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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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Region There are 13 Economic Development Regions in Minnesota.
Retail Salespersons
12.26
$12.26 
Less than high school Northwest
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
19.04
$19.04 
College certificate Northwest
Registered Nurses
31.95
$31.95 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nursing Assistants
14.68
$14.68 
College certificate Northwest
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
17.02
$17.02 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Licensed Practical Nurses
20.16
$20.16 
College certificate Northwest
Teacher Assistants ------ Some college, no degree Northwest
Cashiers
11.31
$11.31 
Less than high school Northwest
Janitors and Cleaners
13.97
$13.97 
Less than high school Northwest
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
10.31
$10.31 
Less than high school Northwest
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
22.14
$22.14 
College certificate Northwest
Team Assemblers ------ High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Elementary School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
14.3
$14.3 
Less than high school Northwest
High School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
11.69
$11.69 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Farmers and Ranchers
37.48
$37.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Personal Care Aides
11.77
$11.77 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Social and Human Service Assistants
18.35
$18.35 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Maids and Housekeepers
11.64
$11.64 
Less than high school Northwest
General Office Clerks
16.01
$16.01 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
19.01
$19.01 
Some college, no degree Northwest
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
16.6
$16.6 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
19.79
$19.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
13.77
$13.77 
Less than high school Northwest
Restaurant Cooks
11.65
$11.65 
Less than high school Northwest
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
22.28
$22.28 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Home Health Aides
15.24
$15.24 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
26.65
$26.65 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Dental Assistants
22.87
$22.87 
College certificate Northwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
14.49
$14.49 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Customer Service Representatives
17.89
$17.89 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Pharmacy Technicians
16.73
$16.73 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Waiters and Waitresses
9.82
$9.82 
Less than high school Northwest
Paving Equipment Operators
17.79
$17.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Engineering Technicians
24.06
$24.06 
Associate's degree Northwest
Middle School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Mechanical Engineers
37.23
$37.23 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Accountants and Auditors
27.13
$27.13 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
9.83
$9.83 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Housekeepers and Janitors
21.31
$21.31 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
24.3
$24.3 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Maintenance and Repair Workers
19.94
$19.94 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Insurance Sales Agents
22.96
$22.96 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Computer User Support Specialists
20.24
$20.24 
Some college, no degree Northwest
Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Advertising Sales Agents
21.73
$21.73 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Tellers
14.79
$14.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
18.22
$18.22 
College certificate Northwest
Parts Salespersons
17.07
$17.07 
Less than high school Northwest
Food Preparation Workers
10.96
$10.96 
Less than high school Northwest
School Bus Drivers
15.16
$15.16 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Computer Systems Analysts
33.09
$33.09 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
11.11
$11.11 
Less than high school Northwest
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
21.99
$21.99 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
27.92
$27.92 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Loan Officers
37.89
$37.89 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives of Technical or Scientific Products
57.02
$57.02 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
28.98
$28.98 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Childcare Workers
9.86
$9.86 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Engineers
35.86
$35.86 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Logisticians
34.7
$34.7 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Wholesale and Retail Buyers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Market Research Analysts
25.31
$25.31 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
20.22
$20.22  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
19.24
$19.24 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Government Program Eligibility Interviewers
22.33
$22.33 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Sales Managers
50.65
$50.65 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Executive Secretaries
22.7
$22.7 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical and Health Services Managers
42.78
$42.78 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Bartenders
10.41
$10.41 
Less than high school Northwest
Human Resources Specialists
23.7
$23.7 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
19.6
$19.6 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
16.83
$16.83 
College certificate Northwest
Purchasing Agents ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Fast Food Cooks
10.67
$10.67  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Financial Managers
37.49
$37.49 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer and Information Systems Managers
56.17
$56.17 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
20.8
$20.8 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Elementary and High School Education Administrators ------ Master's degree Northwest
Instructional Coordinators
30.49
$30.49 
Master's degree Northwest
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
19.22
$19.22 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Industrial Production Managers
43.96
$43.96 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
21.09
$21.09 
Less than high school Northwest
Physical Therapists
40.08
$40.08 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
16.64
$16.64 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Machinists
19.89
$19.89 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical Secretaries
18.55
$18.55 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
23.74
$23.74  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
24.36
$24.36 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Pharmacists
60.21
$60.21 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Firefighters
14.56
$14.56  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 ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Bus and Truck Mechanics
21.48
$21.48 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Billing and Posting Clerks
16.07
$16.07 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Biological Technicians
24.69
$24.69  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Applications Software Developers
37.35
$37.35 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
21.29
$21.29 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Emergency Management Directors
40.06
$40.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Psychiatric Technicians
18.39
$18.39  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Receptionists and Information Clerks
14.22
$14.22 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Food Counter Attendants
11.24
$11.24 
Less than high school Northwest
Systems Software Developers
43.26
$43.26 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Credit Counselors
22.75
$22.75  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Compliance Officers
39.71
$39.71 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Operations Research Analysts
37.78
$37.78 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Training and Development Specialists
23.84
$23.84 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Construction Laborers
17.71
$17.71 
Less than high school Northwest
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
26.25
$26.25 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Farm Animal Caretakers
12.82
$12.82  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
30.27
$30.27 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Correctional Officers and Jailers
22.64
$22.64 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Police Officers
37.58
$37.58 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
33.9
$33.9 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Order Clerks
18.19
$18.19 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
21.69
$21.69 
Master's degree Northwest
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
11.65
$11.65 
Less than high school Northwest
Marketing Managers
36.76
$36.76 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
14.91
$14.91  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Religious Activities Directors
23.53
$23.53  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Operators
18.8
$18.8  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
32.94
$32.94 
College certificate Northwest
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
21.55
$21.55 
College certificate Northwest
Management Analysts
32.12
$32.12 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Real Estate Appraisers and Assessors
23.87
$23.87 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
23.47
$23.47 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
20.26
$20.26 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bill and Account Collectors
18.02
$18.02  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
26.93
$26.93 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Cost Estimators
21.91
$21.91 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Human Resources Managers
47.65
$47.65 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
9.85
$9.85 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Purchasing Managers
45.76
$45.76 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Interviewers
14.74
$14.74 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Financial Analysts
24.28
$24.28 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Health Care Social Workers
25.45
$25.45 
Master's degree Northwest
Butchers and Meat Cutters
16.7
$16.7 
Less than high school Northwest
Dispensing Opticians
17.32
$17.32 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Respiratory Therapists
26.85
$26.85 
Associate's degree Northwest
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers
24.57
$24.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Veterinarians
41.95
$41.95  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
23.56
$23.56 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Sales Engineers
34.28
$34.28 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
23.17
$23.17 
Associate's degree Northwest
High School Career and Technical Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Medical Laboratory Technologists ------ Bachelor's degree Northwest
Radiologic Technologists
27.96
$27.96 
Associate's degree Northwest
Mechanical Drafters
23.11
$23.11 
Associate's degree Northwest
Electricians
28.03
$28.03 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Surgical Technologists
21.27
$21.27 
College certificate Northwest
Mental Health Counselors ------ Master's degree Northwest
Database Administrators
30.35
$30.35 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Woodworking Machine Operators
16.07
$16.07  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Tool and Die Makers
24.08
$24.08 
College certificate Northwest
Health Educators
23.61
$23.61 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
38.42
$38.42 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
19.54
$19.54 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Bakers
14.27
$14.27 
Less than high school Northwest
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
17.15
$17.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Occupational Therapists
32.33
$32.33 
Master's degree Northwest
Graphic Designers
19.07
$19.07 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer Network Architects
80.36
$80.36 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Environmental Engineers
39.68
$39.68  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Fundraisers
27.83
$27.83  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Dentists
87.57
$87.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
35.05
$35.05 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Millwrights
22.9
$22.9  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
32.79
$32.79 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Speech-Language Pathologists
29.03
$29.03 
Master's degree Northwest
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers ------ High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Architectural and Engineering Managers
65.05
$65.05  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Electrical and Electronics Repairers of Commerical and Industrial Equipment
30.68
$30.68  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Nurse Anesthetists
87.18
$87.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Computer Programmers
41.62
$41.62 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
13.19
$13.19 
Less than high school Northwest
Bailiffs
13.13
$13.13 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
25.79
$25.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Chiropractors
33.91
$33.91  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
College Education Administrators
42.55
$42.55  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Family and General Practitioners
96.57
$96.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Mail Clerks
12.92
$12.92 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Preschool Education Administrators
22.12
$22.12 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Medical Assistants
17.22
$17.22 
College certificate Northwest
Physician Assistants
56.19
$56.19 
Master's degree Northwest
Administrative Service Managers
40.76
$40.76 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Rehabilitation Counselors
15.46
$15.46 
Master's degree Northwest
Nurse Practitioners
61.59
$61.59 
Master's degree Northwest
Pharmacy Aides
12.54
$12.54  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
32.88
$32.88 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
17.29
$17.29 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Medical Equipment Preparers
20.85
$20.85  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
New Accounts Clerks
17.76
$17.76  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Residential Advisors
17.16
$17.16  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Real Estate Agents
20.9
$20.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Internists
93.4
$93.4 
Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Metal Pourers and Casters
17.41
$17.41  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Training and Development Managers
51.79
$51.79 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Veterinary Assistants
13.9
$13.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Electrical Engineers
43.88
$43.88  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Computer Network Support Specialists
23.7
$23.7 
Associate's degree Northwest
Environmental Scientists
33.37
$33.37  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators
19.53
$19.53  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Physical Therapist Assistants
22.83
$22.83 
Associate's degree Northwest
Information Security Analysts
39.09
$39.09 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Gas Plant Operators
32.27
$32.27  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Financial Examiners
40.05
$40.05  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Materials Engineers
46.35
$46.35  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
31.55
$31.55 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Driver/Sales Workers
11.64
$11.64 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
19.17
$19.17 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Marriage and Family Therapists
23.15
$23.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Northwest
Surgeons ------ Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
31.61
$31.61 
Associate's degree Northwest
Prepress Technicians and Workers
23.44
$23.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Northwest
Hand Grinding and Polishing Workers
15.26
$15.26  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Northwest
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators
18.13
$18.13  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
17.17
$17.17  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Molders, Shapers, and Casters
18.53
$18.53  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
17.02
$17.02 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Obstetricians and Gynecologists ------ Doctoral or professional degree Northwest
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
11.36
$11.36 
College certificate Northwest
Phlebotomists
13.71
$13.71 
College certificate Northwest
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
31.23
$31.23  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Chemists
38.23
$38.23  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Forest and Conservation Workers
21.04
$21.04  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
42.25
$42.25 
Bachelor's degree Northwest
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
32.42
$32.42  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree Northwest
Recreation Workers
13.68
$13.68 
High school diploma or equivalent Northwest
 
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