Target Industries & Occupations

Target Industries & Occupations

Virginia Blue Ridge is a diverse region with various industries represented in the regional economy. Over the next ten years, specific industries have been identified as target and emerging industries for the region:

              Industry Cluster

    Total Jobs


    Total Jobs


    Projected Annual
    Job Growth
    Existing Target Industries
    Health Care and Social Assistance 27,607 28596 0.3%
    Manufacturing 17,362 16,469 -0.5%
    Transportation and Warehousing 9,338 8,778 0.5%
    Educational Services 11,946 11,609 0.2%
    Construction 10,632 10,675 -0.3%
    Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 8,251 8,289 0.5%
    Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 2,502 3,079 2%
    Emerging Target Industries
    Accommodation and Food Services 13,434 12,767 1.3%
    Information Technology 4,956 4,450 0.9%

    Within those industries, there are occupations that are projected to be in higher demand over the course of the next decade. Learn more about these occupations below, including local businesses in need of qualified employees, click on any of the occupation names to access our local fact sheet. To learn more about the target industries and additional occupations that are predicted to grow in the next decade, click on any of the industry names.

    Target Industries
    Healthcare & Social Assistance Manufacturing Transportation & Warehousing Educational Services Construction  Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation 
    Team Assemblers Heavy and
    Truck Drivers
    Elementary School Teachers Laborers Software Developers Exercise Trainers & Group Fitness Instructors
    First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers Laborers Teaching Assistants Carpenters Lawyers Amusement Attendants
    Personal Care Aides Paper Goods Machine Operators Light Truck Drivers Secondary School Teachers Electricians Accountants Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers
    Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses Laborers Postal Service Mail Carriers Substitute Teachers First Line Supervisors of Workers Management Analysts Waiters & Waitresses
    Medical Assistants Woodworking Machine Operators Passenger Vehicle Drivers Middle School Teachers Plumbers & Pipefitters Paralegals & Legal Assistants Coaches & Scouts
    Home Health Aides Inspectors & Testers Industrial Truck & Tractor Operations Janitors & Cleaners Operating Engineers Computer Systems Analysts Receptionists & Information Clerks
    Receptionists & Information Clerks Electrical Assemblers First Line Supervisors of Workers Passenger Vehicle Drivers HVAC Mechanics & Installers Personal Service Managers Recreation Workers
    Medical Secretaries & Administrative Assistants Industrial Machinery Mechanics Stockers & Order Fillers Secretaries & Administrative Assistants Construction Managers Computer User Support Specialists Musicians & Singers
    Substance Abuse, Behavioral, & Mental Health Counselors Machinists Bus, Truck, & Diesel Engine Specialists Education Administrators Office Clerks Office Clerks Writers & Authors
    Childcare Workers Sales Representatives Dispatchers Office Clerks Painters & Maintenance Bookkeeping & Accounting Childcare Workers
    Emerging Industries
    Accommodation & Food Services  Information Technology 
    Fast Food and Counter Workers Software Developers 
    Waiters & Waitresses Electrical Assemblers 
    Restaurant Cooks  Computer User Support Specialists 
    First Line Supervisors of Production and Service Workers  Computer Systems Analysts 
    Fast Food Cooks  General & Operations Managers 
    Cashiers  Sales Representatives 
    Food Preparation Workers  Management Analysts 
    Hosts & Hostesses  Computer & Information Systems Managers 
    Maids & Housekeeping  Information Security Analysts 
    Dishwashers  Software Quality Analysts & Testers 

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