What are Ohio’s in-demand jobs? Updated list revealed

Registered nurses, software developers and marketing specialists are among the most in-demand jobs in southwest Ohio.

The information comes from the state's newly updated In-Demand Jobs List, created through a collaboration between the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio's In-Demand Jobs List plays an important function since it directs 85% of federal job training funds offered through OhioMeansJobs centers. The list is at TopJobs.Ohio.gov.

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Ohio is required to maintain a list of jobs that are in high-demand. An “in-demand job” in Ohio is defined as one that pays at least 80% of the state median wage ($14.10 or more per hour), and has an annual growth in the number of jobs higher than the statewide average of 36 or annual job openings greater than 584.

Some of the most in-demand jobs in southwest Ohio include:

  • Registered nurses
  • Software developers, applications
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  • Medical secretaries
  • Financial managers
  • Construction laborers
  • Medical assistants
  • Laborers and freight/stock/material movers

The In-Demand Jobs List is created using predictive data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections from JobsOhio, job posting trends, and survey responses submitted by Ohio businesses.

InnovateOhio designed the list into a new, interactive tool, so students, workers, guidance counselors, and all other users to sort the information to display information most relevant to them.

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“The updated tools at TopJobs.Ohio.gov are built for Ohio students and workers who are trying to figure out what is next for their education and career,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Ohio’s Top Jobs is a place for people who know they are ready for the next step, but need a little help understanding their options and designing a strategy for achieving their goals.”

In 2019, the DeWine administration created a new survey tool designed to solicit better feedback from businesses to better support the list. That new tool resulted in an 88% increase in survey participation.

“The new list reflects occupations that pay well and have promising futures. The new website makes it even easier for Ohioans to find these occupations. Both are just the latest example of how we are aligning state and local resources to achieve a common goal: helping individuals across the state achieve their first or next better job,” said Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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