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Top 10 Occupations by Education Level

Different occupations need different types of training. Some require only on-the-job training, while others require an advanced degree. The jobs listed below are projected to be the top growing occupations by education level through 2021.

Based on State of Arkansas’ 2019-2021 Short-term Occupational Projections Net Growth

High School or Less

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Insurance Sales Agents
Personal Care Aides
Cooks, Restaurant
Waiters and Waitresses
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
Helpers--Production Workers

Associate Degree or Vocational Training

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Nursing Assistants
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Medical Assistants
Teacher Assistants
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Computer User Support Specialists
Dental Assistants
Physical Therapist Assistants

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Registered Nurses
General and Operations Managers
Management Analysts
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Accountants and Auditors
Financial Managers
Software Developers, Applications
Medical and Health Services Managers
Speech-Language Pathologists