Food Prep Leads Arkansas' Top 10 Occupations

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

The number of food service and prep workers in Arkansas is estimated to jump more than 7.5 percent by 2013. (Photo by Shutterstock.com)

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services recently released its 2012 report on the state’s labor market and other economic indicators.

Included in the report are statistics regarding the top 10 occupations in Arkansas in terms of growth and the 10 occupations facing the greatest decline.

For example, the sector that comprises food preparation and serving workers is projected to expand by the most of any occupation, growing by 1,659 workers, or 7.58 percent, between 2011 and 2013. That would take it from an estimated 21,897 in 2011 to 23,556 next year.

The sector comprising farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers, meanwhile, is expected to lose 938 jobs between 2011 and 2013, for a drop of 1.68 percent.

For more information, the report can be found at DiscoverArkansas.net.

Top 10 Growth     
       
SOC Code SOC Title

Employment

2011 Estimated

Employment

2013 Projected

Net Growth Growth Percentage
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,897 23,556 1,659 7.58%
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 35,113 36,012 899 2.56%
39-9021 Personal Care Aides 10,301 11,117 816 7.92%
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 16,385 16,998 613 3.74%
29-1111 Registered Nurses 23,774 24,383 609 2.56%
31-1011 Home Health Aides 8,996 9,540 544 6.05%
31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 19,713 20,236 523 2.65%
41-9041 Telemarketers 5,410 5,865 455 8.41%
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 28,916 29,345 429 1.48%
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food 10,174 10,574 400 3.93%
           
Top 10 Decline          
11-9013 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 55,954 55,016 -938 -1.68%
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23,268 22,957 -311 -1.34%
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 3,607 3,447 -160 -4.44%
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 21,416 21,282 -134 -0.63%
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5,393 5,284 -109 -2.02%
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 7,625 7,518 -107 -1.4%
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 16,563 16,459 -104 -0.63%
43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 967 869 -98 -10.13%
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,097 2,013 -84 -4.01%
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 7,392 7,311 -81 -1.1%

 

 

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