The Fastest Growing jobs in Maine:

A new report found nurse practitioner is the fastest-growing job in Maine.  Zippia crunched state data to compile the list of the occupations and their average salaries.

“We then identified the occupations in Maine that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant,” Chris Kolmar wrote on Zippia’s website. “This left us with data for 130 occupations in Maine.”

Maine’s aging population played into the Top 10 fast-growing jobs:

  1. Nurse practitioners
  2. Physician assistants
  3. Physical therapists
  4. Software developers, applications
  5. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
  6. Computer systems analysts
  7. Occupational therapists
  8. Home health aides
  9. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
  10. Cooks, restaurant

Maine is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular fifty or sixty years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in fifty or sixty years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in Maine.

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that nursepractitioners and physician assistants would be so in demand? Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

How we determined the fastest growing jobs in Maine in 2017

Every couple of years each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in Maine that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 130 occupations in Maine.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 130.

At the end of the day, the data showed that Nurse Practitioner is the fastest growing job in Maine.

Why the fastest growing jobs in Maine matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction Maine is heading.

But aside from being merely “interesting,” it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last–take a look at this list. From nurse practitioners to cooks, restaurant, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Pine Tree State for 2017.

Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Maine

 

Rank Job Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Nurse Practitioners 24.58% $96,590 1,470
2 Physician Assistants 18.95% $102,550 1,130
3 Physical Therapists 17.29% $75,940 1,560
4 Software Developers, Applications 16.0% $86,340 1,740
5 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 15.7% $22,450 1,400
6 Computer Systems Analysts 15.43% $78,140 1,870
7 Occupational Therapists 14.58% $65,000 1,100
8 Home Health Aides 14.29% $23,930 3,760
9 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 13.76% $40,400 2,150
10 Cooks, Restaurant 11.58% $25,190 6,360
11 Registered Nurses 10.94% $64,310 16,220
12 Customer Service Representatives 10.92% $33,890 10,060
13 Medical Assistants 10.28% $31,900 3,540
14 Medical Secretaries 10.05% $32,580 4,050
15 Personal Care Aides 9.82% $21,800 12,970
16 Management Analysts 9.42% $65,330 1,510
17 Nursing Assistants 9.15% $25,210 10,020
18 Bartenders 9.09% $21,710 3,120
19 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 8.91% $210,760 2,810
20 Dental Assistants 8.77% $37,790 1,240
21 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 8.7% $36,200 1,250
22 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 8.7% $43,880 1,000
23 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8.41% $19,340 10,830
24 Dental Hygienists 7.96% $63,200 1,220
25 Psychiatric Aides 7.92% $26,720 1,090
26 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 7.91% $43,330 1,500
27 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 7.41% $58,790 1,450
28 Computer User Support Specialists 7.18% $45,030 2,090
29 Billing and Posting Clerks 7.04% $33,850 3,040
30 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 6.8% $45,410 1,100
31 Recreation Workers 6.76% $26,310 1,580
32 Social and Human Service Assistants 6.54% $31,620 3,910
33 Accountants and Auditors 6.44% $60,200 5,120
34 Pharmacy Technicians 6.4% $30,140 2,160
35 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 6.36% $33,090 1,840
36 Massage Therapists 6.35% $39,420 1,340
37 Firefighters 5.88% $32,730 2,340
38 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 5.21% $43,580 2,220
39 Public Relations Specialists 5.17% $54,930 1,220
40 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5.06% $32,210 4,150
41 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5.05% $21,050 7,280
42 Security Guards 4.52% $26,880 2,080
43 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4.48% $42,410 1,400
44 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 4.47% $25,430 2,570
45 Loan Officers 4.39% $63,180 1,190
46 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 4.23% $53,180 2,220
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 4.16% $30,130 6,010
48 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 3.92% $34,500 1,590
49 Compliance Officers 3.88% $62,620 1,070
50 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 3.81% $20,560 1,090
51 Civil Engineers 3.74% $75,270 1,110
52 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 3.65% $67,590 1,420
53 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3.62% $61,290 2,860
54 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 3.48% $39,010 1,190
55 Correctional Officers and Jailers 3.27% $36,820 1,580
56 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 3.25% $33,050 1,270
57 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 3.19% $18,690 4,530
58 Highway Maintenance Workers 3.06% $33,230 2,020
59 Radiologic Technologists 3.03% $56,270 1,020
60 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 3.03% $27,130 1,020
61 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2.83% $48,330 5,450
62 Retail Salespersons 2.46% $25,660 20,820
63 Parts Salespersons 2.3% $31,310 1,780
64 Telemarketers 2.27% $25,620 2,250
65 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 2.24% $26,660 4,100
66 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 2.0% $22,010 1,020
67 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1.71% $50,980 1,190
68 Counter and Rental Clerks 1.6% $22,700 1,900
69 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1.59% $18,980 1,280
70 Machinists 1.56% $44,760 1,300
71 General and Operations Managers 1.41% $91,250 11,520
72 Lawyers 1.26% $99,260 3,210
73 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1.09% $27,290 11,100
74 First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers 1.01% $46,570 1,000
75 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 0.97% $31,130 4,160
76 Human Resources Specialists 0.81% $55,450 1,240
77 Pharmacists 0.79% $125,340 1,280
78 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 0.72% $54,470 2,780
79 Childcare Workers 0.69% $22,190 5,860
80 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 0.66% $36,810 1,520
81 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 0.46% $46,300 2,170
82 Waiters and Waitresses 0.27% $22,450 11,320
83 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 0.0% $68,550 1,330
84 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 0.0% $36,810 1,380
85 Receptionists and Information Clerks -0.27% $28,720 3,640
86 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers -0.4% $38,530 10,010
87 Clergy -0.43% $48,370 2,300
88 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand -0.47% $28,520 6,390
89 Child, Family, and School Social Workers -0.61% $47,570 1,630
90 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers -0.69% $25,270 8,600
91 Insurance Sales Agents -0.87% $54,810 4,550
92 Painters, Construction and Maintenance -1.09% $39,780 2,710
93 Electricians -1.35% $48,240 3,650
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education -1.37% $31,350 1,440
95 Carpenters -1.39% $38,850 10,680
96 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers -1.47% $60,300 2,010
97 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors -1.53% $48,680 1,290
98 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics -1.64% $37,450 4,210
99 Food Preparation Workers -1.66% $22,720 6,520
100 Cashiers -1.71% $20,580 16,710