Locations for Top Occupations

Top Occupations and their Locations

In an earlier blog, I created a composite ‘desirability’ index for 2026 occupations, based on their rankings for growth, number employed, and salary. In this blog,

I use the location quotient to identify the top states and top metropolitan areas for the five top occupations (on the desirability index). The five top occupations are as follows:

Occupation Title Occupation Code % Growth (2016-2026) Rank Occupational Openings (2016-2026) Rank Salary Rank Desirability
Index
OJT
Personal financial advisors 13-2052 53 93 22 1 Long-term
Construction managers 11-9021 90 76 23 2 Moderate-term
Physicians and surgeons, all other 29-1069 63 134 6 3 Internship/residency
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 47-2152 48 48 114 4 Apprenticeship
Healthcare social workers 21-1022 26 102 95 5 Internship/residency

Understanding Location Quotients

A location quotient indicates employee concentrations (for a particular occupation), in a state or metropolitan area, relative to the nation as a whole. For example, a location quotient of “1” indicates that the concentration is the same, while a location quotient of “2” indicates that the concentration is twice as much. High location quotients also indicate relatively high concentrations of the industries that support those occupations.

States for Top Occupations

This section shows the states with the highest location quotients (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for the five top occupations.

Personal Financial Advisors

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for personal financial advisors.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New York 28,000 3.04 2.16 $79.86 $166,100
Connecticut 4,790 2.89 2.05 $65.92 $137,120
Massachusetts 7,350 2.08 1.48 $52.58 $109,370
Illinois 10,650 1.80 1.27 $58.54 $121,750
Missouri 4,980 1.79 1.27 $43.13 $89,710

Construction Managers

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for construction managers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Alaska 1,060 3.33 1.80 $58.10 $120,840
Nevada 3,950 3.01 1.63 $43.30 $90,050
Oregon 5,490 3.00 1.62 $46.39 $96,490
Hawaii 1,800 2.84 1.54 $49.62 $103,210
Colorado 7,190 2.81 1.52 $46.59 $96,910

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for physicians and surgeons, all other.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New York 46,080 5.00 2.01 $86.08 $179,040
Rhode Island 2,220 4.67 1.87 $107.20 $222,980
West Virginia 2,820 4.09 1.64 $115.21 $239,630
Massachusetts 14,370 4.07 1.63 $96.04 $199,760
Maryland 10,550 3.96 1.59 $93.06 $193,570

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Louisiana 10,850 5.70 1.90 $25.45 $52,930
North Dakota 1,760 4.23 1.41 $24.01 $49,950
Oklahoma 6,600 4.19 1.40 $23.36 $48,600
Montana 1,890 4.11 1.37 $30.70 $63,860
Nebraska 3,900 4.02 1.34 $25.42 $52,880

Healthcare Social Workers

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for healthcare social workers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Massachusetts 11,540 3.27 2.78 $27.62 $57,440
Missouri 5,350 1.92 1.63 $21.93 $45,620
Ohio 9,810 1.83 1.55 $26.04 $54,170
Indiana 5,260 1.74 1.48 $24.04 $50,000
Maryland 4,370 1.64 1.39 $27.96 $58,150

Metropolitan Areas for Five Top Occupations

This section shows the metropolitan areas with the highest location quotients (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for the five top occupations.

Personal Financial Advisors

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for personal financial advisors.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 2,720 6.55 4.65 $67.64 $140,690
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 640 4.87 3.46 $45.59 $94,820
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,510 4.04 2.87 $80.80 $168,060
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 440 3.86 2.74 $65.51 $136,260
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 25,670 3.84 2.72 $82.42 $171,430
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,890 3.43 2.44 $55.24 $114,900
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 6,260 3.40 2.42 $52.15 $108,480
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 440 3.10 2.20 $78.84 $163,980
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 3,180 3.08 2.19 $53.82 $111,950
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 900 3.01 2.14 $85.89 $178,650

Construction Managers

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for construction managers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Fairbanks, AK 160 4.46 2.41 $49.86 $103,720
Homosassa Springs, FL 140 4.39 2.38 $36.84 $76,620
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 620 4.37 2.36 $47.30 $98,380
Bend-Redmond, OR 330 4.21 2.28 $38.15 $79,360
Greeley, CO 400 4.07 2.20 $53.97 $112,250
Salem, OR 670 4.06 2.20 $42.09 $87,540
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 180 3.96 2.14 $49.17 $102,280
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,000 3.88 2.10 $35.42 $73,670
The Villages, FL 100 3.86 2.09 $42.54 $88,490
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 650 3.85 2.08 $35.45 $73,730

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for physicians and surgeons, all other.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Charlottesville, VA 1,220 10.94 4.39 $51.93 $108,010
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 5,070 8.68 3.48 $85.69 $178,230
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 630 6.64 2.66 $133.45 $277,570
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 4,870 6.63 2.66 $58.97 $122,670
Janesville-Beloit, WI 410 6.42 2.57 $125.15 $260,310
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 8,060 6.18 2.48 $93.62 $194,720
Flint, MI 850 6.15 2.47 $112.34 $233,680
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 300 5.90 2.37 $128.42 $267,110
Gainesville, GA 490 5.80 2.33 $130.33 $271,100
Johnson City, TN 450 5.79 2.32 $120.21 $250,040

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lake Charles, LA 2,100 18.75 6.24 $28.86 $60,030
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 980 11.33 3.77 $28.59 $59,460
Odessa, TX 640 9.37 3.12 $20.21 $42,030
Baton Rouge, LA 3,570 9.12 3.03 $26.80 $55,740
Midland, MI 300 8.69 2.89 $25.06 $52,120
Kokomo, IN 340 8.62 2.87 $34.11 $70,950
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 430 7.93 2.64 $26.19 $54,480
Homosassa Springs, FL 250 7.78 2.59 $19.73 $41,030
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 1,140 7.59 2.53 $23.94 $49,790
Ocean City, NJ 290 7.39 2.46 $33.99 $70,700

Healthcare Social Workers

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for healthcare social workers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New Bedford, MA 1,160 17.66 15.01 $30.15 $62,710
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 600 7.34 6.24 $27.66 $57,540
Pittsfield, MA 240 6.03 5.12 $27.34 $56,860
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 230 5.38 4.57 $22.89 $47,610
Leominster-Gardner, MA 240 4.79 4.07 $22.59 $46,990
Springfield, MA-CT 1,530 4.67 3.97 $25.90 $53,870
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 270 4.54 3.86 $24.27 $50,490
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 410 4.29 3.65 $26.55 $55,230
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 300 3.76 3.20 $24.94 $51,870
Fort Wayne, IN 800 3.74 3.17 $19.16 $39,850

Training Providers for Five Top Occupations

To find a training provider for the occupation and location you are interested in, go to the OJT Providers section on OJT.com, and enter the occupation and location in the search fields. Note: The search function on OJT.com is targeted for completion in late August or early September 2018.

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