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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 681 occupations with openings in Tennessee.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
74,890
16,070
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
97,520
14,440
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Retail salespersons
95,350
14,310
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Cashiers
72,750
13,710
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Waiters and waitresses
51,330
10,410
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Customer service representatives
59,760
9,180
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
63,990
7,510
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
8
Stock clerks and order fillers
53,870
7,490
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Office clerks, general
56,260
6,890
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
42,030
6,500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
60,630
6,310
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
General and operations managers
45,590
4,740
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
13
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
32,470
4,710
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
14
Nursing assistants
31,360
4,490
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Helpers--production workers
21,030
4,420
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
38,930
4,340
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
Registered nurses
58,250
4,320
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
18
Personal care aides
20,200
4,140
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
33,790
4,030
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
20
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
35,420
3,960
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Security guards
23,780
3,740
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
22
Maintenance and repair workers, general
31,310
3,600
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Childcare workers
22,670
3,530
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Cooks, restaurant
21,920
3,520
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
Food preparation workers
17,030
3,110
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
Packers and packagers, hand
18,600
3,030
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
27
Construction laborers
23,940
2,970
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
28
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
17,810
2,810
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Receptionists and information clerks
18,260
2,800
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Teacher assistants
22,490
2,570
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
31
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
17,460
2,560
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
32
Sales representatives, services, all other
16,870
2,540
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
21,970
2,540
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
10,990
2,450
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
35
Elementary school teachers, except special education
29,390
2,420
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
36
Light truck or delivery services drivers
20,690
2,310
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Industrial truck and tractor operators
17,780
2,290
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
38
Accountants and auditors
18,590
2,280
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
39
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
9,390
2,260
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
40
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
23,900
2,250
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
41
Medical assistants
14,460
2,190
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
42
Residential advisors
8,370
1,930
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
43
Cooks, fast food
14,540
1,900
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
44
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
17,550
1,850
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Food service managers
14,870
1,820
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
46
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
16,700
1,810
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
47
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
10,800
1,690
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
48
Managers, all other
18,660
1,620
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
49
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
15,440
1,590
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
50
Financial managers
14,490
1,590
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree