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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 Spring 2018.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Personal Care Aides
6,671
9.3%
$12.22
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
3,921
18.5%
$14.92
Restaurant Cooks
3,505
12.4%
$11.99
Janitors and Cleaners
2,924
6.4%
$12.93
Supervisors of Food Prep and Serving Workers
2,884
19.4%
$13.69
Registered Nurses
2,666
4.1%
$28.45
Nursing Assistants
2,450
7.8%
$13.78
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
2,260
6.4%
$19.95
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,969
11.7%
$19.54
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
1,901
5.5%
$12.40
Teacher Assistants
1,688
5.1%
$13.98
School Bus Drivers
1,203
7.9%
$15.97
Social and Human Service Assistants
1,200
8.0%
$15.72
Childcare Workers
1,189
10.3%
$12.45
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
1,167
2.9%
$14.35
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
1,157
12.0%
$12.11
Customer Service Representatives
1,082
1.9%
$15.29
Home Health Aides
1,065
4.3%
$12.05
Driver/Sales Workers
941
9.4%
$13.69
Construction Laborers
 933
7.7%
$13.92
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
907
2.7%
$20.78
Carpenters
901
5.6%
$16.86
Applications Software Developers
898
5.2%
$36.77
Elementary School Teachers
879
3.6%
$25.79
Tellers
852
10.3%
$14.33
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
844
2.8%
$14.03
Security Guards
819
7.2%
$12.31
High School Teachers
800
3.9%
$26.69
Food Service Managers
797
22.5%
$20.57
Electricians
789
7.3%
$19.27

* 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 have high turnover. This is part of the reason why there are so many vacancies in low wage occupations.
  • 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 teachers and teacher assistants, tends to be higher during the summer months.
  • 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.