US Job Market

The US job market has a healthy future for any immigrants wishing to find work in America.Whilst the labor market is  constantly in a state of flux, the outlook for the next ten years looks extremely good according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total employment is expected to increase by 2018 at a rate of just over 10% (15.3 million), which is larger than the labor growth in the period from 1997 to 2007. The Bureau also predicts that the US labor market will be made up of older people with a greater ethnic mix. A third of all occupations will require a post secondary degree or equivalent qualification and the number of US job vacancies resulting from people retiring or leaving the workplace.

US Growth Occupations

Some occupations continue to grow and offer much in the way of job opportunities to immigrants who want to work in the USA. Jobs in the caring professions like nursing as well as customer service have been growing for several years now and the US bureau of labor statistics predicts that this will continue for many years to come. The occupations with the greatest growth rates are not limited to those where educational qualifications are essential. Some of the growth jobs like those for health aids and sales representatives require no more than on the job training and experience.

The following occupations are set to be those with the greatest growth levels over the next decade:

Medical and Caring Professions

Registered nurses, Home health aides, Personal and home care aides, Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants, Medical assistants, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, Physicians and surgeons, Child care workers

Office Based Jobs

Customer service representatives, Retail salespersons, General Office clerks, Executive secretaries and administrative assistants, Management analysts, Receptionists and information clerks, First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

Food Industry

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food, waiters and waitresses


Accountants and auditors, Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks


Post secondary teachers, Elementary school teachers, except special education, Teacher assistants

Laboring and Manual Work

Construction laborers, Landscaping and grounds keeping workers, Carpenters, Maintenance and repair workers, general, Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer, Security guards


Computer software engineers, applications, Network systems and data communications analysts

The states with the most employment possibilities are California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey with Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Delaware, and Massachusetts following closely behind. Average salaries in the states with the most work range from $84,000 per annum in California to $60,000 in Florida. The US national average for salaries is $45,000 per year.

The top 10 cities with the most job opportunities are Stamford, Wilmington, New York, Newark, Patterson, Philadelphia, Allentown, Hartford, Washington and Baltimore.