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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 756 occupations with openings in Washington.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
81,560
18,450
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
105,630
16,910
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
67,530
13,130
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Waiters and waitresses
51,910
12,310
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
65,410
10,890
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Office clerks, general
75,490
10,420
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Personal care aides
53,150
9,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
60,290
9,280
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Software developers, applications
60,500
8,840
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
51,090
8,500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Customer service representatives
51,110
7,810
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Teacher assistants
45,480
5,840
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
13
Cooks, restaurant
30,090
5,610
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
14
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
42,760
5,490
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
15
Carpenters
45,840
5,450
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
General and operations managers
49,690
5,360
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Construction laborers
40,650
5,350
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
18
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
29,940
4,870
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
19
Stock clerks and order fillers
34,350
4,720
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
37,920
4,640
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
21
Registered nurses
58,080
4,460
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
38,030
4,420
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
23
Nursing assistants
31,340
4,200
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
24
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
26,330
4,150
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
Food preparation workers
20,260
4,120
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
Business operations specialists, all other
35,890
4,100
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
27
Maintenance and repair workers, general
35,100
4,080
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
36,790
4,080
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
33,800
4,070
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Accountants and auditors
35,510
4,030
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
31
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
21,770
3,950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Receptionists and information clerks
24,480
3,770
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
14,390
3,670
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
34
Management analysts
27,600
3,650
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
35
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
21,380
3,430
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
36
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
29,060
3,370
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Packers and packagers, hand
20,420
3,360
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
38
Childcare workers
19,670
3,340
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Security guards
19,380
3,300
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Electricians
21,870
3,050
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Managers, all other
30,740
3,030
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
42
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
19,370
3,030
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
43
Sales representatives, services, all other
18,460
2,960
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Elementary school teachers, except special education
30,740
2,920
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
45
Bartenders
13,820
2,900
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
46
Real estate sales agents
24,350
2,640
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
47
Light truck or delivery services drivers
21,470
2,610
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
48
Painters, construction and maintenance
22,400
2,520
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
49
Dishwashers
12,630
2,440
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
50
Bus drivers, school or special client
15,090
2,280
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
51
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
7,880
2,220
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
52
Human resources specialists
17,160
2,220
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
53
Computer occupations, all other
15,600
2,160
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
54
Marketing managers
11,500
2,120
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
55
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
12,430
2,110
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
56
Computer user support specialists
17,320
2,080
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
57
Medical assistants
13,790
2,020
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
58
Computer systems analysts
18,800
2,000
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
59
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
15,760
1,970
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
60
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
9,020
1,920
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
61
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
16,340
1,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
62
Computer and information systems managers
13,740
1,870
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
63
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
9,160
1,810
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
64
Software developers, systems software
15,670
1,690
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
65
Gaming dealers
7,350
1,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
66
Self-enrichment education teachers
11,950
1,620
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
67
Massage therapists
8,820
1,600
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
68
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
15,200
1,580
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
69
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
11,810
1,580
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
70
Billing and posting clerks
12,170
1,560
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
71
Dental assistants
11,360
1,560
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
72
Construction managers
15,750
1,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
73
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
16,230
1,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
74
Counter and rental clerks
10,310
1,500
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
75
Financial managers
14,130
1,490
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
76
Recreation workers
7,710
1,470
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
77
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
8,420
1,440
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
78
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
12,040
1,410
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
79
Amusement and recreation attendants
5,510
1,400
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
80
Coaches and scouts
8,450
1,360
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearBachelor's degree
81
Tellers
10,760
1,340
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
82
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
11,840
1,330
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
83
Home health aides
9,270
1,310
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
84
Insurance sales agents
10,550
1,290
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
85
Industrial truck and tractor operators
10,070
1,260
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
86
Preschool teachers, except special education
10,060
1,240
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
87
Kindergarten teachers, except special education
9,870
1,230
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
88
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
11,940
1,200
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
89
Production, planning, and expediting clerks
10,450
1,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
90
Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
10,290
1,160
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
91
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
9,820
1,160
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
92
Machinists
10,700
1,130
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
93
Medical secretaries
7,990
1,120
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
94
Driver/sales workers
9,040
1,100
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
95
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
8,590
1,100
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
96
Protective service workers, all other
3,720
1,070
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
97
Web developers
7,680
1,060
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
98
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
5,610
1,050
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Nonfarm animal caretakers
5,430
1,040
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
100
Social and human service assistants
7,300
1,030
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent