Top jobs in demand in the Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK - "It's been pretty hectic," said Cheyenne Zampelli.

It's how Zampelli describes her job hunt. She graduated high school -- and considers training as a massage therapist.

"They have three different things I can choose from right here" added Zampelli.

She's relieved to know the state could pay for her training.
That's if her job-of-choice is considered "in-demand."
It's all part of the Workforce Investment Act.

"I'd do it in a heartbeat," said Zampelli.

Work Source matches low-income adults, youths and dislocated workers to local jobs in demand.More than 80 careers fall into this category. Including civil drafters -- a type of engineer -- those who work retail -- and nursing assistants.

1. Civil drafters
2. Retail salespersons
3. Nursing assistants
4. Laborers and freight
5. Driver/sales workers
6. Office clerks
7. Registered nurses
8. Light truck or delivery service drivers
9. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
10. Civil engineers

As for occupations to avoid? The Postal Service workers, environmental technicians and cellular equipment installers.

1. Postal service mail sorters
2. Environmental engineering technicians
3. Cellular equipment installers
4. Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers
5. Education, training and library workers
6. Police and sheriff's patrol officers
7. Telecommunications live installers
8. Financial specialists, all other
9. FIrst-line supervisors of police and detectives
10. Power plant operators

The list isn't normally publicized for a reason. The local economy needs to disperse workers to all growing businesses.

"We don't want everybody to go into a registered nurse or civil engineer. We want them to match their skills, knowledge and abilities to previous experiences to something new," said Regional Labor Economist Ajsa Suljic.

If you sign up for the program, you'd be profiled and tested. It's a matter of pairing passion to an in-demand career.

"We wouldn't want to help somebody get a job that's only going to last a month because they decided - I don't like it, it doesn't interest me," added Work Source Employee Mari Dominguez.

Training for the job may be covered entirely by the state. Work Source follows up to ensure you nail the job -- making best use of state money.

For Zampelli, knowing she could land her dream job -- all with a little help and investment -- is what keeps her going.

"You're going to look back and say - I'm so glad I made that choice to take those training classes to do what I want," stated Zampelli.

There are still a few weeks to apply for the job retraining programs for winter quarter.

Work Source especially encourages employees from Hanford layoffs to apply for the "Dislocated Program."

If you want to see if you're eligible, just head to our website - and click under "newslinks."

And you can always visit Work Source to apply in person.
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