Regional Profiles

South Central Region

About the Region

The South Central Region is comprised of 12 counties with Poplar Bluff and West Plains being the region’s largest cities.Health Care and Social Assistance and Retail Trade are the top two industries in this region. Some of the largest private employers in this region are Walmart, Ozarks Medical Center, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Briggs and Stratton. The average annual wage for all industries in the South Central Region is $32,299.

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Top Grade Careers

SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food B+ 433 $18,562
41-2011 Cashiers B 397 $20,488
39-9021 Personal care aides A 389 $19,972
41-2031 Retail Salespersons B 300 $28,387
51-9198 Helpers--production workers A 248 $24,228
37-2011 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners B 155 $23,653
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses B 137 $19,734
53-7062 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand B 136 $25,315
43-5081 Stock clerks and order fillers B 95 $23,865
35-3011 Bartenders B 93 $22,975
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives B 75 $28,285
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria B 72 $19,891
53-3033 Light truck or delivery services drivers B+ 68 $40,108
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks B 58 $23,423
37-3011 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers B 54 $22,050
47-2061 Construction Laborers B 31 $42,749
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other B 14 $35,212
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
31-1014 Nursing assistants B+ 180 $22,593
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers B 132 $35,650
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers B+ 119 $37,312
49-9071 Maintenance and repair workers, general B+ 80 $34,181
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks B+ 77 $28,417
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks B 75 $29,300
25-9041 Teacher Assistants B 70 $21,588
29-2061 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses B+ 65 $34,505
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant B 54 $22,960
31-9092 Medical assistants B+ 49 $28,940
43-6013 Medical secretaries B+ 49 $27,791
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers B 45 $47,695
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers B 30 $31,005
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians B+ 29 $30,409
41-3021 Insurance sales agents B+ 27 $44,637
51-4041 Machinists B 27 $27,265
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers B 25 $50,217
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks B 19 $35,633
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists B 17 $34,790
31-9096 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers B 17 $23,773
41-3099 Sales representatives, services, all other B 17 $51,128
49-3031 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists B 17 $42,254
49-9051 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers B 17 $63,814
19-4093 Forest and Conservation Technicians B 7 $45,936
47-2111 Electricians B 7 $50,804
31-2021 Physical therapist assistants B+ 6 $54,581
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers B 3 $63,175
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education B 116 $38,576
29-1141 Registered Nurses A 88 $54,250
11-1021 General and Operations Managers A 62 $76,226
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers B 37 $35,158
25-2022 Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education B 35 $41,566
21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers B 33 $32,046
13-2011 Accountants and auditors B 23 $55,488
13-2072 Loan officers B+ 20 $61,631
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers A 15 $96,294
11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School B 14 $78,415
11-9021 Construction Managers B 13 $62,547
13-1071 Human Resources Specialists B 13 $53,272
13-1161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists B 13 $52,712
29-1171 Nurse Practitioners A 11 $106,725
11-3011 Administrative services managers B+ 10 $63,466
17-2112 Industrial engineers B+ 10 $64,690
13-1199 Business operations specialists, all other B 9 $52,752
29-1051 Pharmacists A 9 $133,959
11-3031 Financial Managers B+ 7 $93,241
29-1123 Physical therapists A 7 $88,982
11-3051 Industrial production managers B 6 $63,866
11-9151 Social and community service managers B 6 $51,835
15-1132 Software developers, applications A 5 $70,460
15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators B 4 $71,576
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists B 4 $51,296
29-1062 Family and general practitioners B 4 $237,685
29-1071 Physician assistants A 4 $124,159
29-1127 Speech-language pathologists B 4 $64,027
29-1069 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other B+ 2 $232,569