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
    (2016)
    Projected
    Jobs Change
    (2016-2021)
    Projected
    Job Growth
    (2016-2021)
    Existing Target Industries
    Healthcare 21,364 2,280 11%
    Manufacturing 17,960 (720) (4%)
    Construction 11,933 343 3%
    Transportation & Warehousing 7,261 296 4%
    Financial Services 717 720 0%
    Emerging Target Industries
    Food & Beverage Manufacturing 1,214 37 3%
    Life Sciences 17,968 1,875 10%
    Information Technology 4,424 268 6%

    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 Manufacturing Construction Transportation &
    Warehousing
    Financial Services
    Registered
    Nurses
    Team Assemblers Electricians Heavy and
    Tractor-Trailer
    Truck Drivers
    Financial
    Managers
    Nursing
    Assistants
    Food
    Batchmakers
    Construction
    Managers
    Bus Drivers,
    School or Special
    Client
    Customer Service
    Representatives
    Licensed
    Practical Nurses
    Welders, Cutters,
    Solderers, &
    Brazers
    Electrician Helpers Dispatchers First-Line
    Supervisors of
    Non-Retail
    Workers
    Mental Health Social Workers Industrial Machinery Mechanics Operating Engineers Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers Tellers
    Medical and Health Services Managers Carpenters Office Clerks Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Financial Managers
    Receptionists and Information Clerks Machinists Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers First-Line Supervisors, Transportation Operators Construction and Building Inspectors
    Psychiatric Aides Woodworking Machine Operators Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers Bus and Truck Mechanics, Diesel Engine Specialists Loan Interviewers and Clerks
    Medical Assistants Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers Reservation and Ticket Agents Chief Executives
    Medical Secretaries Sales Representatives Cost Estimators Flight Attendants Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
    Dental Assistants First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers General and Operations Managers Office Clerks Sales Representatives
    Emerging Industries
    Food & Beverage
    Manufacturing
    Life Sciences Information
    Technology
    Food
    Batchmakers
    Insurance Claims
    and Policy
    Processing Clerks
    Software
    Developers,
    Applications
    Demonstrators
    and Product
    Promoters
    Customer Service
    Representatives
    Computer User
    Support
    Specialists
    Packaging and
    Filling Machine
    Operators
    Registered
    Nurses
    Computer Systems
    Analysts
    Sales Representatives Claims Adjusters and Examiners Software Developers, Systems Software
    First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers Team Assemblers Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    Manufacturing Managers Management Analysts Sales Representatives
    Industrial Machinery Mechanics Software Developers, Applications Computer Information Systems Managers
    Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Business Operations Specialists Database Administrators
    Driver/Sales Workers Computer Systems Analysts Market Research Analysts
    Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Customer Service Representatives

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