Nevada workers 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 100 jobs in Nevada. The top 100 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. Elementary School Teachers: Employees in this occupation Teach student’s basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level. Elementary School Teachers earn $52,590.00 per year on average. Projected average annual job opening for this occupation is 327. The top industries for this occupation are Educational Services, and Educational and Health Services.
2. 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.
3. Sales Managers: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requires and monitor the preferences of customers. Workers in this field earn $44.93 per hour. The occupation is expected to add 134 openings per year on average. The top industries employing this occupation are Financial Activities, Natural Resource and Mining, Manufacturing, and Service Providing Trades.
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 1,329. On average, gaming dealers earn $8.35 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 610 job openings are available annually. Registered nurses earn $37.42 per hour and are primarily employed in the Healthcare & Social Assistance, and Government Industries.
3. Cooks, Restaurant: Workers in this occupation prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies; keep records, and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu. Workers in this field earn $13.95 per hour on average. There are an estimated 640 openings on average per year. Top employers of cooks are Leisure and Hospitality, Accommodation and Food Services, and Food Services and Drinking Places.
Occupations requiring short-term training:
1. 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.
2. 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.
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 $14.85 per hour, with an estimated 734 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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