Iowa's Hot 50 Jobs

The Iowa Department of Workforce Development, a partner with DMACC in the operation of Iowa Employment Solutions, has created a list of the top 50 high demand occupations in Iowa. DMACC has programs, instruction and degrees to help you find employment in nearly all of these career areas.

Occupational Title 2008 Estimated Employment 2018 Projected Employment Annual Growth Rate (%) 2010 Mean Hourly Wage 2010
Mean Annual
Salary
Education/ Training Level Top Skills
Family and General Practitioners 2,390 2,875 2.0 $90.42 $188,060 1 Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Science, Speaking, Perceptiveness
Dentist, General 1,210 1,350 1.2 $83.88 $174,474 1 Critical Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making, Active Listener, Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, Speaking
Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary 1,735 1,985 1.4 NA $131,444 2 Reading Comprehesion, Speaking, Instructing, Critial Thinking, Active Listening, Complex Problem Solving, Learning Strategies, Writing
Lawyers 4,340 4,910 1.3 49.84 103,651 1 Active Listening, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment & Decision Making, Writing
Computer and Information Systems Managers 2,225 2,635 1.8 49.55 103,059 4 Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Monitoring, Writing
Sales Managers 2,300 2,685 1.7 47.12 98,023 4 Speaking, Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, Persuasion, Coordination, Crital Thinking, Monitoring, Service Oriention
Optometrists 460 560 2.3 47.07 97,919 1 Science, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Speaking, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Service Orientation
Actuaries 555 675 2.2 46.87 97,486 4 Mathematics, Critical Thinking, Judgement & Decision Making, Complex Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension
Marketing Managers 1,600 1,805 1.3 45.61 94,867 4 Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Persuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Speaking
Pharmacists 2,885 3,315 1.5 45.01 93,618 1 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Active Learning, Critical Thinking, Speaking
Physician Assistants 710 960 3.5 40.20 83,612 3 Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Judgement & Decision Making, Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness
Construction Managers 3,620 4,185 1.6 40.13 83,469 5 Time Management, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Management of Personnel Resources, Speaking
Chiropractors 830 970 1.7 39.24 81,610 1 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Speaking, Complex Problem Solving, Time Management
Mathematical Science Teacher, Postsecondary 590 675 1.4 NA 81,322 2 Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Mathematics, Writing
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 1,030 1,175 1.5 NA 81,313 2 Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Instructing, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Learning Strategies
Medical and Health Services Managers 4,815 5,505 1.4 38.24 79,541 4 Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Judgment & Decision Making
Public Relations Managers 500 560 1.2 37.51 78,011 4 Speaking, Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Social Perceptiveness, Writing
Computer Software Engineers, System Software 2,725 3,580 3.1 37.34 77,664 5 Active Listening, Active Learning, Programming, Reading Comprehension, Complex Problem Solving
Civil Engineers 1,690 2,075 2.3 36.65 103,651 5 Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Mathematics, Operations Analysis, Reading Comprehension
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 735 845 1.34 NA 75,943 2 Speaking, Instructing, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Critical Thinking
Financial Examiners 500 720 4.4 35.80 74,474 5 Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Active Learning, Active Listening, Instructing, Judgement & Decision Making, Time Management, Writing
Computer Software Engineers, Applications 3,470 4,665 3.4 35.69 74,232 5 Complex Problem Soliving, Programming, Systems Analysis, Judgement & Decision Making, Systems Evaluations and Technical Skills
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 825 950 1.5 35.19 73,194 5 Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Speaking, Judgement & Decision Making, Reading Comprehension
Medical Scientists, Exept Epidemiologists 485 700 4.3 34.99 72,789 2 Science, Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Complex Problem Solving, Speaking
Physical Therapists 1,735 2,195 2.7 34.10 70,933 3 Active Listening, Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Social Perceptiveness, Time Management
Management Analysts 5,515 6,365 1.6 33.83 70,369 1 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving
Computer Systems Analysts 5,230 6,400 2.2 33.77 70,229 5 Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Systems Analysis
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 795 910 1.4 NA 70,056 2 Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Writing, Instructing, Monitoring
Industrial Engineers 2,305 2,795 2.1 33.61 69,900 5 Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Writing
Database Administrators 735 870 1.8 33.01 68,661 5 Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Monitoring, Active Learning, Active Listening, Reading Comprehension
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agent 3,615 4,280 1.8 32.73 68,090 5 Speaking, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Persuasion, Reading Comprehension, Systems Analysis
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 2,625 4,050 5.4 32.20 66,970 5 Systems Analysis, Active Learning, Active listening, Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Monitoring, Operations Analysis, Speaking, Systems Evaluation
Financial Analysts 1,975 2,350 1.9 32.09 66,746 5 Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Active Listening, Complex Problem Solving
Enviromental Scientists and Specialist, Including Health 860 1,040 2.1 32.02 66,604 3 Science, Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Active Listening, Writing
Veterinarians 1,105 1,395 2.7 31.87 66,290 1 Science, Active Listening, Crilical Thinking, Speaking, Judgement & Decision Making, Reading Comprehension
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 795 910 1.4 NA 66,234 2 Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Instructing, Writing, Active Listening
Occupational Therapists 880 1,075 2.2 30.86 64,193 3 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness
Dental Hygienists 1,890 2,480 3.1 30.81 64,093 6 Active Listening, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Social Perceptiveness
Personal Financial Advisors 1,450 2,000 3.8 30.77 64,003 5 Active Listening, Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Judgment & Decision Making, Writing
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 3,270 3,885 1.9 30.02 62,451 5 Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, System Analysis, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment & Decision Making, Monitoring, Systems Evaluations
Art, Drama and Music teachers, Postsecondary 925 1,060 1.5 NA 61,238 2 Instructing, Speaking, Learning Strategies, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Monitoring, Writing
Logisticians 460 555 2.1 29.43 61,209 5 Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Complex Problem Solving, Monitoring, Reading Comprehension
Instructional Coordinators 1,270 1,500 1.8 28.98 60,274 3 Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Learning Strategies, Writing, Active Learning, Active Listening, Monitoring
Loan Officers 5,335 6,345 1.9 28.85 60,005 10 Speaking, Active Listening, Judgement & Decision Making, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking
Accountants and Auditors 11,640 14,270 2.3 28.63 59,560 5 Active Listening, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Speaking
Insurance Sales Agents 6,385 7,720 2.1 28.41 59,084 7 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Writing, Critical Thinking, Persuasions, Time Management
Food Scientist and Technologists 375 425 1.3 28.21 58,682 5 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Active Learning, Speaking
Credit Analysts 660 820 2.4 27.86 57,938 5 Critical Thinking, Active Learning, Active Listening, Judgment & Decision Making, Reading Comprehension, Speaking
Speech Language Pathologists 1,075 1,205 1.3 27.83 57,903 3 Active Listening, Social Perceptiveness, Speaking, Reading Comprehension, Writing
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 480 575 2.0 27.56 57,334 5 Active Listening, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Judgement & Decision Making, Social Perceptiveness, Writing

Source:
Iowa Workforce Development
Workforce Data and Business Development Bureau
http://iwin.iowaworkforce.org