Southwest Ohio’s in-demand jobs include health care, IT, manufacturing

A transformed online tool is highlighting the top in-demand jobs for Ohio and its regions and how many openings exist at this time, among the latest state efforts to help job-seekers.

The Ohio’s Top Jobs tool is required by law and was published by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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A search of the site ( shows the top in-demand job in the state's Southwest Region is Registered Nurse, which has a median salary of $67,000, employs 19,037 and has 1,303 openings. That career is followed by Software Developers, Applications; Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists; Medical Secretaries and Financial Managers.

The top 10 is rounded out by Medical Assistants, Computer Systems Analysts and Laborers and Freight/Stock/Material Movers, Hand; General and Operations Managers; Constructions Laborers; Nursing Assistants; Sales Representatives, Services, All Others; and Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.

Melissa O’Brien, business services manager for OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, said she was not surprised by the list of Southwest Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

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“Health care, IT, and manufacturing are all industries that have seen significant growth in Southwest Ohio in the past 5 years,” O’Brien said. “Here at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, we’re working hard with local school districts and vocational schools to educate the youth and provide knowledgeable information on indemand careers.”

The site also gives the average salary for each position and rate of growth, and may be customized to illustrate which careers require what specific kind of education, and how much experience is typically required.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, said InnovateOhio has transformed the list into a new, interactive tool.

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The once-static document now allows students, workers, guidance counselors, and all other users to manipulate the data to display information most relevant to them in order to better guide educational choices.

“The updated tools at are built for Ohio students and workers who are trying to figure out what is next for their education and career,” Husted said in a release. “Ohio’s Top Jobs is a place for people who know they are ready for the next step, but need a little help understanding their options and designing a strategy for achieving their goals.”

An “in-demand job” in Ohio is defined as one that pays at least 80 percent of the state median wage $14.10 or more per hour, and has an annual growth in the number of jobs higher than the statewide average of 36 or annual job openings greater than 584.

The In-Demand Jobs List is created using predictive data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections from JobsOhio, job posting trends, and survey responses submitted by Ohio businesses.

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