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Job Market

What's the job market like?  If you're a job seeker, you'll want to learn more about this information, also known as Labor Market Information (LMI).   Knowing which jobs have more opportunities and what jobs pay may also affect your decisions about re-training or additional education.

To get an idea of employment opportunities in Missouri, check the tables below. Career "Grades" have been assigned based on an occupation’s job growth rate, total openings, and average wages relative to other occupations in the state.

If you want to know more about a specific Labor Market Region of the state, just click that area on the state map located on the right-hand side of this page.

For more in-depth job market information, try these links:

 Top Job Outlook - Statewide
(Careers in Missouri with the best outlook between 2010-2020)

 Grade

 Occupation Title

 Total Openings

Average Wages 

 B

Registered Nurses

 24,468

 $59,142

 B-

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

 13,454

 $38,452

 B

Sales Representatives -Whlsl & Mfg

 12,311

 $58,073

 A-

Carpenters

 10,689

 $44,439

 B

Accountants & Auditors

 10,598

 $59,985

 B-

First-Line Supervisors of Admin. Workers

 8,783

 $47,537

 B-

Elem School Teachers except Special Ed

 8,596

 $44,068

 B-

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Clerks

 7,422

 $32,584

 B-

Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses

 7,081

 $35,868

 B-

Automotive Service Technicians

 5,935

 $35,644

 Top Job Openings - Statewide
(Occupations with the Most Openings 2010-2020)

 Grade

Occupation Title

Total  Openings

Average Wages

C+

Cashiers

 35,857

 $19,081

B-

Retail Salespersons

 31,200

 $24,838

B-

Combined Food Prep. & Service Workers

27,181

 $17,589

C

Waiters & Waitresses

 25,803

 $19,318

B

Registered Nurses

 24,468

 $59,142

 B-

Office Clerks, General

 19,168

 $28,575

 B-

Customer Service Representatives

 19,072

 $30,672

 B-

Laborers,Freight, Stock, Material Movers

 15,507

 $25,492

 B-

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor Trailer

 13,454

 $38,452

B

Sales Representatives -Whlsl & Mfg

 12,311

 $58,073