The industries projected to have the most job openings in WNY

Looking for a new job? Consider these industries.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Attention job seekers and employment trainers: 

Invest Buffalo Niagara has identified seven industries projected to have the largest number of job openings in the next few years.

The industries are advanced business services, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, cleantech, life sciences, logistics and tourism.

The regional development and marketing agency teamed up with the University at Buffalo Regional Institute to compile data about Western New York's workforce development.

Below is a breakdown of the industries, the jobs you can find within them, and what skills and certifications you need to excel in those positions. The data is provided by Invest Buffalo Niagara's 2017 Labor Market Assessment.

1. Advanced Business Services:

What it is: Advanced Business Services encapsulates a variety of jobs, including customer service reps, administrative assistants, software developers, and accountants

How many projected jobs: 1,850+ annually

Average Salary Range: $35,879 - $84,565

Specialized Skills Required: mathematics, negotiation, systems analysis & evaluation, clerical knowledge, computers & electronics knowledge 

Top projected ABS job openings in Western New York through 2022: Customer service representatives, supervisors of office & administrative support workers, accountants and auditors

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Customer Service and Sales Certification, Bank Teller Certificate, Professional Collection Specialist, Certified Records Manager, Certified Professional Public Adjusters, Certified Public Accountant

2. Advanced Manufacturing

What it is: Advanced Manufacturing describes skilled trades that use new technology to improve processes or products.

How many projected jobs: 1,100 annually

Average salary range: $35,680 - $78,528

Specialized skills required: production & processing, quality control analysis, mechanical, mathematics, engineering & technology

Top projected Advanced Manufacturing job openings in Western New York through 2022: Team assemblers, machinists, inspectors, sorters, mechanical engineers, welders, cutters, solderers, & brazers

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Certified Quality Inspector, Certified Welder, Certified Machinist, Service Plumber Certification, Certified Production Technician

3. Agribusiness

What it is: Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production

How many projected jobs: 230 annually

Average salary range: $32,552 - $76,709

Specialized skills required: production & processing, coordination, mechanical, public safety & security, operations monitoring

Top projected Agribusiness job openings in Western New York through 2022: Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, farm workers, laborers, industrial machinery mechanics, food batchmakers, stock clerks & order fillers

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Pesticide Applicator/Technical Certification, Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety Credential, ServSafe Food Handler Certificate, Certified in Production and Inventory Management

4. Cleantech

What it is: products or processes that reduce negative environmental impacts

How many projected jobs: 1,675 annually

Average salary range: $36,772 - $80,161

Specialized skills required: troubleshooting, engineering & technology, design, mathematics, operations monitoring, quality control analysis

Top projected Cleantech job openings in Western New York through 2022: Customer service representatives, carpenters, tellers, mechanical engineers, stock clerks & order fillers, welders, cutters, solderers, stock & material movers

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Customer Service Certification Program, HVAC Ready-to-Work Certification, Certified Industrial Carpenter, LEED AP Building Operations and Maintenance

5. Life Sciences

What it is: Sciences that involve the study of living organisms 

How many projected jobs: 250 annually

Average salary range: $35,211 - $82,080

Specialized skills required: operation monitoring, quality control analysis, mechanical, computers & electronics, mathematics

Top projected Life Sciences job openings in Western New York through 2022: Team assemblers, mechanical engineers, managers, customer service representatives, medical scientists, machinists, inspectors

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Certified Customer Experience Professional, Certified Weighing Technician, Certified Management Professional, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Clinical Research Professional

6. Logistics

What it is: developing and implementing efficient processes and practices for complex organizations

How many projected jobs: 930 annually

Average salary range: $38,922 - $90,112

Specialized skills required: negotiation, complex problem solving, transportation, time management, administration & management

Top projected Logistics job openings in Western New York through 2022: Stock clerks & order fillers, laborers, stock & material movers, sales representatives, customer service representatives, truck drivers, accountants & auditors

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: Certified in Production and Inventory Management Association for Operations Management, Certified Sales Professional, Certified Export Specialist, Commercial Driver's License, Medium-Heavy Truck Technician Certification, Supply Chain Professional Certification

7. Tourism

What it is: efforts to grow and sustain the region's tourism

How many projected jobs: 3,300 annually

Average salary range: $22,197 - $69,659

Specialized skills required: coordination, service orientation, sales & marketing, customer & personal service, social perceptiveness

Top projected Advanced Manufacturing job openings in Western New York through 2022: Waiters & waitresses, combined food preparation, counter attendants, cooks, bartenders, dishwashers, supervisors, operations managers, head chefs

Credentials to gain a competitive edge: ServSafe Food Handler Certificate, Certified Guest Services Professional, ServSafe Alcohol Certification, Certified Culinarian, Foodservice Management Professional Credential, Certified Hotel Administrator

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