North Carolina’s Top Jobs for 2012

See our other posts on the top jobs in various states.

In this post we will take a look at the top jobs in North Carolina for 2012. Using Analyst (EMSI’s web-based labor market analysis tool), we will filter over 800 occupations in order to find jobs that have had the most growth since 2007 (when the economy took its nosedive), high pay, and a higher degree of specialization in the state. Our observations are based solely on labor market data from EMSI’s 2011.4 Covered Employment release, which is drawn from 80+ state and federal data sources.

Big picture, how has North Carolina fared since 2007? Jobs have fallen 5.6%, from 4.2 million to 3.98 million, with just the slightest uptick in 2010-2011.  The latest estimates put unemployment at 435,000. Average annual earnings are $41K.

JOBS WITH THE BEST GROWTH

Here we will consider the total number of new jobs and proportional growth.

Registered nurses has added the most — over 6,000 new jobs since 2007. That’s way above any other occupation in the state. Following that are network systems & data communications analysts (+800 new jobs), computer software engineers, applications (+700), and physicians & surgeons (+600). The list goes on (see the table below, where we’ve limited our analysis to jobs that employ 1,000+ and that pay at least $25/hour, excluding educational occupations).

Interestingly, healthcare jobs (SOC code 29) show up quite a few times on this table — seven out of 18. Another four jobs are related to business & financial operations (SOC code 13) and three to computer & mathematical science (SOC code 15). All of the occupations here require at least an associate’s degree — except for flight attendants, which calls for only long-term on-the-job training.

SOC Code Description 2007 Jobs 2011 Jobs Change % Change 2007 National Location Quotient 2011 National Location Quotient 2011 Median Hourly Wage 2011 Avg Hourly Wage Education Level
Source: EMSI Covered Employment – 2011.4
29-1111 Registered nurses 81,933 88,156 6,223 8% 1.10 1.12 $27.40 $28.39 Associate’s degree
15-1081 Network systems and data communications analysts 5,734 6,529 795 14% 0.88 0.92 $34.30 $36.22 Bachelor’s degree
15-1031 Computer software engineers, applications 12,927 13,627 700 5% 0.87 0.89 $41.34 $42.02 Bachelor’s degree
29-1069 Physicians and surgeons 15,572 16,181 609 4% 0.93 0.93 $87.84 $91.94 First professional degree
29-2034 Radiologic technologists and technicians 6,945 7,437 492 7% 1.12 1.15 $25.18 $25.37 Associate’s degree
13-1111 Management analysts 7,829 8,244 415 5% 0.47 0.49 $34.09 $36.85 Degree plus work experience
13-1199 Business operation specialists, all other 27,371 27,760 389 1% 0.87 0.90 $26.90 $29.82 Bachelor’s degree
11-9111 Medical and health services managers 6,998 7,375 377 5% 0.89 0.90 $38.09 $42.38 Degree plus work experience
13-2052 Personal financial advisors 4,002 4,366 364 9% 0.90 0.96 $29.14 $30.81 Bachelor’s degree
19-1042 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 4,685 5,037 352 8% 1.62 1.59 $37.33 $40.52 Doctoral degree
29-2021 Dental hygienists 5,071 5,401 330 7% 1.00 1.00 $29.98 $29.77 Associate’s degree
29-1123 Physical therapists 3,994 4,307 313 8% 0.82 0.80 $35.95 $35.89 Master’s degree
29-1071 Physician assistants 3,279 3,538 259 8% 1.50 1.47 $39.45 $39.38 Master’s degree
15-1099 Computer specialists, all other 3,389 3,624 235 7% 0.58 0.61 $34.76 $34.86 Associate’s degree
13-1073 Training and development specialists 6,437 6,647 210 3% 1.05 1.07 $25.28 $26.75 Bachelor’s degree
29-1051 Pharmacists 8,083 8,287 204 3% 1.01 1.04 $54.34 $53.44 First professional degree
19-3021 Market research analysts 5,462 5,665 203 4% 0.80 0.82 $28.07 $30.40 Bachelor’s degree
39-6031 Flight attendants 2,699 2,901 202 7% 0.89 1.03 $27.15 $27.61 Long-term on-the-job training

Now for the jobs that have grown by the greatest percent. Network systems & data communications analysts (14%) tops the chart, followed by personal financial advisors (9%) and physician assistants, physical therapists, registered nurses, and medical scientists (all at 8%).

SOC Code Description 2007 Jobs 2011 Jobs Change % Change 2007 National Location Quotient 2011 National Location Quotient 2011 Median Hourly Wage 2011 Avg Hourly Wage Education Level
Source: EMSI Covered Employment – 2011.4
15-1081 Network systems and data communications analysts 5,734 6,529 795 14% 0.88 0.92 $34.30 $36.22 Bachelor’s degree
13-2052 Personal financial advisors 4,002 4,366 364 9% 0.90 0.96 $29.14 $30.81 Bachelor’s degree
29-1071 Physician assistants 3,279 3,538 259 8% 1.50 1.47 $39.45 $39.38 Master’s degree
29-1123 Physical therapists 3,994 4,307 313 8% 0.82 0.80 $35.95 $35.89 Master’s degree
29-1111 Registered nurses 81,933 88,156 6,223 8% 1.10 1.12 $27.40 $28.39 Associate’s degree
19-1042 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 4,685 5,037 352 8% 1.62 1.59 $37.33 $40.52 Doctoral degree
39-6031 Flight attendants 2,699 2,901 202 7% 0.89 1.03 $27.15 $27.61 Long-term on-the-job training
29-2034 Radiologic technologists and technicians 6,945 7,437 492 7% 1.12 1.15 $25.18 $25.37 Associate’s degree
15-1099 Computer specialists, all other 3,389 3,624 235 7% 0.58 0.61 $34.76 $34.86 Associate’s degree
29-2021 Dental hygienists 5,071 5,401 330 7% 1.00 1.00 $29.98 $29.77 Associate’s degree
15-1031 Computer software engineers, applications 12,927 13,627 700 5% 0.87 0.89 $41.34 $42.02 Bachelor’s degree
11-9111 Medical and health services managers 6,998 7,375 377 5% 0.89 0.90 $38.09 $42.38 Degree plus work experience
13-1111 Management analysts 7,829 8,244 415 5% 0.47 0.49 $34.09 $36.85 Degree plus work experience
29-1069 Physicians and surgeons 15,572 16,181 609 4% 0.93 0.93 $87.84 $91.94 First professional degree

Overall, the three jobs that show the best of both kinds of growth are registered nurses, network systems & data communications analysts, and computer software engineers, applications.

JOBS WITH THE BEST $

Of all the jobs that pay above $45 an hour (2011 median hourly wage), we get a lot from the healthcare sphere: physicians & surgeons ($87.94), dentists ($87.31), orthodontists ($81.20), oral & maxillofacial surgeons ($75.21) — nine of the 25 highest-paying jobs. Not surprising. But it’s also interesting to note that ten of the jobs here are related to management (SOC code 11) — jobs like chief executives ($85.64), natural sciences managers ($61.15), engineering managers ($56.46), and computer & information systems managers ($54.18). The difference? All the healthcare jobs are growing or at least holding steady, while nearly all the management occupations are in decline.

SOC Code Description 2007 Jobs 2011 Jobs Change % Change 2007 National Location Quotient 2011 National Location Quotient 2011 Median Hourly Wage 2011 Avg Hourly Wage Education Level
Source: EMSI Covered Employment – 2011.4
29-1069 Physicians and surgeons 15,572 16,181 609 4% 0.93 0.93 $87.84 $91.94 First professional degree
29-1021 Dentists, general 2,494 2,530 36 1% 0.97 0.97 $87.31 $94.18 First professional degree
11-1011 Chief executives 3,631 3,300 (331) (9%) 0.38 0.38 $85.64 $89.70 Degree plus work experience
29-1023 Orthodontists 119 120 1 1% 0.74 0.74 $81.20 $100.83 First professional degree
53-2011 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 2,105 2,227 122 6% 0.90 1.02 $77.89 $79.92 Bachelor’s degree
29-1022 Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 206 208 2 1% 1.29 1.28 $75.21 $93.28 First professional degree
29-1029 Dentists, all other specialists 71 77 6 8% 0.50 0.51 $65.30 $81.05 First professional degree
11-9121 Natural sciences managers 2,163 2,219 56 3% 1.65 1.67 $61.15 $64.78 Degree plus work experience
27-2021 Athletes and sports competitors 777 736 (41) (5%) 1.83 1.87 $57.28 $64.26 Long-term on-the-job training
11-9041 Engineering managers 5,923 5,361 (562) (9%) 1.04 1.02 $56.46 $57.92 Degree plus work experience
29-1051 Pharmacists 8,083 8,287 204 3% 1.01 1.04 $54.34 $53.44 First professional degree
11-3021 Computer and information systems managers 11,028 11,049 21 0% 1.26 1.29 $54.18 $56.61 Degree plus work experience
29-1081 Podiatrists 171 171 0 0% 0.61 0.58 $53.00 $65.05 First professional degree
11-2021 Marketing managers 4,830 4,715 (115) (2%) 0.91 0.94 $52.97 $56.26 Degree plus work experience
15-2011 Actuaries 367 385 18 5% 0.69 0.73 $51.79 $50.58 Degree plus work experience
17-2171 Petroleum engineers 38 41 3 8% 0.06 0.05 $49.90 $52.38 Bachelor’s degree
23-1011 Lawyers 9,995 9,653 (342) (3%) 0.58 0.59 $49.00 $57.33 First professional degree
11-3031 Financial managers 18,978 18,277 (701) (4%) 1.22 1.26 $48.80 $52.81 Degree plus work experience
29-1041 Optometrists 690 747 57 8% 0.92 0.91 $48.30 $59.84 First professional degree
11-1021 General and operations managers 55,294 49,419 (5,875) (11%) 1.01 1.01 $48.11 $56.00 Degree plus work experience
11-3041 Compensation and benefits managers 1,329 1,310 (19) (1%) 1.21 1.24 $46.24 $50.06 Degree plus work experience
11-3049 Human resources managers, all other 1,231 1,232 1 0% 0.63 0.66 $46.13 $50.83 Degree plus work experience
17-2061 Computer hardware engineers 1,488 1,323 (165) (11%) 0.72 0.67 $46.01 $48.38 Bachelor’s degree
11-3042 Training and development managers 843 856 13 2% 0.94 0.98 $45.67 $50.15 Degree plus work experience
29-1011 Chiropractors 517 508 (9) (2%) 0.66 0.63 $45.30 $53.93 First professional degree

JOBS WITH THE BEST CONCENTRATION

Concentration (measured by location quotient, or LQ) is basically another way of saying specialization. When we look at the most concentrated jobs, we’re looking at the most compelling jobs for North Carolina. (You can find out more about concentration here.)

The bad news? Almost all the highest-concentrated jobs in North Carolina are going down (again, limiting our analysis to jobs that employ 1,000+). We see a trend here: 15 of the 24 jobs with an LQ above 2.0 are related to production (SOC code 51), and all of them have sunk since 2007 — jobs like textile knitting & weaving machine setters/operators/tenders (LQ 8.19, -29%), upholsterers (LQ 4.37, -30%), and tire builders (LQ 3.9, -13%). These jobs require short- to long-term on-the-job training, and pay around $10-15 per hour.

Jobs that are actually growing (if only by a smidge) include home health aides (LQ 2.42, +1,800 new jobs), military occupations (LQ 2.3, +9,700 new jobs), and adult literacy/remedial education/GED teachers & instructors (LQ 2.01, +53 new jobs).

SOC Code Description 2007 Jobs 2011 Jobs Change % Change 2007 National Location Quotient 2011 National Location Quotient 2011 Median Hourly Wage 2011 Avg Hourly Wage Education Level
Source: EMSI Covered Employment – 2011.4
51-6063 Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 8,010 5,724 (2,286) (29%) 8.13 8.19 $11.98 $12.12 Long-term on-the-job training
51-6064 Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 9,175 6,396 (2,779) (30%) 7.38 7.23 $11.05 $11.40 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-6061 Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 3,608 2,325 (1,283) (36%) 7.02 6.34 $11.74 $11.82 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-6093 Upholsterers 6,075 4,277 (1,798) (30%) 4.84 4.37 $16.35 $16.95 Long-term on-the-job training
51-9197 Tire builders 2,341 2,037 (304) (13%) 3.74 3.90 $10.46 $11.98 Moderate-term on-the-job training
41-9021 Real estate brokers 5,624 4,890 (734) (13%) 3.30 3.51 $17.16 $24.67 Work experience in a related field
51-6091 Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 1,903 1,346 (557) (29%) 3.52 3.49 $14.47 $14.76 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-6099 Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 2,051 1,428 (623) (30%) 4.14 3.45 $10.02 $10.60 Short-term on-the-job training
51-7021 Furniture finishers 2,316 1,550 (766) (33%) 3.17 2.99 $12.89 $13.03 Long-term on-the-job training
25-2023 Vocational education teachers, middle school 1,236 1,207 (29) (2%) 2.89 2.92 $28.39 $28.79 Degree plus work experience
51-9031 Cutters and trimmers, hand 2,020 1,482 (538) (27%) 2.75 2.56 $13.11 $13.86 Short-term on-the-job training
51-3023 Slaughterers and meat packers 7,694 6,938 (756) (10%) 2.59 2.43 $10.33 $10.53 Moderate-term on-the-job training
31-1011 Home health aides 72,721 74,536 1,815 2% 2.82 2.42 $9.61 $9.79 Short-term on-the-job training
53-3099 Motor vehicle operators, all other 5,544 5,274 (270) (5%) 2.36 2.41 $13.01 $13.36 Short-term on-the-job training
51-6062 Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 1,684 1,167 (517) (31%) 2.54 2.31 $12.49 $12.67 Moderate-term on-the-job training
55-9999 Military Occupations 130,085 139,792 9,707 7% 2.09 2.30 $20.06 $26.27 N/A
47-3013 Helpers, electricians 7,656 5,577 (2,079) (27%) 2.39 2.25 $12.47 $12.66 Short-term on-the-job training
47-3015 Helpers, pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,807 4,277 (1,530) (26%) 2.43 2.24 $12.61 $12.78 Short-term on-the-job training
19-3099 Social scientists and related workers, all other 1,956 2,059 103 5% 2.28 2.20 $21.38 $22.75 Master’s degree
51-7042 Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 6,928 4,435 (2,493) (36%) 2.33 2.20 $12.13 $12.37 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-3091 Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders 1,118 1,026 (92) (8%) 2.25 2.13 $12.89 $13.91 Short-term on-the-job training
51-6031 Sewing machine operators 13,393 9,389 (4,004) (30%) 2.16 2.05 $10.75 $11.20 Moderate-term on-the-job training
25-3011 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 4,038 4,091 53 1% 2.02 2.01 $19.91 $20.61 Bachelor’s degree
51-7041 Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 3,488 2,380 (1,108) (32%) 2.06 2.00 $11.40 $11.88 Moderate-term on-the-job training

OVERALL

Healthcare jobs, with their solid pay and their notable growth since 2007, are among the top jobs in North Carolina in 2012 — especially registered nurses, physicians & surgeons, physician assistants, and physical therapists. We should also pay attention to network systems & data communication analysts (+800 jobs, +14%, $34.30/hour), medical scientists, except epidemiologists (+352 jobs, +8%, $37.33/hour, LQ 1.59), and computer software engineers, applications (+700 jobs, +5%, $41.34/hour). Military occupations is interesting because of its growth (+9,700 jobs, +7%) and its concentration (LQ 2.3).

 

Find out more about EMSI and our data here. You can reach us via Twitter @DesktopEcon or by emailing Rob Sentz (rob@economicmodeling.com).

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