwide
  3. Gaylord Opryland
  4. OMNI Nashville Hotel

Retail Establishments - Managers and Crew

  1. Family Dollar
  2. Lowes - home improvement/DIY

Engineering

  1. US Navy Reserve
  2. Saudi Aramco
  3. US Air Force
  4. Recruiting Companies

Other

  1. Central Payment - credit card processing.

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Economic Recovery for Tennesee

Post Great Recession Recovery for the State of Tennessee is evident after good use of Stimulus/ARRA funding from 2009 - 2015.

Not only was the money well applied to boosting education and jobs, but it was followed up with the efforts of citizens to increase business, jobs, and cultural activities. This is most evident in Nashville. There, a group of artist-musicians has gathered those of like mind to make the city blossom with beauty and opportunity, as well as volunteerism through faith based organizations.

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Most of these jobs involve infrastructure building and revitalization as they cluster in the following cities, in order of decreasing ARRA funding and market demand:

  • Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Spring City, Oak Ridge, Clarksville, and Jackson.

Infrastructure has made a smoother way for businesses and families to come into the cities listed above permanently.

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Fast Growing Jobs in the Largest Metro Areas

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Home Health Aides
  4. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts & Other IT jobs
  5. Self-Enrichment Jobs: Fitness Instructors, Arts & Music Instructors, Tutors, Other
  6. Veterinarians & Veterinary Techs
  7. Personal Financial Advisors
  8. Farm, Ranch, and related jobs; Agricultural Managers
  9. Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants & Medical Assistants
  10. Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Professionals

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Infrastructure improvement has made a smoother way for businesses and families to come into the cities listed above permanently.

Comparison: 2006 - 2016

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Regions of Tennessee

Top 5 Tennessee Job Markets

SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com are the leading job listings aggregators of job openeings aross the Internet. They have developed databases that lists occupational openings, employment trends, related charts, and other infomration. The trending applications picture job listing trends for a period of 4-5 years or more.

The largest numbers of Tennessee jobs occur most often in the following Top Five Metro Areas and three major state regions, highest to lowest:

  1. Memphis - Western Region
  2. Nashville - Central Region
  3. Knoxville - Eastern Region
  4. Chattanooga - Eastern Region
  5. Jackson - Western Region

Additional Top Job Markets

  • Johnson City
  • Clarksville
  • Franklin - near Belle Meade, the 12th Richest City in the USA in 2011.
  • Brentwood
  • Oak Ridge
  • Tri-Cities - This metro area is a triangle made up of the cities of two states: Johnson City and Kingsport TN, and Bristol, Virginia. This job market is larger than either of the included Tennessee cities' areas alone. Officially, the US Census lists Britol as part of the Kingsport-Bristol market.

Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis Job Market

The most frequently listed job openings in Memphis include:

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Software Developers, especially Java
  3. IT Managers
  4. Financial Services Managers
  5. Faculty - Online and classroom schools.
  6. Teammates - Merry Maids
  7. Customer Service Representatives
  8. Truck Drivers - Memphis Regional Area
  9. Truck Drivers - Other
  10. Senior Inland Marine Underwriters - Insurance.

The official state projections of fastest growing jobs for Memphis and Shelby County include:

  1. Food Prep & Service jobs
  2. Retail Salespersons
  3. RNs
  4. Customer Service Reps
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Security Guards
  7. Administrative & Support Services

WWII Memorial in Nashville

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Nashville Jobs On the Increase

  1. Sales Representatives
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Business Analysts
  4. Salespeople and Cashiers
  5. Project Managers
  6. Information Technology Jobs, all levels
  7. Registered Nurses
  8. Truck Drivers
  9. Administrative Assistants
  10. Pharmacists

Nashville's official highest growth projections include:

RNs (Registered Nurses), Truck Drivers, Executive Secretaries & Admin. Assts., First-Line Supervisors in Administrative Support, Office Clerks, Sales Reps, and LPNs.

Knoxville Botanical Garden
Knoxville Botanical Garden | Source

Knoxville Job Listings

  1. Customer Service Representatives
  2. Truck Drivers
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Event Specialists
  5. Trucking - Owner Operators
  6. RNS - Critical Care, ER, Maternity
  7. Pharmacists
  8. Doctors - Family Practice
  9. Public Health Officers
  10. Clinical Psychologists

Employment projections for fast growth in Knox City and County include:

RNs (Registered Nurses), Retail Salespersons, Food Prep & Service, Office Clerks, Heavy Truck Drivers, First-Line Supervisors in Retail.

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Chattanooga, seen from Lookout Mountain
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Chattanooga Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Pharmacists
  3. Truck Drivers - all types.
  4. Managers and Assistant Managers
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Manufacturing/Production Jobs
  8. Physicians
  9. Retail Salespeople and Outside Sales Reps
  10. Clinical Psycholgists

Chattanooga area "most jobs" are estimated to occur in: Heavy Truck Drivers, Retail Salespersons, Office Clerks, all Food Prep & Service jobs, Welders & related manufacturing industry, First-Line Supervisors in Retail.

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Jackson Job Market

The three leading areas of high demand work in Jackson include Healthcare, Truck Driving, and Sales. A consistent amount of truck driving openings in the Jackson area sets it apart as different fromr some other Tennessee metro areas.

  1. Team Truck Drivers
  2. Tanker Truck Drivers/Owner-Operators
  3. Non-TankerTruck Drivers/Owner-Operators
  4. Flatbed Truck Drivers
  5. Event Specialists
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Various specialities.
  9. Retail Sales Consultants and Salespersons
  10. Sales Representatives

The Jackson area is estimated to experience the greatest numbers of jobs to open in: Retail Salespersons, Mainstream Elementary Teachers, Heavy Truck Drivers, and Office Clerks, and LPNs.(Bold type shows matches to the list of openings above.) GOVERNMENT, aside from hospitals and education, is projected to be the healthiest industry in this area.

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    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      I sure will keep ya posted !!!! Thanks Again !!!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Much success for your job search in the near future, AIM!

      Melinda Winner - I hope this really helps your friend. let us know th egood news!

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      Wow Patty,..More information than what I ever excepted. The link's were Awesome !!! Definatly bookmarketing this hub for future reference. Thanks So Much !!!!

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      Melinda Winner 

      9 years ago

      I am passing this hub to my friend who lives in TENN. thanks !

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks, gurgel1. I looked up construction jobs and added those cities to the first section.

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      gurgel1 

      9 years ago from profile

      Great hub for answering a question.

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