Want your kid to get a job in Idaho in the next decade? The latest report out from the Idaho Department of Commerce & Labor says the hottest occupations in Idaho through 2014 will be nursing, teaching, engineering, skilled trades, and management. Two-thirds of those jobs will require a post-secondary academic degree.
“These projections clearly show that affordable, accessible post-high school education and skill training will be critical for meeting the employment demands of Idaho businesses in the coming decade,” said Bob Uhlenkott, head of research for Commerce & Labor.
The report projects job growth in Idaho at 2 percent a year through 2014, about twice the national rate. That reflects a leveling off from the 3 percent to 4 percent increases of the past few years. The report predicts that of the 20 fastest-growing jobs, seven will be in health care and five computer-related. At the same time, low-paying clerk jobs will drop by 17 percent by 2014, the report predicted, as those jobs are increasingly replaced by computers or other technology.