TRI-CITIES: Fastest-growing jobs in demand

TRI-CITIES - KEPR is always tracking the local job industry. Right now, we're dealing with an unemployment rate above the state average. If you're looking for an industry change, remember this: some jobs are in much higher demand than others.

It's a process that for many could be called a full-time job.

Diretha Hollenbaugh is looking for a job in HR.
HR management isn't considered a career 'in demand.' But still, Diretha presses forward. Eager to exchange her skillset for a paycheck.

"As we mature, it's really important for us to get our major skills out there because we have to learn to market ourselves," said Diretha Hollenbaugh.

Diretha's not alone. Our local unemployment rate is almost a point above the state rate. It's why employment security officials research top jobs in demand. All to combat months, even years, of joblessness.

"Having one paycheck and four bills is impossible," said Laura Pederson.

Pederson is tight on cash. She works part-time, but says it's not enough. Pederson is looking to match her interests with market needs.

I scanned through table after table of occupations. Breaking them down into four categories. I learned the fastest-growing jobs in demand are for home health aides, healthcare social workers and chiropractors. Coaches and scouts come in at number five.

1.Home Health Aides
2.Healthcare Social Workers
4.Physical Therapists
5.Loan Officers
7.Medical Secretaries
9.Tax Preparers
10.Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

And no big surprise, physicians, surgeons and dentists snag the highest paying jobs in demand. Retail, food preparation and waiting tables have the most new jobs this year. As for what's not in demand? Switchboard operators and postal service mail sorters and carriers.
1.Switchboard Operators
2.Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
3.Postal Service Mail Carriers
4.First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
5.Power Plant Operators
6.Data Entry Keyers
7.Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
8.Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
9.Real Estate Sales Agents
10.File Clerks

Categories to help those like Diretha find their way.