Statewide efforts to promote “in-demand” occupations that often don’t require a full four-year college degree and provide good pay start Monday, with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted in a prominent role given his leadership of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), along with other initiatives.
Husted previously told Hannah News the week would have a record number of events (see The Hannah Report, 4/19/19), and the latest count from OWT said there would be more than 380 events across Ohio. Several state agencies are holding events, and a number of libraries are also hosting job fairs and events on resources they offer, including free access to the Lynda.com library of workforce development resources. (See The Hannah Report, 7/17/18, 3/18/19.)
Husted’s office said he would open the week Monday with events in Warren and Butler counties, including a roundtable discussion at Butler Tech and an “educational service signing day” at Lebanon High School.
State agencies including the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Ohio Department of Transportation, OhioMeansJobs and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities are holding events, and there are also a number of events aimed at veterans.
ODJFS released information on in-demand career fields in Ohio’s six regions, with more than 74,000 openings expected statewide through 2024. The reports identified the 10 jobs with the most openings in each region, and ODJFS also provided lists based on starting wages, median wages and required education levels and veteran-specific data.
“These reports will help students and anyone interested in exploring new career paths make more informed decisions based upon opportunities in their area,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “Ohioans can view the reports and visit OhioMeansJobs.com to research in-demand occupations, identify local training programs and find job openings. All of these jobs pay well and have promising futures.”
Seventeen careers were listed in the six reports, with eight occupations listed in five or all six regions. These included:
– Registered Nurses, with 4,912 opening, starting pay ranging from $22.56 to $25.68 an hour and median pay ranging from $27.72 to $30.91 an hour.
– Nursing Assistants, with 2,707 openings, starting pay ranging from $9.90 to $10.76 an hour and median pay ranging from $11.35 to $12.44 an hour.
– General Office Clerks, with 2,266 openings, starting pay ranging from $9.63 to $10.48 an hour and median pay ranging from $12.42 to $15.27 an hour.
– Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, with 1,813 openings, starting pay ranging from $15.27 to $16.85 an hour and median pay ranging from $17.80 to $21.27 an hour.
– General Maintenance and Repair Workers, with 1,642 openings, starting pay ranging from $11.66 to $13.23 an hour and median pay ranging from $16.94 to $18.98 an hour.
– Customer Service Representatives, with 2,387 openings in five regions, starting pay ranging from $9.88 to $11.90 an hour and median pay ranging from $14.59 to $16.06 an hour.
– General and Operations Managers, with 1,644 openings in five regions, starting pay ranging from $18.94 to $26.69 an hour and median pay ranging from $35.34 to $46.40 an hour.
– Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, with 1,313 openings in five regions, starting pay ranging from $13.95 to $15.71 an hour and median pay ranging from $19.01 to $21.18 an hour.
ODJFS also found that Northeast Ohio would have the most in-demand job openings through 2024, with over 28,000, followed by Central Ohio, over 15,000; Southwest Ohio, over 12,000; Western Ohio, over 8,000; Northwest Ohio, over 7,000; and Southeast Ohio, over 4,000.
More details can be found at http://omj.ohio.gov/InDemandJobsWeek/index.stm.