Top Occupational Openings 2005-2007
is projected to have more than 200,000 job openings from 2005 to 2007.
Job openings are classified as "Growth" or
"Replacement."* The 20 occupations with the most projected
total openings statewide include four food preparation and serving
occupations, four office and administrative occupations, and three
Cashiers are projected to have the most openings from 2005 to 2007, though all the openings are projected to be replacements. Registered Nurses, on the other hand, have more openings due to growth than replacements, indicating strong future demand for this occupation in the state.
Kansas City is projected to have 38,000 openings by 2007, St. Louis 76,000.
*Job openings There are two sources of estimated openings. The first, openings due to growth, are the numeric change in jobs expected over the projections period. A second and equally important source of openings are net replacement openings. These openings occur when workers leave the labor force or change occupations. Workers leave the labor force for many reasons including retirement, death or disability, quitting a job to stay home or go to school. Workers also leave occupations after being promoted, changing careers after completing their education or after gaining work experience.