Careers to Consider: In-Demand Jobs in TN

Choosing your college major, or TCAT profession, can feel about as stressful as choosing your destiny. Well, good news! Unlike destiny, your future career plans have a bit more flexibility. While you want to be thoughtful when choosing your major, there are no rules saying you can’t change it if you start taking classes and realize you might be headed down the wrong path.

One factor that tnAchieves encourages you to consider when browsing major programs at your school is the local, or national, need for people in those professions. To help you with that research, tnAchieves has compiled this list of top in-demand jobs in Tennessee and what major you should consider if you are interested in these professions.

Top 5 In-Demand Jobs with an Associate’s Degree or Technical Certificate

nurse1. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Average Annual Job Openings: 985

Average Salary: $35,821

Skills required: Reading, some math, persuasion, service-oriented, science, compassion, detail-oriented, interpersonal skills, patience, speaking

Related Majors: Nursing

 

2. Preschool Teachers

Average Annual Job Openings: 490

Average Salary: $22,286

Skills required: Reading, persuasion, service-oriented, communication, creativity, organization, patience

Related Majors: Child Care Management, Development Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Social Work

3. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Average Annual Job Openings: 405

Average Salary: $29,291

Skills required: Reading, service-oriented, some persuasion, compassion, interpersonal skills, listening, problem-solving, speaking skills

Related Majors: Emergency Medical Technology, Emergency Medical Service

paralegal.jpg4. Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Average Annual Job Openings: 315

Average Salary: $42,807

Skills required: Reading, service-oriented, some persuasion, communication, computer skills, organization, research

Related Majors: Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Office Management

5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Average Annual Job Openings: 305

Average Salary: $35,074

Skills required: Reading, some math, some service-oriented, some persuasion, science, ability to use technology, detail-oriented

Related Majors: Organic Chemistry, Lab Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Chemistry

Top In-Demand Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree

1. Elementary School Teachers

Average Annual Job Openings: 1,190

Average Salary: $46,344

Skills required: Reading, math, service-oriented, persuasion, some science, communication, creativity, patience, resourcefulness

Related Majors: Elementary Education

accounting-masters2. Accountants and Auditors

Average Annual Job Openings: 1,130

Average Salary: $57,666

Skills required: Reading, math, some service-oriented, some persuasion, analytical skills, communication, detail-oriented, organization

Related Majors: Accounting, Business Law, Auditing, Business Administration and Management, Business and Managerial Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems

3. Secondary School Teachers

Average Annual Job Openings: 705

Average Salary: $47,778

Skills required: Reading, math, service-oriented, persuasion, some science, communication, patience, resourcefulness

Related Majors: The major you plan to teach (Math, English, History, Science), Adolescent Behavior and Development, Classroom Management, Educational Psychology, Bilingual Education, Psychology, Social Work

4. Clergy

Average Annual Job Openings: 605

Average Salary: $41,748

Skills required: Reading, some math, service-oriented, persuasion

Related Majors: Psychology, Theologyteacher-31

5. Middle School Teachers

Average Annual Job Openings: 490

Average Salary: $46,573

Skills required: Reading, some math, service-oriented, persuasion, communication, patience, resourcefulness

Related Majors: The major you plan to teach (Math, English, History, Science), Elementary Education, Education, Psychology, Bilingual Education, Social Work

If you don’t see your major on the list, don’t worry! You can see the complete list of projected in-demand jobs in Tennessee here. For more information on careers you might be considering, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. While you do not have to base your entire decision on projected job growth and salary, these are factors to consider and to be aware of before you choose a major at your higher education institution. Everyone at tnAchieves cannot wait to see what our TN Promise scholars accomplish in their education and career pathways!

 

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