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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.

242 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.
Personal Care Aides
12.25
$12.25 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
21.02
$21.02 
College certificate West Central
Retail Salespersons
12.02
$12.02 
Less than high school West Central
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
10.67
$10.67 
Less than high school West Central
Home Health Aides
13.38
$13.38 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Nursing Assistants
15.74
$15.74 
College certificate West Central
Elementary School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Licensed Practical Nurses
21.1
$21.1 
College certificate West Central
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
12.31
$12.31 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Cashiers
10.04
$10.04 
Less than high school West Central
Registered Nurses
32.98
$32.98 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Teacher Assistants ------ Some college, no degree West Central
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
17.35
$17.35 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Janitors and Cleaners
13.96
$13.96 
Less than high school West Central
Farmers and Ranchers
37.48
$37.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
18.59
$18.59 
Some college, no degree West Central
High School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
17.37
$17.37 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Maids and Housekeepers
12.04
$12.04 
Less than high school West Central
School Bus Drivers
17.34
$17.34 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
19.5
$19.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
24.58
$24.58 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
17.7
$17.7 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Restaurant Cooks
12.71
$12.71 
Less than high school West Central
Bus and Truck Mechanics
19.28
$19.28 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
16.16
$16.16 
Less than high school West Central
Middle School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
18.77
$18.77 
College certificate West Central
Team Assemblers ------ High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Food Batchmakers
14.09
$14.09 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
24.28
$24.28 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Freight and Stock Laborers
14.4
$14.4 
Less than high school West Central
General Office Clerks
16.42
$16.42 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
16.03
$16.03 
Less than high school West Central
Maintenance and Repair Workers
18.93
$18.93 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Driver/Sales Workers
17.38
$17.38 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Social and Human Service Assistants
16.21
$16.21 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Food Preparation Workers
12.66
$12.66 
Less than high school West Central
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
14.62
$14.62 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
11.01
$11.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
17.5
$17.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Accountants and Auditors
28
$28 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Machinists
18.89
$18.89 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Correctional Officers and Jailers
22.85
$22.85 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
27.96
$27.96 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Elementary and High School Education Administrators ------ Master's degree West Central
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
14.86
$14.86 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Production Helpers
14.35
$14.35 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Food Counter Attendants
9.89
$9.89 
Less than high school West Central
Tellers
13.19
$13.19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Childcare Workers
10.34
$10.34 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mental Health Counselors ------ Master's degree West Central
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
12.52
$12.52 
College certificate West Central
Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
17.94
$17.94 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
22.91
$22.91 
Master's degree West Central
Physical Therapists
39.18
$39.18 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Drilling and Boring Machine Operators
16.47
$16.47  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Massage Therapists
20.29
$20.29 
College certificate West Central
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
29.36
$29.36 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Secretaries
17.35
$17.35 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Construction Laborers
16.93
$16.93 
Less than high school West Central
Pharmacy Technicians
16.71
$16.71 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer User Support Specialists
21.49
$21.49 
Some college, no degree West Central
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
15.85
$15.85 
College certificate West Central
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
22.75
$22.75 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
22.01
$22.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Recreation Workers
11.87
$11.87 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Electricians
22.3
$22.3 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
15.89
$15.89  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Security Guards
14.85
$14.85 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Physician Assistants
55.36
$55.36 
Master's degree West Central
Customer Service Representatives
15.23
$15.23 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
17.21
$17.21 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Logisticians
33.74
$33.74 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Vehicle Cleaners
13.63
$13.63 
Less than high school West Central
Waiters and Waitresses
10.31
$10.31 
Less than high school West Central
Financial Managers
42.51
$42.51 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Family and General Practitioners
87.04
$87.04 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Sales Engineers
32.01
$32.01 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
25.2
$25.2 
College certificate West Central
Human Resources Specialists
25.56
$25.56 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Industrial Engineers
36.13
$36.13 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Food Scientists
37.3
$37.3  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Firefighters
22.11
$22.11 
College certificate West Central
Personal Financial Advisors
45.87
$45.87 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Mechanical Engineers
32.8
$32.8 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Training and Development Specialists
23.72
$23.72 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
15.5
$15.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
14.46
$14.46 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Parts Salespersons
12.83
$12.83 
Less than high school West Central
Loan Officers
34.42
$34.42 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Industrial Production Managers
37.38
$37.38 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
17.68
$17.68 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Industrial Engineering Technicians
26.79
$26.79 
Associate's degree West Central
Government Program Eligibility Interviewers
23.88
$23.88  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Bartenders
10.04
$10.04 
Less than high school West Central
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
17.31
$17.31 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
17.33
$17.33 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Psychiatric Technicians
18.39
$18.39  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Dental Assistants
20.27
$20.27 
College certificate West Central
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
34.03
$34.03 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Sales Managers
41.1
$41.1 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
22.11
$22.11 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Police Officers
37.27
$37.27 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Human Resources Managers
47.16
$47.16 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Market Research Analysts
29.09
$29.09 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Billing and Posting Clerks
16.97
$16.97 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Management Analysts
30.8
$30.8 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Purchasing Agents ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Phlebotomists
15.25
$15.25 
College certificate West Central
Internists
93.4
$93.4 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Pharmacists
59.89
$59.89 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Occupational Therapists
33.96
$33.96 
Master's degree West Central
Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Workers ------ High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Applications Software Developers
41.15
$41.15 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Multiple Machine Tool Operators
17.57
$17.57 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
18.86
$18.86 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mechanical Drafters
25.31
$25.31 
Associate's degree West Central
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
35.21
$35.21 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers ------ High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mail Clerks
21.23
$21.23 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
30.6
$30.6 
Master's degree West Central
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
34.16
$34.16 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
13.4
$13.4 
Less than high school West Central
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
12.12
$12.12 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Electrical Engineers
41.61
$41.61 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Nurse Practitioners
55.51
$55.51 
Master's degree West Central
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
21.7
$21.7 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
22.27
$22.27 
College certificate West Central
Insurance Sales Agents
22.84
$22.84 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Tool and Die Makers
27.4
$27.4 
College certificate West Central
Preschool Teachers
19.21
$19.21 
Associate's degree West Central
Heat Treating Equipment Operators
17.76
$17.76 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Printing Press Operators
17.58
$17.58 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Interviewers
15.12
$15.12 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer Systems Analysts
28.87
$28.87 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Cost Estimators
26.02
$26.02 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
31.19
$31.19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Crane and Tower Operators
22.11
$22.11 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Administrative Service Managers
43.45
$43.45 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Surgical Technologists
23.69
$23.69 
College certificate West Central
Fast Food Cooks
10.67
$10.67  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Bakers
14.4
$14.4 
Less than high school West Central
Human Resources Assistants
18.21
$18.21 
Associate's degree West Central
Supervisors of Housekeepers and Janitors
16.61
$16.61 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Roofer Helpers
12.44
$12.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Dispensing Opticians
16.95
$16.95 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
College Education Administrators
38.21
$38.21 
Master's degree West Central
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
22.13
$22.13 
Less than high school West Central
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Loan Interviewers and Clerks
16.61
$16.61 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Butchers and Meat Cutters
13.7
$13.7 
Less than high school West Central
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
17.03
$17.03 
Less than high school West Central
Architectural and Engineering Managers
48.95
$48.95 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Health Care Social Workers
26.82
$26.82 
Master's degree West Central
Dentists
87.57
$87.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Residential Advisors
18.46
$18.46 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical and Health Services Managers
39.78
$39.78 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
17.5
$17.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
13.67
$13.67 
Less than high school West Central
Commercial and Industrial Designers
21.91
$21.91 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
26.17
$26.17 
Associate's degree West Central
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers ------ High school diploma or equivalent West Central
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 West Central
Order Clerks
16.37
$16.37 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Radiologic Technologists
28.28
$28.28 
Associate's degree West Central
Public Relations Specialists
24.09
$24.09 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
48.16
$48.16 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Computer and Information Systems Managers
48.98
$48.98 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Pediatricians
95.58
$95.58  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
22.95
$22.95 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
27.12
$27.12 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Fundraisers
19.41
$19.41 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Foresters
31.27
$31.27  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Veterinary Assistants
13.9
$13.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Metal Pourers and Casters
17.41
$17.41  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers
17.75
$17.75 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Procurement Clerks
18.51
$18.51 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Dental Laboratory Technicians
19.35
$19.35  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Equipment Repairers
31.11
$31.11  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Automotive Body Repairers
15.76
$15.76 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer Network Architects
48.69
$48.69 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Prepress Technicians and Workers
23.44
$23.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Compliance Officers
32.82
$32.82 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Environmental Scientists
33.34
$33.34 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Middle School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Obstetricians and Gynecologists ------ Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Physical Therapist Assistants
24.03
$24.03 
Associate's degree West Central
Computer Network Support Specialists
28.45
$28.45 
Associate's degree West Central
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
37.04
$37.04 
Associate's degree West Central
Transportation Equipment Painters
24.88
$24.88 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Rolling Machine Operators
18.33
$18.33  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Funeral Service Managers
46.78
$46.78  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
21.9
$21.9 
Associate's degree West Central
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
25.8
$25.8 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Psychiatrists ------ Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Construction Managers
38.33
$38.33 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Medical Assistants
16.59
$16.59 
College certificate West Central
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
19.64
$19.64 
Less than high school West Central
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
22.95
$22.95 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
33.49
$33.49  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Chiropractors
35.18
$35.18 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
High School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
38.54
$38.54 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
20.69
$20.69 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Bailiffs
14.83
$14.83 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Systems Software Developers
44.43
$44.43 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Database Administrators
34.47
$34.47 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Financial Examiners
38.61
$38.61 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
25.4
$25.4  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Carpenters
19.01
$19.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Instructional Coordinators
24.64
$24.64 
Master's degree West Central
Bill and Account Collectors
19
$19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Real Estate Brokers
34.56
$34.56  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Credit Counselors
20.78
$20.78 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Molders, Shapers, and Casters
18.53
$18.53  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Hand Grinding and Polishing Workers
15.26
$15.26  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Signal and Track Switch Repairers
15.77
$15.77  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmers
23.28
$23.28 
College certificate West Central
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
33.71
$33.71 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Natural Sciences Managers
46.68
$46.68 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Veterinarians
40.04
$40.04 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Farm Equipment Mechanics
19.59
$19.59 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
9.96
$9.96  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Architectural and Civil Drafters
25.91
$25.91 
Associate's degree West Central
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
26.44
$26.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Real Estate Agents
21.11
$21.11 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Equipment Preparers
17.77
$17.77 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
18.06
$18.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Training and Development Managers
49.25
$49.25 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Respiratory Therapists
30.31
$30.31 
Associate's degree West Central
Computer Programmers
35.07
$35.07 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
12.12
$12.12 
Less than high school West Central
Athletic Trainers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
14.91
$14.91  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay Electrical and Electronics Repairers
39.57
$39.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Nurse Midwives
50.53
$50.53  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree West Central
Surgeons ------ Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Furniture Finishers
13.57
$13.57 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Hand Packers and Packagers
10.81
$10.81 
Less than high school West Central
 
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