BY TOM BUSSELBERG
BOUNTIFUL - Registered nurses and heavy truck and trailer truck drivers are among job categories expected to see robust demand through 2020.
That's according to information from the "Local Insights" report released by the Department of Workforce Services. It highlights jobs expected to see the most growth in the next six or seven years.
Other jobs expected to see high demand include general and operations managers, elementary school teachers, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, and sales representatives.
Regional Economist Tyson Smith further noted that the highest paying jobs are family and general practitioners, pharmacists, architectural and engineering managers and computer and information systems managers.
Also, CEOs, dentists, and lawyers made the list.
Fastest growing job categories including brick masons and block masons, hazardous materials removal workers, physician assistants, market research analysts and marketing specialists. Also on that list are residential advisers, plasterers and stucco masons, medical secretaries, physical therapists and construction-related helpers.
In terms of the overall economy and job growth, Smith said more than 2,000 jobs were added in the April-June, 2013 quarter, pushing the total to nearly 111,000 positions.
Service-providing employment in the private sector grew at a robust 2.8 percent, while government jobs shrank 1.1 percent, almost all in the federal sector, he said.
Joblessness fell to 4.3 percent last October, but down nearly a full percentage point from a year earlier.
The numbers of people filing claims for unemployment also fell slightly, Smith said.
Reflecting the improving job numbers, spending rose 5.1 percent in the April-June, 2013 period, significantly above the state average of 3.1 percent.
That translated to spending of about $51.7 million higher than the previous year.
County sales tax collections also saw a boost, increasing to $11.7 million at the end of 2013, up from $11.3 million at year's end 2012, said Steve Rawlings, Davis County Clerk/Auditor.
It's projected to reach $12 million by the end of 2014, in contrast to a low of $9.9 million during the recession year of 2009, he said.
To view the report online, visit jobs.utah.gov/wi/topjobs/.