Georgia's Jobs Outlook for 2018

Trained and Skilled Workers in Demand

A college education isn’t for everyone, and Georgia's 2018  jobs outlook is indicating that skilled workers are in high demand for the future. “[T]he decades long push for kids to go to college rather than learning a trade has resulted in a growing skills gap.  To help bridge that gap, five years ago the governor launched Trade Five, a statewide training initiative focused on in-demand jobs in the manufacturing, logistics, construction, telecommunications and energy sectors.”

The need for skilled workers is increasing in Georgia.  “Businesses are having a hard time finding talent, and that’s been the case for a few years now. The workforce gets a little bit tighter every year, and we’ve got to do everything we can to find those individuals and make sure they’re workforce ready to meet those business needs.”

Skilled jobs can be good jobs and there is a high demand for those who can do them well.  Plumbers, electricians, carpenters and construction are all needed.  According to Ben Hames, deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, “A five-year certified plumber in Metro Atlanta can earn $80,000 a year, while six-figure salaries can be had in the commercial trucking industry.  We’re trying to let people know about careers we know are misunderstood and people don’t understand the earning potential.  We want to reach kids in high school and people just out of school, so they can explore these careers themselves.”

Jobs in Demand in Georgia  -

  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Food service
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications                

Top 10 High Demand Occupations in the State -                   

  • Business Management and Operations
  • CNC Operator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Electric Engineer
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing/Production Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Welder

For information on where you can obtain training for one of these and many other skilled occupations visit the Technical College System of Georgia.

For information on Georgia’s workforce training visit Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Division.

The Mike Rowe Foundation also promotes jobs for skilled workers and offers “scholarships for jobs that actually exist.”

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