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Top 50 RI Occupations by Annual Openings 2010-2020

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The top fifty occupations with the greatest number of annual openings represent numerous opportunities for finding employment in the years ahead. They are considered “High Demand” occupations. It is projected that during the 2010-2020 projection period, employers will need to fill over 170,000 jobs resulting from employee turnover and economic growth. These “High Demand” occupations will account for more than half (53.6%) of all job openings projected for Rhode Island.
 

Occupational Title

Total
Annual
Openings
Education Requirements   Work Experience Job Training
Retail Salespersons 640 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Cashiers 599 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Waiters and Waitresses 559 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Registered Nurses 439 Associate's degree None None
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 387 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Customer Service Representatives 372 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 336 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 266 Postsecondary non-degree award None None
Office Clerks, General 251 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Home Health Aides 247 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 231 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 211 High school diploma or equivalent 1 to 5 years None
Childcare Workers 197 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 183 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 169 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 168 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Receptionists and Information Clerks 160 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Personal Care Aides 156 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 156 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 156 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Dishwashers 155 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 155 High school diploma or equivalent 1 to 5 years None
Cooks, Restaurant 150 Less than high school Less than 1 year Moderate-term on-the-job training
Carpenters 146 High school diploma or equivalent None Apprenticeship
Teacher Assistants 140 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Bartenders 130 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Accountants and Auditors 126 Bachelor's degree None None
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 126 Bachelor's degree None Internship/residency
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 121 Bachelor's degree None Internship/residency
Medical Secretaries 117 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 116 Less than high school None None
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 114 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Food Preparation Workers 109 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Social and Human Service Assistants 106 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 105 High school diploma or equivalent 1 to 5 years Short-term on-the-job training
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 103 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 99 High school diploma or equivalent None Long-term on-the-job training
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 98 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Management Analysts 96 Bachelor's degree 1 to 5 years None
General and Operations Managers 96 Associate's degree 1 to 5 years None
Team Assemblers 95 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 94 High school diploma or equivalent 1 to 5 years None
Computer Support Specialists 91 Some college, no degree None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 87 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 87 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Security Guards 83 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 80 Postsecondary non-degree award None None
Packers and Packagers, Hand 77 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Tellers 74 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 73 Bachelor's degree None Internship/residency

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