Regional Profiles

Southwest Region

About the Region

The Southwest Region is comprised of 7 counties, with Joplin being the region’s largest city. Manufacturing, which accounts for 20% of the region’s total employment, is the region’s largest industry. Some of the largest private employers are Freeman Health System, Walmart, and Tyson. The average annual wage for all industries in the Southwest Region is $39,592.

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SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
35-3021 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food B 634 $19,216
41-2031 Retail Salespersons B 575 $26,528
53-7062 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand B+ 436 $27,091
39-9021 Personal care aides A 320 $19,699
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners B+ 264 $24,728
43-4051 Customer service representatives B+ 247 $29,934
43-5081 Stock clerks and order fillers B 192 $25,247
43-9061 Office clerks, general B 161 $28,659
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers B+ 157 $27,969
39-9011 Childcare Workers B 154 $21,751
47-2061 Construction laborers B+ 139 $38,235
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners B 131 $21,479
31-1011 Home Health Aides A 115 $21,843
53-7051 Industrial truck and tractor operators B+ 111 $31,745
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria B 109 $20,719
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand B+ 102 $26,331
51-9198 Helpers--production workers B 92 $26,201
43-4171 Receptionists and information clerks B 85 $25,251
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers B 78 $29,213
53-3022 Bus drivers, school or special client B 74 $27,954
53-7061 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment B 74 $22,324
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers B 64 $22,579
33-9032 Security Guards B 55 $26,450
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors B 19 $29,299
53-6031 Automotive and watercraft service attendants B 11 $25,764
41-9099 Sales and related workers, all other B 10 $28,354
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers B 539 $39,694
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers B 187 $39,074
49-9071 Maintenance and repair workers, general B+ 172 $35,452
51-3092 Food Batchmakers B+ 153 $33,301
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks B 142 $31,949
35-1012 First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers B 129 $30,197
25-9041 Teacher Assistants B 120 $21,382
51-9111 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders B+ 101 $29,592
43-1011 First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers B+ 100 $47,082
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products B 99 $45,711
51-4011 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic B+ 99 $27,147
51-1011 First-line supervisors of production and operating workers B+ 96 $53,176
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other B 78 $49,132
51-4121 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers B 78 $33,747
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators A 76 $45,702
43-6013 Medical Secretaries B 73 $29,901
49-3023 Automotive service technicians and mechanics B 70 $35,111
39-5012 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists B 60 $26,180
47-2111 Electricians A 58 $50,349
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers A 56 $40,361
41-2022 Parts Salespersons B 54 $28,076
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists B+ 53 $38,723
21-1093 Social and human service assistants B 46 $28,534
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers B 39 $37,537
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks B 39 $30,915
51-4041 Machinists B 39 $37,080
31-9092 Medical assistants B 37 $26,523
47-1011 First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers B+ 37 $64,159
51-3093 Food cooking machine operators and tenders B 37 $30,301
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers B 33 $62,056
43-4131 Loan interviewers and clerks B 28 $33,143
47-2152 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters A 28 $59,567
31-9096 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers B 24 $23,620
11-9141 Property, real estate, and community association managers B 15 $29,120
49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians B 14 $34,043
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists B+ 13 $58,087
17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters B 11 $47,307
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers B 11 $44,383
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists B 10 $51,341
29-2021 Dental Hygienists B 10 $66,681
19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians B 8 $33,691
31-2021 Physical therapist assistants B 7 $55,118
33-1099 First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other B 6 $51,886
15-1134 Web developers B+ 4 $58,706
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
29-1141 Registered nurses B+ 156 $56,275
11-1021 General and operations managers A+ 133 $83,665
25-2021 Elementary school teachers, except special education A 113 $49,320
25-2031 Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education A 103 $45,290
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education B+ 73 $44,729
25-3098 Substitute Teachers B 71 $22,219
13-2011 Accountants and auditors A 59 $61,403
15-1132 Software developers, applications A+ 41 $91,810
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors B 32 $45,725
13-1199 Business operations specialists, all other B 29 $56,373
11-9199 Managers, All Other B+ 26 $84,202
13-1071 Human Resources Specialists B 25 $51,039
11-9032 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school A 24 $83,322
21-1022 Healthcare social workers B 24 $48,820
13-2072 Loan Officers A 22 $73,736
11-3031 Financial Managers A 21 $100,822
13-1051 Cost Estimators B 21 $56,858
29-1171 Nurse practitioners A 21 $91,224
11-1011 Chief executives B 19 $145,010
11-2022 Sales managers A 18 $108,652
13-1161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists B+ 18 $51,380
17-2112 Industrial Engineers B+ 18 $69,648
11-3051 Industrial Production Managers B+ 17 $95,259
15-1131 Computer programmers B+ 17 $74,326
11-9111 Medical and health services managers B 16 $83,128
15-1142 Network and computer systems administrators B+ 16 $67,260
25-2012 Kindergarten teachers, except special education B 16 $46,815
27-3031 Public relations specialists B 16 $50,078
13-1151 Training and development specialists B 15 $49,300
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers A 13 $81,629
11-9021 Construction Managers A 11 $120,635
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts A 11 $76,562
25-4021 Librarians B 11 $49,534
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other A 10 $73,778
29-1051 Pharmacists B+ 10 $131,557
11-9033 Education administrators, postsecondary B+ 9 $75,157
13-1111 Management Analysts A 9 $65,846
17-2051 Civil Engineers A 9 $77,258
29-1122 Occupational therapists B 9 $53,927
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products B+ 9 $84,983
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers B+ 8 $69,031
23-1011 Lawyers A 8 $103,283
27-2022 Coaches and scouts B 8 $41,321
27-3042 Technical writers B+ 8 $51,595
29-1123 Physical therapists B+ 8 $86,432
25-2052 Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School B 7 $63,216
29-1131 Veterinarians A+ 7 $88,252
11-3021 Computer and information systems managers B+ 6 $109,292
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software B 6 $71,540
17-2071 Electrical Engineers A 6 $74,316
29-1127 Speech-language pathologists B 6 $53,922
13-2041 Credit analysts B 5 $61,253
13-2051 Financial analysts B+ 5 $85,542
15-1122 Information security analysts A 5 $72,197
25-2053 Special education teachers, middle school B 5 $57,678
11-2021 Marketing Managers B+ 4 $129,432
11-9041 Architectural and engineering managers B+ 4 $111,132
17-1022 Surveyors B+ 4 $62,817
29-9011 Occupational health and safety specialists B 4 $59,012
11-3061 Purchasing managers B+ 3 $115,549
11-3121 Human Resources Managers B 3 $109,859
25-9031 Instructional Coordinators B 3 $53,544
29-1021 Dentists, general B+ 2 $145,497
29-1069 Physicians and surgeons, all other B 2 $151,133
29-1041 Optometrists B+ 1 $90,565