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Occupations in Demand

Which jobs are in demand?

Learn more about job availability and wages for careers in your region. The following careers are currently in demand in various regions across the state. The regions represented are the 6 planning areas in Minnesota as defined by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Short-term demand is defined as the combination of recently reported vacancies and relatively low unemployment levels.

Sort the table by clicking on the column header. Use the dropdown box to change the region. Get more information by clicking an occupation title or wage.

268 occupations found

Occupation Title Wage Need help? Median wage means the point at which half of all workers in the occupation earn less and half earn more. New employees are usually in the "earn less" half.
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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
22.73
$22.73  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Woodworking Machine Operators
21.19
$21.19  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
32.26
$32.26  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
31.10
$31.10  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
23.67
$23.67  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
25.19
$25.19  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
23.88
$23.88  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
18.97
$18.97  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Production Helpers
18.65
$18.65  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Driver/Sales Workers
14.24
$14.24  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
22.39
$22.39  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Lifeguards and Ski Patrollers
14.01
$14.01  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Fast Food Cooks
13.61
$13.61  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
18.99
$18.99  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Restaurant Cooks
18.19
$18.19  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Food Preparation Workers
15.67
$15.67  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Bartenders
13.07
$13.07  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Waiters and Waitresses
11.71
$11.71  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
15.55
$15.55  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants
14.28
$14.28  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Dishwashers
14.38
$14.38  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses
14.76
$14.76  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Janitors and Cleaners
17.87
$17.87  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Maids and Housekeepers
16.79
$16.79  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
18.91
$18.91  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Amusement and Recreation Attendants
14.00
$14.00  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Cashiers
14.41
$14.41  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Counter and Rental Clerks
17.87
$17.87  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Parts Salespersons
18.65
$18.65  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Retail Salespersons
15.63
$15.63  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Agricultural Equipment Operators
21.19
$21.19  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Farmworkers and Laborers
17.70
$17.70   Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
five stars High School or less Northwest
Farm Animal Caretakers
17.02
$17.02  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
31.00
$31.00  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Construction Laborers
23.97
$23.97  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Construction and Maintenance Painters
25.49
$25.49  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Bakers
17.78
$17.78  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Butchers and Meat Cutters
19.27
$19.27  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters
18.17
$18.17  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
18.61
$18.61  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
15.98
$15.98  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Sewing Machine Operators
17.90
$17.90  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
16.38
$16.38  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
22.33
$22.33  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Vehicle Cleaners
17.72
$17.72  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
19.91
$19.91  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
16.75
$16.75  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Garbage and Recyclable Material Collectors
23.75
$23.75  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
23.64
$23.64  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Psychiatric Technicians
18.75
$18.75  
three stars High School or less Northwest
 
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