Looking for a job? Here are the occupations with the most projected openings in Ohio for 2019.

These jobs are expected to see the highest demand in Ohio through 2024

These jobs are expected to have the most annual growth through 2024 in Ohio.

The state has designated more than 200 occupations to be “in-demand” because they offer a “family-sustaining wage” and a promising future. Some jobs have high projected growth, but because of low wages, they are not considered “in-demand” by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. 

The state designates a job as “in-demand” using the following criteria:

• Pay is at least 80 percent of state median wage – which translates to $14.04 per hour based on May’s Ohio median wage of $17.55. 

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• Annual growth in the number of jobs exceeds statewide average of 50. 

• Annual job openings are greater than the statewide average of 230. 

Ohio also figures in “electronic job posting trend data and business responses to an online jobs forecast tool,” according to the state’s handbook on in-demand jobs. 

“With the creation and implementation of this data, we are opening doors that will lead to new opportunities and better alignment of education and training, job creators and job seekers,” Ryan D. Burgess, director of the workforce office, said in the handbook.

Note: *These jobs are not defined by the state as "in-demand" because even though they have have high projected growth they do not offer a family-sustaining wage or promising future based on projected openings and growth.

1. Combined food preparation and service workers, including fast food*

6,920: Total projected annual openings

$9.21: Median hourly wage, May 2017

2. Retail salespersons*

6,002: Total projected annual openings

$10.67: Median hourly wage, May 2017

3. Registered nurses

4,833: Total projected annual openings

$30.43 Median hourly wage, May 2017

4. Cashiers*

4,960: Total projected annual openings

$9.31: Median hourly wage, May 2017

5. Home health aides*

4,476: Total projected annual openings

$10.33: Median hourly wage, May 2017

6. Nursing assistants

2,711: Total projected annual openings

$12.54: Median hourly wage, May 2017

7. Office clerks, general

2.495: Total projected annual openings

$14.88: Median hourly wage, May 2017

8. Customer service representatives

2,474: Total projected annual openings

$15.50: Median hourly wage, May 2017

9. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

1,930: Total projected annual openings

$20.21: Median hourly wage, May 2017

10. General and operations managers

1,904: Total projected annual openings

$44.77: Median hourly wage, May 2017

11. Maintenance and repair workers, general

1,638: Total projected annual openings

$18.87: Median hourly wage, May 2017

12. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

1,597: Total projected annual openings

$20.09: Median hourly wage, May 2017

13. Team assemblers

1,479: Total projected annual openings

$15.50: Median hourly wage, May 2017

14. Accountants and auditors

1,438: Total projected annual openings

$31.02: Median hourly wage, May 2017

15. Front-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers

1,325: Total projected annual openings

$14.93: Median hourly wage, May 2017

16. Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers

1,293: Total projected annual openings

$35.11: Median hourly wage, May 2017

17. Front-line supervisors and managers of retail sales workers

1,274: Total projected annual openings

$17.60: Median hourly wage, May 2017

18. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

1,202: Total projected annual openings

$27.59: Median hourly wage, May 2017

19. Machinists

1,150: Total projected annual openings

$20.20: Median hourly wage, May 2017

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