Labor Department predicts major job growth in accounting, trucking, customer service industries

Information considers education, experience, salary among other factors

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development today released a report predicting major state job openings through 2020 for those in the accounting, trucking and customer service industries.

The department, using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information, compiled the data (read here) as a tool for those who are entering the workforce or are changing careers. Tennessee’s Hot Careers to 2020 can be viewed here.

“This is the statewide report, and in the coming weeks we will release the information on the local workforce areas as well,” Linda Davis, the department’s employment security administrator, said in a release. “Successful employment is increased greatly when students and dislocated workers make educated decisions about their career paths.”

The Hot Careers to 2020 breaks down job titles by education and experience, average openings, salary and personal skills such as math, science and computer proficiency.

Industries expected to see modest job creation (in terms of numbers) include, among others, occupational therapy, coaching, software development and industrial engineering.

“What is encouraging is that we have such a diverse range of jobs listed ranging from the very specialized occupations requiring a degree, to those that require very little work experience,” said Davis, who has monitored labor market information in Tennessee for the past 30 years. “The data have been shown to be reliable given the amount of time in which the jobs are being forecast.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program calculated the information. The OES program collects data on wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in order to produce employment and wage estimates for about 800 occupations. The OES program surveys approximately 200,000 establishments nationally every six months, taking three years to fully collect the sample of 1.2 million establishments.