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Agriculture and agribusiness have long been the foundational pillars of the Arkansas and the state continues to be a leading provider of agriculture products. In 2013, reports from the United States Department of Agriculture revealed the state was the nation's leading supplier of rice, number three for poultry, number five for cotton and number 10 for soybeans.

However, the state has slowly diversified its economy, becoming a major player in areas such as manufacturing, transportation and trade, tourism and hospitality, business services and more.

Industry

% of Employee Distribution

Trade, Transportation, Utilities

21%

Government

16%

Education & Health Services

15%

Manufacturing

14%

Professional and Business Services

11%

Leisure and Hospitality

9%

Source: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, 2012

The state's economy continues to trend upwards as reflected by the state's 6.3 percent unemployment rate and other economic indicators (such as personal income and GDP) continue to improve, according to data from Walton College's Center for Business and Economic Research.

As the state's economy slowly recovers from the recession, more emphasis continues to be placed on workforce development and career training.

Top industries and employers in Arkansas

Arkansas' business climate has attracted 11 Fortune 500 companies to the state and several of them, including Wal-Mart Stores, Tyson Foods and Dillard's, Inc. have headquarters in Arkansas. Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the state, employing nearly 50,000 individuals in 2013.

Other major employers span a spectrum of business sectors:

  • Baptist Health of Little-Rock (Health Care)
  • Arvest Bank Group (Finance)
  • O.K. Industries Inc. (Food Production)
  • Lowe's Company (Retail and Construction)
  • Arkansas State Government (Government)

According to data from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the biggest industries in the state (by total employees) include trade and transportation, government, education & health services, and manufacturing.

Industry

# Employed - 2013

Trade and Transportation

241,600

Government

215,600

Education & Health Services

171,900

Manufacturing

152,500

Business and Professional Services

128,200

Leisure and Hospitality

105,400

Financial Services

49,500

Construction

45,700

Information

14,200

Source: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Individuals pursuing vocationally focused careers should benefit from strong manufacturing industry in Arkansas. Manufacturing, particularly industrial manufacturing, has a major foothold in the state. According to the Arkansas Covered Employment & Earnings, there are nearly 3,000 industrial manufacturing establishments in the state, representing 18 various specialty areas, such as fabricated and metal product manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, food manufacturing and more.

Vocational education is available across the spectrum of employment opportunities in the state, from manufacturing to financial services, hospitality to education. Career, certificate, diploma and degree programs are available from vocational schools throughout Arkansas in areas such as information technology, machinery, automotive, travel, health care, communications, business and more.

Vocational employment in Arkansas

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the state should continue to experience employment growth in several areas (e.g. health care and manufacturing) between 2012 and 2022. Many of the occupations projected to experience the biggest employment gains are vocational-related career fields, including the following:

Occupation

% Job Growth in Arkansas, 2012-22

2013 Average State Salary

Personal Care Aides

49%

$18,270

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

47%

$35,340

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

41%

$56,390

Skincare Specialists

40%

$39,250

Physician Assistants

38%

$79,350

Home Health Aides

34%

$18,390

Occupational Therapy Assistants

33%

$53,190

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

30%

$28,770

Cooks, Restaurant

30%

$19,400

Transportation Security Screeners

30%

$36,660

Medical Secretaries

29%

$28,670

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

28%

$35,460

Physical Therapist Aides

28%

$22,290

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

28%

$34,190

Helpers -- Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

27%

$21,700

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

27%

$44,370

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook and Projections Central State Data for Arkansas, 2013

Prospective students considering enrollment in a vocational or career training program should learn more about how a certificate, diploma or degree could help pave the way for new career opportunities in one of Arkansas growing industry areas.

Sources:

Walton College's Center for Business and Economic Research, Arkansas Economy Data,
http://cber.uark.edu/Arkansas-Data.asp

Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas USA 2014,
http://www.arkansasedc.com/sites/default/files/Arkansas%20Profile_0_0.pdf

Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Largest Employers, 2012


http://www.arkansasedc.com/sites/default/files/media/Arkansas%20Largest%20Employers%202012.pdf

ArkansasBusiness.com, Top Employers in Arkansas Keep Steady Payroll of Workers,
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/91957/top-employers-in-arkansas-keep-steady-payroll-of-workers?page=all

Arkansas Economic Development Commission,
http://www.arkansasedc.com/node/83/#ind-data-reports

Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Major Employers by County,
http://aedc.host.swbeta.net/data-center/employment-occupational-info

Vocational Schools in Arkansas
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Rogers: 903 North 47th Street Suite 104 Rogers, AR 72756

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