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Top Openings for Middle-income Jobs in Central Ohio in 2020

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Top Openings for Middle-income Jobs in Central Ohio in 2020
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In recent years, Ohioans have heard how low employment rates are around the country and in the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official unemployment rate in Ohio in December 2019 was 3.2%, in a year that reportedly saw the lowest unemployment rate in 20 years.

However, another rate that is not mentioned nearly as often is the underemployment rate, which looks at joblessness more broadly. This rate includes people who want to work but have not recently looked and people who rely on part-time work but would rather work full-time.

From this broader scope, Ohioans saw an 8.1% average underemployment rate in 2019. Ohio ranked 12th among states and the District of Columbia for underemployment.

All of that being said, there is room for guiding Columbus’ would-be job seekers to careers that are more likely to result in a job or better wages, or steer people toward second-careers and programs that can better prepare them for these roles.

Based on data from a recently released interactive tool, featuring the state’s top in-demand jobs based on wage, growth and job openings, these are the largest projected job openings for middle-income careers for 2020:

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are responsible for transporting goods from one location to another, intercity and sometimes over several state lines. They often drive long distances and use route navigation software or satellite tracking to help plan their own routes. They are legally required to take rest periods, usually given a specific location and time to deliver goods, and will often record their working hours and report their vehicle maintenance status.

The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent. Truck drivers are also required to have a commercial driver’s license and complete a few months of training or go through a professional truck driving program.

There are 13,700 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers employed in Central Ohio, with anticipated available positions at over 1,500.

Services Sales Representatives

Services sales representatives are responsible for selling the services of nearly any kind of company. Their work requires developing and maintaining communication and relationships with clients and customers, as well as negotiating. Many work for a base salary plus either commission or bonuses.

Their work does not require specialized or technical knowledge unless services are scientific or technical in nature. However, sales representatives often attend seminars in sales techniques, take courses in marketing, economics or communication, go through their company’s formal training programs or earn a college degree. They may also benefit from a Certified Sales Professional certification.

There are over 7,000 services sales representatives employed in Central Ohio, with anticipated available positions at over 900.

Construction Laborers

Construction laborers are responsible for performing physical labor at construction sites and operating hand and power tools, as well as other equipment used in construction. However, laborers are mainly responsible for clearing and preparing sites.

Laborers are also responsible for building highways and roads, building homes and businesses, digging tunnels and mine shafts, tearing down buildings and/or removing hazardous materials.

The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent. Most laborers learn through on-the-job training, but others can benefit from trade or vocational school, community college for more training or apprenticeship programs, including those sponsored by unions and contractor associations.

There are over 8,000 construction laborers employed in Central Ohio, with anticipated available positions at over 900.

Billing and Posting Clerks

Billing and posting clerks are a kind of financial clerk that is responsible for reviewing documents like purchase orders, sales tickets and hospital records to calculate fees or charges due to customers. They calculate charges, draft bills and prepare them for delivery.

The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent, and clerks will learn duties through on-the-job training.

There are over 5,000 billing and posting clerks employed in Central Ohio, with anticipated available positions at over 600.

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks are a kind of financial clerk that is responsible for processing applications for insurance policies, changes or cancellations of existing policies, and claims forms. They also are responsible for updating insurance agents, accounting departments and company records of changes, as well as obtaining information from clients to ensure the accuracy and completion of claims forms, applications and other documents.

The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent, and clerks will learn duties through on-the-job training.

There are 4,500 insurance claims and policy processing clerks employed in Central Ohio, with anticipated available positions at around 500.

For more information on in-demand jobs in Central Ohio and beyond, check out the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and InnovateOhio’s online, interactive In-Demand Jobs List tool.

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