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10 Fastest Growing Jobs for Hispanics and Latin Americans

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Hispanics and Latin Americans have experienced some of the highest unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic of any race and ethnic group for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports data.

In the second quarter of 2020, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos was 16.7%, the highest unemployment rate in that period compared to White, Black and Asian Americans. More recently, in the second quarter of 2021, the Hispanic and Latino unemployment rate was 7.2% – 2.1 and 1.6 percentage points higher than the white and Asian unemployment rates, respectively, and 2 percentage points lower than the rate. of black unemployment.

Despite recent high unemployment, total Hispanic and Latino employment grew by approximately 3% between 2016 and 2020, and some occupations experienced much larger spikes in employment from this demographic. In this study, we look at the fastest growing jobs for Hispanics and Latin Americans. We use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to rank four-year percentage growth by occupation from 2016 to 2020. To learn more about our data or how we assembled our findings, read our Data and Methodology section below.

This is SmartAsset’s second study of 2021 on Hispanics and Latinos. Check out our study on where Hispanics and Latin Americans do better economically here.

1. Messengers and messengers

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From 2016 to 2020, Hispanic and Latino employment as couriers and messengers more than tripled. The four-year percentage increase was 205%. This increase even outpaced the solid overall growth in occupancy (155%). As a result, Hispanics and Latin Americans made up a higher percentage of couriers and couriers in 2020 than in 2016. In 2016, 19.3% of couriers and couriers were Hispanic and Latino, but 2020 BLS data showed that 23 , 1% of the messengers and messengers were Hispanic and Latino.

2. Pest control workers

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In 2020, there were about 23,100 more Hispanic and Latino pest control workers in the US than in 2016, 200% more. This outpaced the overall growth in occupation by approximately 158 percentage points: between 2016 and 2020, the overall increase in employment in occupation was only 42%.

3. Criminal detectives and investigators

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In 2016, less than 8% of criminal detectives and investigators in the US were Hispanic and Latino. However, according to 2020 BLS data, that figure recently stood at 17%. During that four-year period, the number of Hispanic and Latino criminal detectives and investigators increased by 174%.

4. Information security analysts

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Over the past four years, the number of Hispanic information security analysts grew by 173%. This exceeds the overall growth in occupancy by approximately 119 percentage points. Between 2016 and 2020, the overall increase in employment in the occupation was 54%.

5. Insurance underwriters

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As noted above, total insurance underwriter employment decreased from 2016 to 2020 by approximately 2%. With the decline in total employment and the increase in Hispanic and Latino employment, the proportion of Hispanic and Latino insurance underwriters experienced a large increase, from 4.9% to 11.9%.

6. Detectives and private investigators

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From 2016 to 2020, the number of Hispanic and Latino private detectives and investigators increased from approximately 6,300 to approximately 14,600. This net increase of 8,300 Hispanic and Latino detectives and private investigators represents a percentage change of 132% in four years.

7. Firefighters

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Hispanics and Latin Americans are increasingly joining the firefighting occupation. In 2016, there were a total of about 19,400 Hispanic and Latino firefighters in the U.S. By 2020, that number was about 126% higher, about 24,500.

8. Public relations specialists (tie)

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The public relations specialist occupation is pegged to the nurse as the eighth fastest growing job for Hispanics and Latin Americans. From 2016 to 2020, the number of Hispanics and Latin Americans working as public relations specialists increased by approximately 10,900. This represents a 123% percentage increase in four years in the employment of Hispanic and Latino public relations specialists.

8. Nurse Practitioners (tie)

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In our recent study, we found that the nurse practitioner occupation is one of the the most promising jobs for employment and pay. Although the percentage of Hispanics and Latin Americans who work as nurses is relatively low, it is increasing. From 2016 to 2020, the percentage of Hispanics and Latin Americans who worked as nurse practitioners relative to all nurse practitioners increased from 3.5% to 6.3%. Overall, the employment of Hispanics and Latinos as nurse practitioners increased by 123%.

10. Logistics

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The occupation of logistics specialists, individuals who analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain, completes our list of the 10 fastest growing jobs for Hispanics and Latin Americans. The number of Hispanic and Latino logistics companies increased by approximately 16,500 from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 2020 data showed that approximately 1 in 5 US logistics companies were Hispanic and Latino.

information and methodology

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To find the fastest growing jobs for Hispanics and Latin Americans, SmartAsset examined employment data for 2016 and 2020. We filtered out any occupation that employed fewer than 5,000 Hispanics and Latin Americans in 2016. We also filtered out any occupation with “other” or “Miscellaneous ”In the title due to the lack of occupational specificity. To rank occupations, we analyzed the four-year percentage change in Hispanics and Latin Americans employed in each occupation between 2016 and 2020.

All data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data for both years are annual averages. Therefore, approximately nine months of the 2020 data reflects changes in employment affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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