Top 20 In Demand Occupations

1 Software Developers, Applications
2 Software Developers, Systems Software
3 Civil Engineers
4 Managers, All Other
5 Veterinarians
6 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
7 Environmental Scientists & Specialists...
8 General & Operations Managers
9 Aerospace Engineers
10 Information Security Analysts
11 Nurse Practitioners
12 Computer Systems Analysts
13 Business Operations Specialists, All Other
14 Architects, Except Landscape & Naval
15 Environmental Engineers
16 Respiratory Therapists
17 Architectural & Engineering Managers
18 Computer User Support Specialists
19 Medical & Health Services Managers
20 Physician Assistants

As competition for highly skilled workers heats up across the country, the importance of identifying workforce needs is greater than ever. In 2017, the LVGEA released a Workforce Blueprint to highlight in-demand occupations across seven target industries. The research document's supply and demand analysis was updated in the 2019 Workforce Blueprint. Given the COVID-19's impact on Southern Nevada's economy, the 2022 Workforce Blueprint investigates how recent economic shifts impacted the region's workforce. The document identifies where demand has shifted at the occupational level and any gaps between workforce demand and supply.

The 2022 Workforce Blueprint is designed to be an innovative, data-driven roadmap to help build the workforce employers need in Southern Nevada. The Blueprint is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Identify Southern Nevada’s current and future workforce needs
  • Identify education and training capacity to meet workforce needs along with corresponding gaps and/or surpluses
  • Publish a Top 100 list of in-demand occupations
  • Identify how economic shifts due to the global pandemic had affected the regional workforce since the Workforce Blueprint 2.0 was published in 2019
  • Create a Workforce Report Card with annual workforce performance indicators to monitor progress
  • Provide a series of stakeholder recommendations for regional leaders to implement
  • Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to drive positive economic change

The 2022 Workforce Blueprint was created in collaboration with Workforce Connections, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Vegas Chamber, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Urban Chamber of Commerce, and Latin Chamber of Commerce.

In Demand Occupations: Demand vs. Supply

The final step in determining how existing postsecondary programs correlate to forecasted demand involved allocating graduates, by degree program, across each occupation to determine an annual "workforce pipeline." This illustrates where gaps - large and small - may exist relative to ongoing employment needs.

Some occupations identified through this demand ranking process are more general in nature, and thus do not offer close alignment to specific programs. In such instances, graduates were not included for these occupations - these occupations are noted with a blank space in the 'gap/surplus' column in the table below.

Additionally, there are significant alternative training programs throughout the region that contribute heavily to the workforce pipeline for some occupations. Because verifiable graduate or computer data for these programs are not readily available, the pipeline inputs for these occupations is represented by an asterisk in the table below.

RankingHigh Demand OccupationUp/Down from 2019Annual Openings w/ Forecasted DemandAnnual PipelineForecasted Workforce Gap/Surplus
1Software Developers, ApplicationsEqual46263-399
2Software Developers, Systems SoftwareUp10117-84
3Civil EngineersUp17538-137
4Managers, All OthersDown1,126*
5VeterinariansUp45 *
6Electronics Engineers, Except ComputerUp6711-56
7Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including HealthUp457-38
8General & Operations ManagersDown1,635321-1314
9 Aerospace EngineersUp350-35
10 Information Security AnalystsUp5621-35
11 Nurse PractitionersUp4729-18
12 Computer Systems AnalystUp1531-152
13 Business Operations Specialists, All OtherDown585 *
14 Architects, Except Landscape & NavalUp4821-27
15 Environmental EngineersUp348-26
16Respiratory TherapistsDown9867-31
17 Architectural & Engineering ManagersDown530-53
18 Computer User Support SpecialistsDown317127-190
19 Medical & Health Services ManagerUp240137-103
20 Physician AssistantsUp3620-16
21 Computer Occupations, All OtherUp217123-94
22 Registered NursesDown1588639-949
23 Computer & Information Systems ManagersUp16247-115
24Financial ManagersDown562125-437
25Medical Scientists, Except EpidemiologistsUp18224
26 Occupational Health & Safety SpecialistsUp485-43
27 Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including HealthUp550-55
28 Construction ManagersDown57642-534
29 Electrical EngineersDown4414-30
31Trans., Storage & Distribution ManagersUp9214-78
32Compliance OfficersDown155*
33Computer Network Support SpecialistsUp16017111
34Physical TherapistUp10241-61
35Mechanical EngineersUp3426-8
36Veterinary Technologists & TechniciansUp670-67
37Engineers, All OthersDown35449
38Computer & Information Research ScientistsUp30-3
39Airline Pilots, Copilots & Flight EngineersUp190*
40Operations Research AnalystsUp19*
41Sales EngineersUp8*
43Physicians & Surgeons, All OtherUp9510611
44Market Research Analysts & Marketing SpecialistsDown395105-290
45Management AnalystsDown43035-395
46Health & Safety Engineers, Except Mining SafetyUp14*
47Occupational TherapistsUp6123-38
48Computer Network ArchitectsUp525-47
49Web DevelopersDown7138-33
50Speech-Language PathologistsUp7522-53

Projected Job Growth by 2028 by Target Industry

One of the primary components of the Workforce Blueprint involves establishing aspirational occupational growth targets for each of LVGEA’s target industry clusters, which then informs specific growth targets at the occupational level.

Each aspirational growth factor used in determining these projections leverages DETR’s 10-year forecast as a benchmark for growth. Growth factors were selected in close coordination with LVGEA senior staff, based on known data and current economic trends. These factors realign long-term occupational demand captured in the pre-pandemic forecast around the current economic growth outlook for the coming years.

The resulting growth factors are presented in the form of scaling factors for the 10-year DETR growth rate from the reference forecast along with 2019 actual employment, which provides the most recent benchmark prior to the pandemic-related distortions of 2020 and 2021. These data focus exclusively on the region’s target industries and jobs linked to one or multiple target industries.

Target Industry2019 EmploymentDETR 2028 Employment ForecastAspirational Growth Factor2028 Aspirational Employment Target
General & Advanced Manufacturing25,58327,0961.232,515
Creative Industries15,53218,0201.119,822
Information & Communication Technologies26,40632,7371.136,010
Transportation & Logistics Technologies33,59938,9611.350,649
Business & Financial Services139,641170,1891.1187,208
Healthcare Services80,79496,4921.096,492
Clean Technologies21,30425,7191.128,291

Workforce Report Card

This report card contains performance indicators across three distinct categories with clear connectivity to workforce development: K-12 education, postsecondary education, and talent and training. Initial data points for each indicator provide a clear foundation upon which the community can track and measure performance toward workforce development goals, both in quantity and quality.

The report card should be updated regularly by LVGEA and its partners, with progress and movement across indicators used as a basis for implementing or funding new programs, adjusting curricula, or other actions that help ensure a high-quality workforce that meets the continued and growing needs of the regional economy.

Indicates changes compared to previous year's performance.


AP Participation 19,112
CTE Participation 72,704
High School Graduates (Public Schools) 21,342
College-Ready Graduates (Public Schools) 28.3%

AP Test Passage: 46.59% Southern Nevada | 56% National


ACT Scores: 17.24 Southern Nevada | 20.7 National


Talent and Training

Completed Apprenticeships 868
Employed Females 55.8%
Employed Foreign-Born Residents 65.5%
Employment by Target Industry 37.4%

Average Wages (Associate Degree or Less) $27.03 Southern Nevada | $21.51 National


Net Migration: +39,377 Nevada | +9,279 National


Postsecondary Education

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) 11,660
Certificate Completers 1,473
Associate Graduates 3,496
Bachelor's Graduates 4,968
Recent Graduates Employed in Nevada 73.7%

Associate Degree-Holding Population: 8.5% Southern Nevada | 8.6% National


Bachelor's+ Degree-Holding Population: 25.6% Southern Nevada | 33.1% National



The methodology used for this analysis deviated slightly from prior Workforce Blueprints to reflect the changing contexts and economic landscape and to incorporate different data not previously available.

The purpose and outcome of the analysis, though, remains the same: to develop a ranking of the high-demand occupations for the Southern Nevada region that can help inform the work of economic and workforce development organizations, and to identify needs for reinforcing, refining, or expanding training and educational programs that can proactively meet industry and economic needs.


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