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Posted on February 8, 2015
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People looking for work might do well to consider becoming meat cutters/trimmers or heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Those two categories alone represent a projected 1,015 new jobs in Nebraska.

While not the most glamorous jobs available, they are among the hottest jobs available, along with registered nurses and secondary school teachers. “Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand” category for leisure and hospitality is projected to jump the most, 19.2 percent.

This list includes the top growing jobs in the state, as compiled by the Nebraska Department of Labor.

The list represents the top 10 jobs in various industries, organized by the number of additional workers needed for each job industry from 2013 to 2015, then the percentage of change this number represents.

Health

Registered nurses, 528 workers (2.8 percent)

Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, 346 (3 percent)

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, 246 (4.5 percent)

Personal care aides, 241

(8.1 percent)

Child care workers, 207

(3.9 percent)

Social and human service assistants, 204

(4.7 percent)

Medical assistants, 132

(4.1 percent)

Medical secretaries 126

(4.5 percent)

Receptionists and information clerks 113 (3.8 percent)

Home health aides 85

(7.1 percent)

Manufacturing

Meat, poultry and fish cutters and trimmers, 334

(2.9 percent)

Team assemblers, 169

(2.8 percent)

Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers, 128

(3.9 percent)

Industrial machinery mechanics, 125

(5.7 percent)

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers, 92 (3.3 percent)

Machinists, 90 (3.8 percent)

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic, 79 (6.3 percent)

Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand, 75 (1.9 percent)

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, 50 (4.1 percent)

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers, 46 (1.3 percent)

Educational Services

Teacher assistants, 182

(1.8 percent)

Elementary school teachers, except special education, 178 (1.8 percent)

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education, 139 (1.8 percent)

Substitute teachers, 99

(1.8 percent)

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, 72 (1.8 percent)

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical and executive, 67 (1.8 percent)

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education, 65

(1.8 percent)

Office clerks, general, 54

(1.9 percent)

Postsecondary teachers, all other, 37 (1.8 percent)

Bus drivers, school or special client, 36 (1.8 percent)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Software developers, applications, 137

(8.6 percent)

Accountants and auditors, 129 (5.2 percent)

Interviewers except eligibility and loan, 123 (5.7 percent)

Computer user support specialists, 88 (9.3 percent)

Network and computer systems administrators, 75 (6.3 percent)

Computer programmers, 74 (4.9 percent)

Computer systems analysts, 72 (7.5 percent)

Lawyers, 63 (3.7 percent)

Sales representatives, services all other, 61

(6.5 percent)

Software developers, systems software, 60 (8.1 percent)

Transportation and Warehousing

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, 681 (3.3 percent)

Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand, 110 (3.1 percent)

Bus drivers, school or special client, 46 (4.7 percent)

Railroad conductors and yardmasters, 29

(0.9 percent)

Dispatchers, except police, fire and ambulance, 25

(3.3 percent)

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, 24 (3.5 percent)

Locomotive engineers, 24

(1.0 percent)

Machinists, 22 (3.1 percent)

Signal and track switch repairers, 21 (1.0 percent)

Light truck or delivery services drivers, 19 (1.8 percent)

Real estate, and rental and leasing

Counter and rental clerks, 47 (2.5 percent)

Maintenance and repair workers, general, 24

(2.1 percent)

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical and executive, 19 (3.1 percent)

Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks, 11

(2.5 percent)

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers, 6

(3.2 percent)

Sales representatives, services all other, 6

(2.7 percent)

Market research analysts and marketing specialists, 5

(6.9 percent)

Accountants and auditors, 5 (2.8 percent)

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, 5 (2.2 percent)

Driver/sales workers, 5

(4.1 percent)

Finance and Insurance

Customer service representatives, 154

(2.4 percent)

Tellers, 112 (2.4 percent)

Loan officers, 105

(3.7 percent)

Insurance sales agents, 94 (2.2 percent)

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical and executive, 83 (3.2 percent)

Loan interviewers and clerks, 68 (3.8 percent)

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, 63 (2.5 percent)

Computer systems analysts, 50 (4.9 percent)

Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents, 50 (3.1 percent)

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks, 50

(1.2 percent)

Leisure and Hospitality

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food, 610

(3.7 percent)

Waiters and waitresses, 291 (2.0 percent)

Cooks, restaurant, 154

(3.8 percent)

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers, 153 (3.7 percent)

Bartenders, 151 (3.5 percent)

Maids and housekeeping cleaners, 96 (3.9 percent)

Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand, 91 (19.2 percent)

Food preparation workers, 83 (2.2 percent)

Cashiers, 76 (3.4 percent)

Hotel, motel and resort desk clerks, 72 (4.6 percent)

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