Construction jobs have been growing quickly in metro Atlanta. Postings for construction jobs grew by 70% between 2014 and 2018. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Georgia’s fastest growing job fields

Jobs in health care and social assistance have steadily grown in recent years, making up the largest sector of Georgia’s economy, according to an analysis by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

In 2018, the last year for which full numbers were available, 17% of all job postings in the state were in that category.

The second most jobs were in retail trade, at 9%. Workers in professional, scientific and technical fields were in third-most demand, at 8% of job postings. Manufacturing jobs came in at 7%.

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All those cranes on the Atlanta skyline and the sound of hammers in the suburbs mark the field with the fastest-growing demand: construction. Job postings for those trades grew by 70% between 2014 and 2018.

Education services was second, growing by 63%.

The number of jobs advertised in the state also reflect the growing economy. There were 803,212 jobs posted in 2014 and 1,031,530 posted in 2018. That was a growth of 28%.

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