Middle-Skill Top Openings 2014-2024

Missouri is projected to have more than 307,000 total middle-skill job openings between 2014 and 2024. This includes openings created by new job growth, as well as those created through the need for replacement workers. Replacement openings occur due to retirement, turnover, or transferring to another occupation.

During this projected period, the 20 occupations with the greatest number of total openings include 4 Sales and Related occupations and 3 Office and Administrative Support occupations. Nursing Assistants are expected to have the greatest number of total openings between 2014 and 2024, with over 16,000 total projected openings.

Occupation 2014 Est
Employment
2024 Proj.
Employment
Growth
Openings
Replacement
Openings
Total
Openings
Avg. 2015 
Wage
Nursing Assistants 48,370 53,484 5,114 10,925 16,039 $23,869
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 29,963 31,554 1,591 7,852 9,443 $35,440
Cooks, Restaurant 21,488 24,786 3,298 5,685 8,983 $22,794
Team Assemblers 26,952 30,049 3,097 5,788 8,885 $33,996
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 20,852 23,184 2,332 6,194 8,526 $29,562
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 62,984 64,549 1,565 6,640 8,205 $31,761
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,311 44,145 834 7,367 8,201 $40,833
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 31,020 31,906 886 6,933 7,819 $39,724
Sales Reps, Wholesale and Manufacturing 28,313 29,637 1,324 5,824 7,148 $62,069
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 16,574 17,792 1,218 4,716 5,934 $38,379
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 25,824 27,654 1,830 3,902 5,732 $53,848
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 18,608 19,195 587 4,982 5,569 $38,848
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 12,794 13,740 946 4,218 5,164 $46,231
Teacher Assistants 16,969 17,901 932 4,069 5,001 $24,336
Sales Representatives, Services 16,646 17,651 1,005 3,546 4,551 $53,374
Insurance Sales Agents 11,466 12,638 1,172 3,011 4,183 $61,790
Computer User Support Specialists 15,382 17,367 1,985 1,979 3,964 $49,403
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 10,330 11,424 1,094 2,658 3,752 $27,139
Carpenters 19,542 20,892 1,350 2,247 3,597 $51,768
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,183 32,786 0 3,548 3,548 $36,894
Data Sources: Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Long-Term Occupational Projections, Occupational Employment and Wage Survey, and U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Product funded by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration, Workforce Information Grant