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What Industries are Hiring the Most Workers?

Updated on February 25, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Industrial art in construction has become more prominent in America since 2009.
Industrial art in construction has become more prominent in America since 2009. | Source

Manpower Requirements for Top Industries

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 from 2009 - 2017.

  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/Industrial Arts: 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. This industry cluster was supported by the new presidential administration in 2017 as well.
  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.

Healthcare is Number One.
Healthcare is Number One. | Source

Top Industries in America

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 highest numbers of workers (manpower) may not be those expected by the American public and American workers.

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

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 Change

Construction and Industrial Arts are important in the Top 5 Industries in America requiring the most manpower in the 2010s.

From 2009 - 2014, the job of physical therapist was the job most often listed in online job search engines. From 2014 - 2017, truck driving supplanted physical therapists for number one billing in want ads.

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.

The ARRA Stimulus-related projects opened construction jobs and related occupations like 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 also increased under the ARRA and continued to increase afterward. Energy-related jobs definitely increased during the 2010s, with "wind turbine technician" becoming the job most likely to increase numbers of advertised positions from 2017 - 2025. Other related jobs in energy include a variety of engineers, technicians, and related occupational titles.

Industrial Art.
Industrial Art. | Source

High Speed Rail to Increase Jobs

Economic Improvement via High Speed Rail

Concepts of Industry & Industrial Art

The Stimulus jobs created 2009 - 2012 that most resemble the popular concept of hard working industry will be those in Infrastructure/ Construction, and Energy. The jobs continued to grow in many US States after 2012 through 2016.

Especially in the construction trades, design arts and industrial arts are quite evident when we look at bridge and building design. They are also clearly visible in planned communities, differing styles of architecture, materials and combinations, computer design (CAD/CAM, etc.), landscaping, metal work, ornamental iron, friezes, ornamental plastering, sculptures, public art works, 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 and on a continual basis.

High Demand Construction Jobs of the 2010s:

  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 Crew Members, 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

Oil well pump jacks.
Oil well pump jacks. | Source

Energy - Oil and Natural Gas Boom

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.

Texas leaders demand the Keystone Pipeline to open additional jobs, states like North Dakota already have the energy jobs and need housing.

Childcare. | Source

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @Jason - I agree with you about the aging infrastructure. For example, we have a few bridges on the Ohio river that need to be completely replaced, but I agree that other areas can be rebuilt.

    • jbosh1972 profile image


      3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. USA

      We are in a transitional pattern. Sixty and seventy years ago, new industries sprung up where there was none. Now, we have an aging infrastructure and we need to restore and repurpose what we have and add on in the most responsible way we can. Point being I'd rather see an modern update to older construction than see a bunch of new construction

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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.

    • bakkendispatch profile image


      8 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.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      Dan Gold Coast Electrician 

      10 years ago

      Interesting to see the similarities between difference countries.

    • kimanesha profile image


      11 years ago from San Bernardino

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

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      11 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.

    • Greg Palmer profile image

      Greg Palmer 

      11 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.

    • Creaminizer23 profile image


      11 years ago from New York, Usa

      very interesting hub

    • FluExpert profile image


      11 years ago from Wilmington

      @Sandyspider - yeah, you right_))

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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.

    • euro-pen profile image


      11 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).

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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

    • Jenny30 profile image


      11 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!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the information.Take care.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      11 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...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      Laura Spector 

      11 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!)

    • thor6 profile image


      11 years ago from

      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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      Sioux Ramos 

      11 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!

    • BristolBoy profile image


      11 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!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

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

    • RVDaniels profile image


      11 years ago from Athens, GA

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


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