It's no secret that workers in Nevada have had it rough in recent years given the unprecedented job losses and cutbacks seen in most industries. A lesser known fact is that even in these tough times, Nevada's employers continue to add employees. Employment opportunities are made available by growing companies (yes, some industries are growing), or through replacement of existing employees. For those out there looking for work or making career choices, it's important to know what jobs may be available now and in the future. To fill this information gap, the Research and Analysis Bureau of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation provides a list of the top 50 jobs in Nevada. The top 50 occupations are selected based on current and future growth expectations. Of the fastest growing occupations, a subset of jobs paying higher than average are selected. The list of top occupations is also delineated by training levels such bachelor's degree, moderate-term and short-term training requirements.
Occupations that made the list are a mix of traditional jobs you would expect to see given Nevada's unique industry base, and also those jobs that are present in most economies. Here is a select sample of some of the top jobs in Nevada:
Jobs requiring a bachelor's degree or higher:
1. General and Operations Managers: Employees in this occupation determine and formulate policies and strategies and provide overall direction for organizations. General and operations managers earn $49.73 per hour on average. Projected average annual job opening for this occupation is 538. The top industries for this occupation are retail sales, construction and professional, scientific & technical services.
2. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software: Workers in this occupation research, design, develop, and test operating systems level software, compilers and network distribution software. Workers in this field earn $40.13 per hour. The occupation is expected to add 91 openings per year on average. The top industries employing this occupation are professional, scientific & technical services, wholesale trade, and information.
3. Accountants and Auditors: Workers employed in this field analyze financial information and prepare financial reports; maintain records of assets, liabilities, and profit and loss. Accountants and auditors earn $28.48 per hour. An estimated 200 openings are available every year on average. The industries employing the most workers in this field include, professional, scientific & technical services, accommodation & food services, and government.
Occupations requiring moderate-term training:
1. Gaming Dealers: Workers in this field operate table games and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players. They also compare the house's hand against players' hands and payoff or collect players' money or chips. Projected average annual job opening for this occupation is 932. On average, gaming dealers earn $7.65 per hour plus tips, which when included range between $15.30 and $38.25 per hour depending on the establishment, type of game and shift worked. Nearly all gaming dealers are employed by the accommodation & food services industry.
2. Registered Nurses: Registered nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They also administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients, and advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. On average, an estimated 688 job openings are available annually. Registered nurses earn $35.07 per hour and are primarily employed in the healthcare & social assistance, and government industries.
3. Customer Service Representatives: Workers in this occupation interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and handle and resolve complaints. Workers in this field earn $15.23 per hour on average. There are an estimated 478 openings on average per year. Top employers of customer service representatives operate in the finance & insurance, administrative & support & waste management & remediation, and retail sales industries.
Occupations requiring short-term training:
1. Retail Salespersons: An individual employed as a retail salesperson sells merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel in a retail establishment. Retail salespersons also advise clients or customers, answer customer or public inquiries, arrange merchandise display assemble advertising displays and authorize credit charges. On average, 2,278 job openings are available per annually. Retail salespersons earn $12.11 per hour. Industries employing the most retails salespersons are general merchandise stores, department stores, and miscellaneous store retailers.
2. Waiters and waitresses: take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment. Activities may include answering customer inquiries, assisting patrons at entertainment events, help with wine selections, balance cash registers, and calculate monetary exchanges. in Nevada, an average 2,124 openings for waiters and waitresses are available every year. Workers in this field earn $10.26 per hour plus tips, which can vary depending on the type of establishment and shift. Employers operating in the traveler accommodation, full-service restaurants, and drinking places industries employ the most workers in this field.
3. Office Clerks: Office clerks perform duties assigned in accordance with office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing. Office clerks average $14.59 per hour, with an estimated 695 openings per year. Top industries of office clerks include, administrative & support services; professional, scientific, & technical services; and ambulatory health care services.
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