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These are Oklahoma’s top critical occupations. These occupations represent the most pressing needs in each of Oklahoma’s Driver and Complementary Economic Systems necessary for the state’s continued growth and economic prosperity. Learn more about the methodology, definitions and limitations of the Critical Occupations here.

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SOCDescription2016 Jobs2025 JobsChange
(2016-2025)
Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level EducationWork Experience RequiredTypical On-The-Job TrainingCertificate available for HS or LessAnnual OpeningsTotal Openings
(2016-2025)
Source: EMSI 2017.2
29-1069Physicians and Surgeons, All Other2828309126393.87Doctoral or professionalNoneInternship/residency1201077
17-2171Petroleum Engineers3285356027556.53Bachelor'sNoneNone1251128
11-9041Architectural and Engineering Managers1979213315455.75Bachelor's5 years or moreNone73659
29-1051Pharmacists3670380913955.58Doctoral or professionalNoneNone105945
19-2042Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers100510817651.96Bachelor'sNoneNone42378
29-1071Physician Assistants1435169225749.48Master'sNoneNone65587
29-1041Optometrists62477214847.71Doctoral or professionalNoneNone42377
11-3021Computer and Information Systems Managers3143348334045.79Bachelor's5 years or moreNone74667
29-1171Nurse Practitioners1150145430442.26Master'sNoneNone64580
11-3051Industrial Production Managers2806291510941.91Bachelor's5 years or moreNone86772
17-2011Aerospace Engineers1540164210241.68Bachelor'sNoneNone31280
11-3031Financial Managers6344694259841.19Bachelor's5 years or moreNone2221997
29-1123Physical Therapists1881234646540.46Doctoral or professionalNoneNone109983
17-2071Electrical Engineers144315369339.94Bachelor'sNoneNone39347
17-2141Mechanical Engineers2805304223738.71Bachelor'sNoneNone103930
17-2081Environmental Engineers5536186538.43Bachelor'sNoneNone24217
29-1131Veterinarians87697610038.42Doctoral or professionalNoneNone26231
17-2112Industrial Engineers2426268726138.26Bachelor'sNoneNone78698
11-1021General and Operations Managers2649628938244237.95Bachelor's5 years or moreNone9738756
11-9111Medical and Health Services Managers5335572238736.44Bachelor'sLess than 5 yearsNone1901706
15-1132Software Developers, Applications4443500255936.44Bachelor'sNoneNone1201084
29-2021Dental Hygienists1779209531635.61AssociateNoneNone67604
17-2051Civil Engineers2400266826835.08Bachelor'sNoneNone106957
13-1081Logisticians2078218210434.87Bachelor'sNoneNone44395
15-1121Computer Systems Analysts3273388461134.75Bachelor'sNoneNone108970
15-1133Software Developers, Systems Software2496275926333.89Bachelor'sNoneNone56508
13-2052Personal Financial Advisors1186145426833.15Bachelor'sNoneLong-term on-the-job training62558
15-1141Database Administrators91410008632.6Bachelor'sLess than 5 yearsNone29262
13-2051Financial Analysts1602182822631.58Bachelor'sNoneNone57510
51-8093Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers1966217120531.46High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available102919
29-2032Diagnostic Medical Sonographers851101015931.28AssociateNoneNone35317
13-1111Management Analysts4697522452731.2Bachelor'sLess than 5 yearsNone1331198
29-9011Occupational Health and Safety Specialists119512717630.86Bachelor'sNoneNone35312
15-1142Network and Computer Systems Administrators2702289118930.15Bachelor'sNoneNone56503
19-2041Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health4825628029.87Bachelor'sNoneNone25228
17-3023Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians169017162629.52AssociateNoneNone46414
49-1011First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers6126659747129.27High school diploma or equivalentLess than 5 yearsNoneCertificate Available1831643
15-2031Operations Research Analysts896111121529.05Bachelor'sNoneNone39354
19-4041Geological and Petroleum Technicians128113759429AssociateNoneModerate-term on-the-job training59535
15-1122Information Security Analysts6757527728.95Bachelor'sLess than 5 yearsNone17151
17-3026Industrial Engineering Technicians8368854928.7AssociateNoneNone22200
47-1011First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers81669338117228.18High school diploma or equivalent5 years or moreNoneCertificate Available2001803
29-1141Registered Nurses2577228290251828.1AssociateNoneNone9408457
15-1152Computer Network Support Specialists195919973827.71AssociateNoneNone29263
13-2011Accountants and Auditors1526517242197727.43Bachelor'sNoneNone6585918
13-2072Loan Officers4337486252526.98Bachelor'sNoneModerate-term on-the-job training1361221
13-1051Cost Estimators1956229033426.73Bachelor'sNoneNone93840
29-2011Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists1997222222526.663Bachelor'sNoneNone78699
13-1023Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products3544366712326.52Bachelor'sNoneLong-term on-the-job training1131015
13-1022Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products1406155114525.76Bachelor'sNoneLong-term on-the-job training61553
13-2041Credit Analysts5486267825.62Bachelor'sNoneNone33295
49-9051Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers1970228831825.58High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available1211091
47-5012Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas2209237416525.55No formal educational credentialNoneModerate-term on-the-job training97871
29-1031Dietitians and Nutritionists6617448325.39Bachelor'sNoneInternship/residency15135
51-1011First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers8366872235625.31High school diploma or equivalentLess than 5 yearsNoneCertificate Available1701526
17-3022Civil Engineering Technicians620.66226185668160.33773814424.78AssociateNoneNone22202
17-3027Mechanical Engineering Technicians8258542924.71AssociateNoneNone22202
29-1126Respiratory Therapists1173127910624.65AssociateNoneNone41367
13-1151Training and Development Specialists2582278620424.58Bachelor'sLess than 5 yearsNone86776
29-2034Radiologic Technologists2221235813724AssociateNoneNone60539
47-2211Sheet Metal Workers3457367521824High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available105945
47-5011Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas134714469923.51No formal educational credentialNoneShort-term on-the-job training59527
15-1134Web Developers966114618023.39AssociateNoneNone33597
49-9041Industrial Machinery Mechanics4131502088923.03High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available2131915
47-2111Electricians67798072129322.81High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available2562307
19-3031Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists985111312822.5Doctoral or professionalNoneInternship/residency37329
49-9081Wind Turbine Service Technicians411026121.53Some college, no degreeNoneLong-term on-the-job training872
47-2152Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters59236938101520.87High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available1991794
47-5013Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining334534247920.44No formal educational credentialNoneModerate-term on-the-job training1241119
49-9021Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers3927462069320.34Postsecondary nondegree awardNoneLong-term on-the-job training1431288
49-9044Millwrights2713396820.3High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available13119
49-3042Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines1859203817920.16High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available68615
25-2031Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education111631162546219.85BachelorNoneInternship/residency3212892
19-4091Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health5916293819.58AssociateNoneNone30270
25-2022Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7094742933519.58Bachelor'sNoneInternship/residency1981779
15-1151Computer User Support Specialists7781820942819.43Some college, no degreeNoneNone1501353
25-2052Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School2178228911119.43Bachelor'sNoneInternship/residency54489
53-3032Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2347226177270519.2Postsecondary nondegree awardNoneShort-term on-the-job training7246520
47-2221Structural Iron and Steel Workers72783310618.94High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available25223
49-3021Automotive Body and Related Repairers1759199123218.93High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available69622
49-9043Maintenance Workers, Machinery2453268823518.89High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available67602
25-2021Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education164321717974718.88Bachelor'sNoneInternship/residency4544087
49-3031Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists3101353243118.75High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available105946
51-4041Machinists5813646465118.7High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available2282049
29-2061Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses113741176038618.27Postsecondary nondegree awardNoneNone3793409
19-4031Chemical Technicians4745144018.24AssociateNoneModerate-term on-the-job training19171
29-2031Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians62372310018.18AssociateNoneNone24214
51-4121Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers94461014369718.07High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available3583223
51-4011Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic2402283443217.76High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available1111002
47-2073Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators5885685096517.75High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available2151931
51-9061Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers6549688133217.64High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available1871680
47-2031Carpenters4896555565917.2High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available1331197
49-3023Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics7558803147317.01Postsecondary nondegree awardNoneShort-term on-the-job training2622358
47-2121Glaziers4424894715.81High school diploma or equivalentNoneApprenticeshipCertificate Available12108
29-2056Veterinary Technologists and Technicians906110419815.39AssociateNoneNone32289
51-8031Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators2040239735715.27High school diploma or equivalentNoneLong-term on-the-job training96865
29-2012Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians2239253329414.84AssociateNoneNone92824
29-2052Pharmacy Technicians5256569443813.68High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job trainingCertificate Available105942
51-2092Team Assemblers101231047535213.64High school diploma or equivalentNoneModerate-term on-the-job training2542284
29-2041Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics3484430582113.54Postsecondary nondegree awardNoneNone1551396
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