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Diversity and Jobs in Oklahoma

Updated on February 1, 2017
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An Oklahoma Sunset.
An Oklahoma Sunset. | Source

Oklahoma Jobs

Oklahoma is the home of dozens of Native North American nations and smaller groups that have began successful businesses, Three of these companies appear on the list of organizations that have the largest numbers in their employee populations every year. In addition, these companies hire many non-indigenous people as well as individuals from their own tribal groups.

The service industries benefit from Native North American involvement, because dozens of tribal casino resorts bring in sizeable revenues across the state. The related jobs include all that accompany hotels and casinos, as well as event planners and convention personnel. WinStar Resort-Casino of the Chickasaw Nation is near Texas and the largest casino in the world as of 2013, having over 519,000 square feet of floor space.

The state is also successful in supporting women-owned and other minority-owned businesses, making Oklahoma a good place to live and work for diverse people.

 Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas
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Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Reservation

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area, State Highway 177, Sulphur, OK 73086, USA
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Jobs Increasing From 2012 - 2022

From 2009 to mid-2013, the number of job listings found in the state doubled to 88,000 vacancies and further increased through 2016 with the following job titles in highest demand:

  1. Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  2. IT Engineers: Project Engineers, Project Managers
  3. Process Engineers
  4. Seismic Engineers
  5. Manufacturing Engineers
  6. Truck Owner-Operators
  7. Truck Driver Trainees
  8. Assistant Managers
  9. Tire Maintenance Technicians and related jobs
  10. Automotive Technicians
  11. RNs - Registered Nurses
  12. Physical Therapists
  13. Patient Services Representatives
  14. Medical Assistants and Physician Assistants
  15. Salespeople

Top 5 Cities for Jobs

Oklahoma Top 5 Cities

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A markerOklahoma City -
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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B markerTulsa -
Tulsa, OK, USA
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C markerNorman -
Norman, OK, USA
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D markerEdmund -
Edmond, OK, USA
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E markerLawton -
Lawton, OK, USA
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Local bison herd.
Local bison herd. | Source

High-Growth Jobs

Fastest Growing Jobs In Oklahoma

The fastest growing occupational titles in Oklahoma, predicted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and state agencies through the year 2022 include:

  1. Personal Care Aides and Home Health Aides: These are predicted to increase by about 70% or more and 18,000 more jobs during the 10 years from 2012 - 2022. Certified home health aides are becoming more and more in demand as the population ages.
  2. Veterinary Techs
  3. Marriage and Family Therapists
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  5. Event Planners
  6. Construction Helpers
  7. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  8. Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
  9. Respiratory Therapists
  10. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  11. Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
  12. Mental Health Counselors
  13. Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
  14. Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
  15. Veterinarians (increase of over 35% expected)

Largest Employers in the State

It is interesting that three Native North American companies are on the list of largest employers in the state, maintaining the largest employee pools and adding new jobs.

  1. State of Oklahoma: State government jobs.
  2. Wal-Mart: Sales, managers, and crew.
  3. Tinker Air Force Base
  4. US Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill
  5. US Postal Service
  6. University of Oklahoma, including Medical Center & Healthcare Oklahoma
  7. Oklahoma State University
  8. American Airlines
  9. St. Francis Hospitals
  10. Tulsa Public Schools
  11. Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  12. Chickasaw Enterprises
  13. Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  14. Oklahoma City Schools
  15. City of Oklahoma City
  16. AT&T - Telecommunications and technology.
  17. City of Tulsa
  18. YUM!Brands - Fast food and casual dining.
  19. TIE: Braum's/Lowes Hardware and Home Centers
  20. Altus Air Force Base

Oklahoma Native American Business Enterprise Center

Dozens of Native North American Nations live, work, and operate business in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Native American Business Enterprise Center is an online resource center that connects the larger Cherokee Nation with companies and individuals that want to do business with the City of Tulsa and State of Oklahoma.

Job Advertisements Doubled from 2009 - 2013 and 2013 - 2014

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101,000 jobs July 201488,000 jobs vacancies are listed for June 2013 on aggregate of and, which spider all USA jobs found on the Internet.
101,000 jobs July 2014
101,000 jobs July 2014 | Source
88,000 jobs vacancies are listed for June 2013 on aggregate of and, which spider all USA jobs found on the Internet.
88,000 jobs vacancies are listed for June 2013 on aggregate of and, which spider all USA jobs found on the Internet. | Source

2012 - 2022: New and Emerging High Demand Jobs

Hot jobs remain in high demand since 2010, but new additions to the list include:

  1. Truck Drivers and Owner-Operators with CDL- Class A License
  2. Assistant Managers
  3. Pizza Hut Managers and Crew
  4. Maintenance Technicians
  5. Occupational Therapists and Assistants

Job Links For Oklahoma

Hundreds of thousands of employees are working in the areas of Healthcare and Information Technology in Oklahoma; and more such workers are needed. In fact, several of these occupations are increasing at a rate of over 50% per decade.

With a large number of training programs, community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, the state of Oklahoma offers many opportunities for interested individuals to prepare for rewarding careers in these industries.

Popular Job links:

Sky bridge in Oklahoma City.
Sky bridge in Oklahoma City. | Source

Local Sports Organizations

College and High School

  • Central Oklahoma Broncos
  • Northeastern Oklahoma St Redmen
  • Oklahoma Sooners
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs
  • Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association

League Sports Teams

  • Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL)
  • Oklahoma Redhawks (PCBL)
  • Tulsa Crude (USHL)
  • Tulsa Oilers (CHL)

Professional Teams

  • Oklahoma Wranglers (AFL): Oklahoma City

What are Sooners?

Sooners appeared six months after the Land Run of 1889 when settlers entered the Oklahoma District before the federal government opened it to them. The Sooner Schooner, a wagon train wagon, is the mascot of the sports team named for them.

Historic Oklahoma Sooners.
Historic Oklahoma Sooners. | Source

Higher Education System

Higher Education in Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma State University: Okmulgee
  • Oklahoma State University: Tulsa
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences: Tulsa
  • Oklahoma State University: Oklahoma City

Rose rocks found in Oklahoma
Rose rocks found in Oklahoma | Source

Bible Colleges of Oklahoma

Bible Colleges in Oklahoma

  • Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City
  • RHEMA BIBLE COLLEGE: Broken Arrow, OK - Home of Kenneth Hagin Ministries

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