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Top 30 Minnesota Job Vacancies

The following table shows the top 30 job titles with the most vacancies in Minnesota during Fall 2017.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Retail Salesperson
8,278
9.8%
$11.97
Personal Care Aides
6,640
9.8%
$11.55
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
3,251
4.9%
$10.53
Nursing Assistants
2,918
9.4%
$14.00
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving
2,649
17.6%
$13.40
Cooks, Restaurant
2,562
10.0%
$11.82
Registered Nurses
2,480
4.0%
$30.23
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
2,376
6.9%
$18.05
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
2,125
9.8%
$15.43
Pharmacy Technicians
1,770
23.0%
$12.44
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,571
9.2%
$19.56
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
1,568
10.3%
$13.96
Carpenters
1,402
9.6%
$19.77
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
1,297
8.8%
$10.96
Food Counter Attendants
1,239
8.2%
$10.98
Home Health Aides
1,126
4.5%
$13.46
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
1,122
17.1%
$13.91
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
1,119
7.3%
$11.78
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
1,115
10.4%
$15.35
Food Preparation Workers
1,108
12.5%
$11.60
Machinists
1,101
8.6%
$19.85
Teacher Assistants
959
3.0%
$15.12
Social and Human Service Assistants
891
6.4%
$12.92
School Bus Driver
774
4.9%
$15.07
Security Guards
750
6.8%
$12.99
Recreation Workers
724
9.0%
$10.80
Applications Software Developers
678
4.6%
$29.44
Childcare Workers
649
6.4%
$11.98
Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses
619
9.5%
$9.90
Industrial Engineers
612
7.1%
$33.65

*The top 30 job vacancies listed above only includes occupations that can lead to a career that may require some level of education, certification or experience. As well, occupations with median hourly wages lower than $10.00 were omitted. To see a complete listing of vacancies visit the latest Job Vacancy Survey.
** The job vacancy rate is the number of job vacancies expressed as a percent of the total number of existing jobs.
*** The median is the point at which 50 percent of workers make less and 50 percent make more (as reported by employers).

Job Quality

When comparing occupations, you should also take into account job quality. Some aspects to consider include:

  • Low wage occupations, such as retail sales person, are more likely to be affected by high turnover. This is part of the reason why they have so many openings.
  • Hiring in many occupations is seasonal. Retail establishments, for example, tend to hire more, often temporary, workers during the fall.  Those temporary positions are represented in these numbers.  Hiring for other positions, like teacher assistant, tends to be higher during the summer months and most teacher assistants work a school calendar and are off during the summer.
  • Work status: Some occupations offer mostly part-time or temporary work. Some professions, like acting and musicians, are available mostly as freelance or temporary work on specific projects or events. Companies that hire these professions rarely hire new employees for long-term, permanent positions. Other occupations, like personal care aides and retail sales clerks offer primarily part-time hours.
  • If job security is important to you, look at industries or occupations where permanent, full-time work is most common.

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.