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Section VIII. Industry Growth and Employer Engagement

Industry Growth

The CSNA Team conducted an analysis of projected industry growth across Ohio to determine which industries have the potential to provide the most jobs for Ohioans in the future, and compared them to current OOD participants’ IPE goals to identify how they align or misalign with growth. The purpose of this analysis is to provide tools and resources that can assist counselors and participants to select employment goals that have the greatest likelihood for success, and to inform decisions about business partnership development.

Method. Industry growth data were collected from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development, Bureau of Labor Market Information, and grouped by the six JobsOhio regions. Each of the JobsOhio regions are anchored by a major Ohio city and grouped by economic co-dependency of adjacent counties.

Data Presentation. The data are presented in two ways: “job opportunities,” which consists of annual newly-created jobs plus annual replacements; and “job growth,” which consists of newly-created jobs only. Both presentations of data are useful in different ways. Job opportunities include those sectors with more entry-level jobs that exhibit higher turn-over, which may be a factor for job seekers who are interested in obtaining employment more quickly. Job growth represents job creation and these jobs may require a higher level of skill or education to attain. These factors may be considered for students who are enrolled in secondary school, where career development, as opposed to immediate employment, is the primary focus.

Analysis. When considering job growth, health care represents the largest industry by far, with multiple occupations within the sector identified as having the greatest potential for job creation: Home Health Aides, Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Medical Secretaries and Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, topping the list. The growth for this industry represents nearly 44 percent of all new jobs with nearly 12,000 projected to be created in the next year. Other industry sectors with high growth include Professional, Scientific and Technical Services with more than 15 percent of all new jobs (4,199 jobs), primarily in computer systems and software development; Food Service at nearly 11 percent of all new jobs (2,946 jobs); and Transportation and Warehousing with more than 7 percent (1973 jobs), primarily in Laborers/Freight/Stock/Material Movers and Truck Drivers.

The link below provides a map illustrating the total number of new jobs projected each year in each JobsOhio region through 2024. Hovering over a map region with the mouse pointer will display a list of occupations with the highest projected growth in that region. Table 34 below also provides the top five occupations by projected job growth in each region.


Map of Annual Occupation Growth by JobsOhio Region Through 2024

Table 34 - Top 5 Occupations by Projected Job Growth and JobsOhio Region Through 2024

Occupation Annual New Jobs
Northwest Region
Home Health Aides 219
Registered Nurses 192
Nursing Assistants 111
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 110
Medical Secretaries 86
West Region
Registered Nurses 216
Nursing Assistants 122
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 107
Medical Secretaries 83
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 82
Southwest Region
Home Health Aides 285
Registered Nurses 278
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 212
Nursing Assistants 208
Customer Service Representatives 132
Central Region
Home Health Aides 648
Registered Nurses 388
Customer Service Representatives 206
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 205
Nursing Assistants 179
Northeast Region
Home Health Aides 1,071
Registered Nurses 732
Nursing Assistants 413
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 345
Medical Secretaries 309
Southeast Region
Home Health Aides 283
Registered Nurses 125
Nursing Assistants 75
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 65
Retail Salespersons 59


When considering job opportunities (new jobs plus replacements), a different set of occupations rises to the top. These include Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, including Fast Food; Retail Salespersons; Cashiers; Waiters and Waitresses; and Registered Nurses. Together, these occupations are expected to generate 26,953 open positions annually. The link below provides a map illustrating the total number of new jobs plus replacements projected each year in each JobsOhio region through 2024. Hovering over a map region with the mouse pointer will display a list of occupations with the highest projected growth in that region. Table 35 below also provides the top five occupations by projected job growth plus replacements in each region.

Map of Annual Occupation Growth + Replacements by JobsOhio Region Though 2024

Table 35 - Top 5 Occupations by Projected Job Growth + Replacements and JobsOhio Region Through 2024

Occupation Annual New Jobs
Northwest Region
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 690
Retail Salespersons 629
Cashiers 526
Waiters and Waitresses 519
Registered Nurses 488
West Region
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 667
Retail Salespersons 616
Cashiers 566
Registered Nurses 516
Waiters and Waitresses 485
Southwest Region
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 928
Retail Salespersons 837
Waiters and Waitresses 760
Registered Nurses 728
Cashiers 698
Central Region
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 1,257
Retail Salespersons 1,092
Waiters and Waitresses 1,011
Home Health Aides 993
Registered Nurses 964
Northeast Region
Retail Salespersons 2,264
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 2,211
Cashiers 1,904
Registered Nurses 1,898
Home Health Aides 1,696
Southeast Region
Cashiers 451
Home Health Aides 428
Retail Salespersons 425
Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, incl. Fast Food 387
Registered Nurses 319

 

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