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These are Oklahoma’s top critical occupations. This list identifies occupations that are in high demand and are projected to have positive future growth. Several of these occupations support Oklahoma’s Ecosystems, commonly known as Industry Clusters, showing the broader impact each job had on the demand for the Oklahoma economy. Learn more about the Critical Occupations methodology here.

Download the 2020-2022 Top Critical Occupations List

SOCDescription2019 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2019 - 2025)Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level EducationTypical On-The-Job TrainingCertificate available for HS or Less.Ecosystems
53-3032Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers30,28132,7322,451$20.01Postsecondary nanodegree awardShort-term on-the-job trainingAgriculture and Bioscience, Energy, and Transport and Distribution
29-1141Registered Nurses30,44832,0391,591$29.69Bachelor's degreeNone
11-1021General and Operations Managers27,40529,1951,790$39.32Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense, Agriculture and Bioscience, Energy, Information and Finance Services, and Transport and Distribution
49-9071Maintenance and Repair Workers, General17,70418,7931,089$15.57High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYAgriculture and Bioscience, and Energy
13-2011Accountants and Auditors15,75817,0461,288$31.43Bachelor's degreeNoneEnergy, Information and Finance Services, and Transport and Distribution
47-1011First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers11,64512,6791,033$29.08High school diploma or equivalentNoneYEnergy
51-4121Welders, Cutters, Soldiers, and Braziers10,83011,662832$19.99High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
43-6013Medical Secretaries10,25810,994736$14.89High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
41-3021Insurance Sales Agents10,12710,887760$22.28High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYInformation and Finance Services
41-3099Sales Representatives, Services, All Other10,04210,528487$21.69High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYAgriculture and Bioscience and Transport and Distribution
31-9092Medical Assistants8,8409,775935$14.52Postsecondary nanodegree awardNone
33-3051Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers8,6309,311681$20.71High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
47-2111Electricians7,7648,493729$23.21High school diploma or equivalentApprenticeshipY
23-1011Lawyers8,2778,437160$42.13Doctoral or professional degreeNone
47-2152Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters7,5468,357811$22.89High school diploma or equivalentApprenticeshipY
11-9199Managers, All Other7,6208,312692$27.39Bachelor's degreeNoneYTransport and Distribution
47-2073Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators6,9287,776848$18.59High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYEnergy
49-1011First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers7,3337,699367$31.41High school diploma or equivalentNoneYAgriculture and Bioscience
15-1151Computer User Support Specialists7,3437,691348$21.17Some college, no degreeNoneYAgriculture and Bioscience
13-1071Human Resources Specialists7,2727,611339$24.45Bachelor's degreeNoneTransport and Distribution
11-3031Financial Managers6,7177,465748$46.17Bachelor's degreeNone
11-9111Medical and Health Services Managers6,7407,191451$37.86Bachelor's degreeNone
11-3011Administrative Services Managers6,8417,074233$39.40Bachelor's degreeNone
13-1111Management Analysts6,3017,055753$36.28Bachelor's degreeNoneInformation and Finance Services and Transport and Distribution
43-5061Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks6,5436,891347$22.89High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingAerospace and Defense
21-1021Child, Family, and School Social Workers6,4556,716262$16.89Bachelor's degreeNone
41-9022Real Estate Sales Agents6,3726,609237$19.51High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
13-1161Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5,3606,088727$25.73Bachelor's degreeNoneInformation and Finance Services and Transport and Distribution
51-4041Machinists5,4295,896467$20.66High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingYAerospace and Defense and Energy
49-3011Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians5,6135,870257$28.59Postsecondary nanodegree awardNoneAerospace and Defense
49-9041Industrial Machinery Mechanics4,9965,630634$24.71High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingYEnergy
15-1132Software Developers, Applications4,8015,613812$40.68Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense, Information and Finance Services, and Transport and Distribution
53-1048First-line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors5,1055,531426$24.41High school diploma or equivalentNoneTransport and Distribution
13-1151Training and Development Specialists4,8175,021203$24.97Bachelor's degreeNone
49-9021Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers4,4174,863446$19.40Postsecondary nondegree awardLong-term on-the-job training
49-9043Maintenance Workers, Machinery4,3604,638278$23.26High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingY
31-9091Dental Assistants4,1744,490316$17.40Postsecondary nondegree awardNone
49-3031Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists4,1884,464276$20.00High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingYTransport and Distribution
29-2018Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians4,0784,414337$22.48Bachelor's degreeNone
43-4131Loan Interviewers and Clerks4,1784,351174$15.48High school diploma or equivalentShort-term on-the-job trainingYInformation and Finance Services
13-1081Logisticians4,0864,337250$35.14Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense
13-1041Compliance Officers4,0984,283184$26.24Bachelor's degreeModerate-term on-the-job training
21-1018Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors3,7254,245520$22.23Bachelor's degreeNone
13-2072Loan Officers3,9664,135169$29.41Bachelor's degreeModerate-term on-the-job trainingInformation and Finance Services
33-2011Firefighters3,7044,045342$20.18Postsecondary nondegree awardLong-term on-the-job training
29-2041Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics3,6273,967340$14.65Postsecondary nondegree awardNone
21-1012Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors3,8473,89952$20.43Master's degreeNone
11-3021Computer and Information Systems Managers3,5623,782219$51.85Bachelor's degreeNone
29-2071Medical Records and Health Information Technicians3,4373,616179$16.97Postsecondary nondegree awardNone
25-3097Teachers and Instructors, All Other3,3583,596239$17.50Bachelor's degreeNone
11-9141Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers3,3483,515167$30.97High school diploma or equivalentNoneY
15-1199Computer Occupations, All Other3,0913,340250$37.48Bachelor's degreeNoneAgriculture and Bioscience
51-4011Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic3,2333,339106$18.42High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYAerospace and Defense
11-9032Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School3,3153,33621$33.81Master's degreeNone
23-2011Paralegals and Legal Assistants3,0923,315223$21.82Associate's degreeNone
17-2141Mechanical Engineers2,9783,288309$40.47Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense
51-2028Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers3,1373,22689$15.24High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingAerospace and Defense and Energy
47-4051Highway Maintenance Workers3,0093,192184$15.85High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
15-1142Network and Computer Systems Administrators3,0723,175103$32.97Bachelor's degreeNone
11-2022Sales Managers2,9393,145207$43.98Bachelor's degreeNone
29-1069Physicians and Surgeons, All Other2,9133,122208$57.86Doctoral or professional degreeInternship/residency
29-1062Family and General Practitioners2,8002,88887$101.88Doctoral or professional degreeInternship/residency
51-2011Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers2,3822,816435$22.86High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYAerospace and Defense
17-2051Civil Engineers2,6492,813163$40.47Bachelor's degreeNone
49-3042Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines2,5432,787243$22.47High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingY
29-1123Physical Therapists2,5112,781269$41.50Doctoral or professional degreeNone
33-1012First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives2,5072,653147$35.25High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
29-2034Radiologic Technologists2,4862,608121$26.12Associate's degreeNone
29-2021Dental Hygienists2,3722,570198$37.08Associate's degreeNone
47-4011Construction and Building Inspectors2,3292,486157$23.44High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job training
43-5032Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance2,3072,443136$18.05High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingTransport and Distribution
43-9041Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks2,3092,34334$18.79High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYInformation and Finance Services
51-4081Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2,1622,304143$16.31High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
13-1051Cost Estimators2,0832,263180$28.97Bachelor's degreeModerate-term on-the-job training
11-9041Architectural and Engineering Managers2,0442,223179$60.08Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense
49-9051Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers2,1052,221115$26.89High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job trainingY
17-2112Industrial Engineers1,7922,178386$39.56Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense and Energy
29-1127Speech-Language Pathologists1,9052,156251$31.89Master's degreeInternship/residency
21-1022Healthcare Social Workers2,0262,128103$22.27Master's degreeInternship/residency
27-1024Graphic Designers2,0562,11155$18.23Bachelor's degreeNone
51-9121Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1,9672,084116$16.36High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job training
17-2171Petroleum Engineers1,9462,062117$62.05Bachelor's degreeNoneEnergy
11-3051Industrial Production Managers1,9162,053137$45.93Bachelor's degreeNone
51-8031Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators1,9742,04167$16.46High school diploma or equivalentLong-term on-the-job training
41-3031Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents1,9162,021107$22.10Bachelor's degreeModerate-term on-the-job trainingInformation and Finance Services
13-2082Tax Preparers1,8091,954146$19.87High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingY
29-1171Nurse Practitioners1,6801,929249$50.05Master's degreeNone
13-2051Financial Analysts1,7401,906166$30.35Bachelor's degreeNoneInformation and Finance Services
13-2052Personal Financial Advisors1,6961,830134$30.78Bachelor's degreeLong-term on-the-job trainingInformation and Finance Services
11-3121Human Resources Managers1,7241,825101$40.90Bachelor's degreeNone
31-9097Phlebotomists1,5161,799283$14.60Postsecondary nondegree awardNone
11-3071Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers1,6471,770124$34.90High school diploma or equivalentNoneY
49-9099Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other1,5721,695124$19.70High school diploma or equivalentModerate-term on-the-job trainingYAgriculture and Bioscience
29-9011Occupational Health and Safety Specialists1,5611,673112$31.31Bachelor's degreeNone
29-1071Physician Assistants1,4461,669223$49.95Master's degreeNone
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants1,4701,648178$28.95Associate's degreeNone
17-2071Electrical Engineers1,4741,638164$46.03Bachelor's degreeNoneAerospace and Defense
29-1131Veterinarians1,4491,625176$38.01Doctoral or professional degreeNone
11-2021Marketing Managers1,4691,621151$46.72Bachelor's degreeNone
15-1141Database Administrators1,5281,56536$31.84Bachelor's degreeNone
Source: EMSI 2020.3
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