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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 13 economic development regions 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.

234 occupations found

Occupation Title Wage 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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 Sort ascending Current demand indicator shows how occupations compare in terms of possible openings in order from high to low.
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Region There are 13 Economic Development Regions in Minnesota.
Retail Salespersons
11.58
$11.58 
Less than high school Northwest
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
18.8
$18.8 
College certificate Northwest
Registered Nurses
30.1
$30.1 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nursing Assistants
13.44
$13.44 
College certificate Northwest
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
16.14
$16.14 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Licensed Practical Nurses
19.71
$19.71 
College certificate Northwest
Teacher Assistants ------ Some college, no degree Northwest
Cashiers
9.84
$9.84 
Less than high school Northwest
Janitors and Cleaners
14.39
$14.39 
Less than high school Northwest
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
9.83
$9.83 
Less than high school Northwest
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
19.16
$19.16 
College certificate Northwest
Team Assemblers
16.42
$16.42 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Elementary School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
14.53
$14.53 
Less than high school Northwest
High School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
11.84
$11.84 
Less than high school Northwest
Farmers and Ranchers
36.69
$36.69  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Personal Care Aides
11.69
$11.69 
Less than high school Northwest
Social and Human Service Assistants
19.48
$19.48 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Maids and Housekeepers
10.04
$10.04 
Less than high school Northwest
General Office Clerks
15.45
$15.45 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
19.4
$19.4 
Some college, no degree Northwest
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
16.28
$16.28 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
17.7
$17.7 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
12.9
$12.9 
Less than high school Northwest
Restaurant Cooks
12.75
$12.75 
Less than high school Northwest
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
26.68
$26.68 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Home Health Aides
13.13
$13.13 
Less than high school Northwest
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
25.85
$25.85 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Dental Assistants
23.62
$23.62 
College certificate Northwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
15.16
$15.16 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Customer Service Representatives
17.34
$17.34 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Pharmacy Technicians
17.61
$17.61 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Waiters and Waitresses
9.58
$9.58 
Less than high school Northwest
Paving Equipment Operators
17.01
$17.01 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Engineering Technicians
22.97
$22.97 
Associate's degree Northwest
Middle School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Mechanical Engineers
38.26
$38.26  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Accountants and Auditors
27.34
$27.34 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
10.74
$10.74  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Housekeepers and Janitors
18.49
$18.49 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
24.27
$24.27 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Maintenance and Repair Workers
18.31
$18.31 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Insurance Sales Agents
21.99
$21.99 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Computer User Support Specialists
19.55
$19.55 
Some college, no degree Northwest
Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products
30.56
$30.56  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Advertising Sales Agents
22.46
$22.46 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Tellers
14.59
$14.59 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
15.11
$15.11 
College certificate Northwest
Parts Salespersons
16.72
$16.72 
Less than high school Northwest
Food Preparation Workers
10.24
$10.24 
Less than high school Northwest
School Bus Drivers
16.36
$16.36 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Computer Systems Analysts
33.44
$33.44 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
12.52
$12.52 
Less than high school Northwest
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
25.46
$25.46 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
27.63
$27.63 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Loan Officers
37.36
$37.36 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives of Technical or Scientific Products
54.39
$54.39 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
28.28
$28.28 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Childcare Workers
9.68
$9.68 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Engineers
41.76
$41.76  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Logisticians
34.02
$34.02 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Wholesale and Retail Buyers
28.98
$28.98  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Market Research Analysts
25.09
$25.09 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
20.86
$20.86  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
18.28
$18.28 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Government Program Eligibility Interviewers
21.71
$21.71 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Sales Managers
43.42
$43.42 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Executive Secretaries
21.21
$21.21 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical and Health Services Managers
39.76
$39.76 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Bartenders
9.78
$9.78 
Less than high school Northwest
Human Resources Specialists
22.14
$22.14 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
18.71
$18.71 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
17.53
$17.53 
College certificate Northwest
Purchasing Agents
29.19
$29.19 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Fast Food Cooks
9.71
$9.71  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Financial Managers
37.5
$37.5 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer and Information Systems Managers
54.62
$54.62 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
22.48
$22.48 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Elementary and High School Education Administrators ------ Master's degree Northwest
Instructional Coordinators
31.5
$31.5 
Master's degree Northwest
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
16.87
$16.87 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Production Managers
40.89
$40.89 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
18.83
$18.83 
Less than high school Northwest
Physical Therapists
38.8
$38.8 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
15.95
$15.95 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Machinists
23.07
$23.07 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical Secretaries
17.98
$17.98 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
22.41
$22.41  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
24.26
$24.26 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Pharmacists
66.94
$66.94 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Firefighters
14.49
$14.49  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
High School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
22.43
$22.43  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Bus and Truck Mechanics
20.99
$20.99 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Billing and Posting Clerks
17.23
$17.23 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Biological Technicians
23.82
$23.82  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Applications Software Developers
36.94
$36.94 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
17.65
$17.65 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Emergency Management Directors
38.79
$38.79  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Psychiatric Technicians
17.24
$17.24  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Receptionists and Information Clerks
13.57
$13.57 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Food Counter Attendants
9.72
$9.72  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Systems Software Developers
50.06
$50.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Credit Counselors
21.98
$21.98  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Compliance Officers
35.97
$35.97 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Operations Research Analysts
38.98
$38.98  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Training and Development Specialists
23.92
$23.92 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Construction Laborers
17.1
$17.1 
Less than high school Northwest
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
22.18
$22.18 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Farm Animal Caretakers
12.06
$12.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
29.81
$29.81 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Correctional Officers and Jailers
21.36
$21.36 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Police Officers
36.32
$36.32 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
25.21
$25.21 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Order Clerks
17.65
$17.65 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
24.28
$24.28 
Master's degree Northwest
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
11.25
$11.25 
Less than high school Northwest
Marketing Managers
42.39
$42.39 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
14.78
$14.78  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Religious Activities Directors
22.34
$22.34  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Operators
21.66
$21.66 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
34.58
$34.58 
College certificate Northwest
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
21.21
$21.21 
College certificate Northwest
Management Analysts
33
$33 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Real Estate Appraisers and Assessors
23.39
$23.39 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
26
$26 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
19.89
$19.89 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bill and Account Collectors
17.44
$17.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
27.34
$27.34 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Cost Estimators
19.95
$19.95 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Human Resources Managers
40.92
$40.92 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
9.56
$9.56 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Purchasing Managers
45.68
$45.68 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Interviewers
14.74
$14.74 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Financial Analysts
23.39
$23.39 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Health Care Social Workers
25.44
$25.44 
Master's degree Northwest
Butchers and Meat Cutters
15.84
$15.84 
Less than high school Northwest
Dispensing Opticians
15.97
$15.97 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Respiratory Therapists
25.09
$25.09 
Associate's degree Northwest
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers
23.25
$23.25  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Veterinarians
40.15
$40.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
11.51
$11.51 
Less than high school Northwest
Loan Interviewers and Clerks
23.72
$23.72 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Sales Engineers
34.25
$34.25 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
28.9
$28.9 
Associate's degree Northwest
High School Career and Technical Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Medical Laboratory Technologists
27.19
$27.19 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Radiologic Technologists
27.22
$27.22 
Associate's degree Northwest
Mechanical Drafters
21.43
$21.43 
Associate's degree Northwest
Electricians
26.63
$26.63 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Surgical Technologists
21.89
$21.89 
College certificate Northwest
Mental Health Counselors
21.95
$21.95 
Master's degree Northwest
Database Administrators
43.95
$43.95  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Woodworking Machine Operators
15.44
$15.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Tool and Die Makers
25.96
$25.96 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Health Educators
22.75
$22.75 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
28.7
$28.7 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
19.41
$19.41 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bakers
14.72
$14.72 
Less than high school Northwest
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
17.03
$17.03  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Occupational Therapists
34.55
$34.55 
Master's degree Northwest
Graphic Designers
17.53
$17.53 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer Network Architects
49.3
$49.3  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Environmental Engineers
35.54
$35.54  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Fundraisers
24.11
$24.11 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Dentists
68.05
$68.05 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
35.33
$35.33 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Millwrights
22.49
$22.49  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Middle School Career and Technical Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Credit Analysts
36.83
$36.83  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Speech-Language Pathologists
28.77
$28.77 
Master's degree Northwest
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
26
$26 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Architectural and Engineering Managers
64.76
$64.76  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Electrical and Electronics Repairers of Commerical and Industrial Equipment
29.72
$29.72  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Nurse Anesthetists
87.33
$87.33  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Computer Programmers
33.98
$33.98 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
11.45
$11.45 
Less than high school Northwest
Bailiffs
12.51
$12.51 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
23.61
$23.61 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Chiropractors
32.85
$32.85  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
College Education Administrators
40.77
$40.77  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Family and General Practitioners
91.72
$91.72  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Mail Clerks
14.38
$14.38  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Preschool Education Administrators
21.65
$21.65 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Medical Assistants
16.37
$16.37 
College certificate Northwest
Physician Assistants
55.92
$55.92 
Master's degree Northwest
Administrative Service Managers
38.53
$38.53 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Rehabilitation Counselors
16.83
$16.83  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Nurse Practitioners
64.17
$64.17 
Master's degree Northwest
Pharmacy Aides
11.89
$11.89  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
32.62
$32.62 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
16.95
$16.95 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical Equipment Preparers
15.89
$15.89 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
New Accounts Clerks
17.13
$17.13  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Residential Advisors
16.86
$16.86  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Real Estate Agents
18.65
$18.65  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Internists
95.61
$95.61 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Metal Pourers and Casters
18.46
$18.46  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Training and Development Managers
51.16
$51.16  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Veterinary Assistants
14.49
$14.49  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Electrical Engineers
43.74
$43.74  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer Network Support Specialists
28.77
$28.77 
Associate's degree Northwest
Environmental Scientists
26.45
$26.45 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators
21.37
$21.37  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Physical Therapist Assistants
21.07
$21.07 
Associate's degree Northwest
Information Security Analysts
42.59
$42.59  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Gas Plant Operators
30.96
$30.96  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Financial Examiners
41.48
$41.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Materials Engineers
48.11
$48.11  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Athletic Trainers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Social and Community Service Managers
30.18
$30.18 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Driver/Sales Workers
11.77
$11.77 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
18.66
$18.66  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Marriage and Family Therapists
22.31
$22.31  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Surgeons ------ Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
31.78
$31.78 
Associate's degree Northwest
Prepress Technicians and Workers
21.98
$21.98  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Hand Grinding and Polishing Workers
15.39
$15.39  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators
17.8
$17.8  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
17.02
$17.02  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Molders, Shapers, and Casters
17.85
$17.85 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
15.62
$15.62 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Obstetricians and Gynecologists ------ Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
13.67
$13.67 
College certificate Northwest
Phlebotomists
14.25
$14.25 
College certificate Northwest
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
30.36
$30.36  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Chemists
32.17
$32.17 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Forest and Conservation Workers
13.2
$13.2 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
41.75
$41.75 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
32.18
$32.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree Northwest
Recreation Workers
13.38
$13.38 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
 
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