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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.

246 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.
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
19.83
$19.83 
College certificate Southwest
Nursing Assistants
13.16
$13.16 
College certificate Southwest
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
20.32
$20.32 
Less than high school Southwest
Retail Salespersons
11.26
$11.26 
Less than high school Southwest
Teacher Assistants ------ Some college, no degree Southwest
Personal Care Aides
12.27
$12.27 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Accountants and Auditors
28.36
$28.36 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Licensed Practical Nurses
19.26
$19.26 
College certificate Southwest
Cashiers
10.11
$10.11 
Less than high school Southwest
Farmers and Ranchers
37.48
$37.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Social and Human Service Assistants
15.49
$15.49 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
14.06
$14.06 
Less than high school Southwest
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
11.1
$11.1 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Registered Nurses
27.93
$27.93 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Production Helpers
21.24
$21.24 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Elementary School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
17.29
$17.29 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Customer Service Representatives
15.83
$15.83 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
11.1
$11.1 
Less than high school Southwest
Home Health Aides
11.88
$11.88 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Janitors and Cleaners
12.06
$12.06 
Less than high school Southwest
Executive Secretaries
21.56
$21.56 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Automotive Body Repairers
16.77
$16.77 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
High School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Bus and Truck Mechanics
18.63
$18.63 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Mental Health Counselors ------ Master's degree Southwest
Dentists
87.57
$87.57  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
16.74
$16.74 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
31.52
$31.52 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
17.05
$17.05 
Less than high school Southwest
Parts Salespersons
21.92
$21.92 
Less than high school Southwest
Restaurant Cooks
10.87
$10.87 
Less than high school Southwest
Farm Animal Caretakers
12.82
$12.82  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
19.07
$19.07 
College certificate Southwest
Machinery Maintenance Workers
21.5
$21.5  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Waiters and Waitresses
9.86
$9.86 
Less than high school Southwest
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Operators
18.63
$18.63 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Middle School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Maids and Housekeepers
10.96
$10.96 
Less than high school Southwest
Medical and Health Services Managers
36.77
$36.77 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Electricians
27.41
$27.41 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
15.49
$15.49 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Tellers
13.71
$13.71 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Sales Managers
40.35
$40.35 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Prepress Technicians and Workers
23.44
$23.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
24.32
$24.32 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Postal Service Clerks
20.62
$20.62 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
14.56
$14.56 
College certificate Southwest
Printing Press Operators
13.92
$13.92 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
General Office Clerks
16.1
$16.1 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters
14.9
$14.9 
Less than high school Southwest
Vehicle Cleaners
13.14
$13.14 
Less than high school Southwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
11.72
$11.72 
Less than high school Southwest
Industrial Engineers
35.32
$35.32 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
29.15
$29.15 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Physician Assistants
54.08
$54.08 
Master's degree Southwest
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
27.3
$27.3 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
20.98
$20.98 
College certificate Southwest
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
16.59
$16.59 
Some college, no degree Southwest
Fast Food Cooks
10.26
$10.26 
Less than high school Southwest
Elementary and High School Education Administrators ------ Master's degree Southwest
Human Resources Specialists
26.38
$26.38 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Maintenance and Repair Workers
18.55
$18.55 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Garbage and Recyclable Material Collectors
19.85
$19.85  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Pharmacy Technicians
14.81
$14.81 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Postal Service Mail Sorters
27.84
$27.84  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
18.24
$18.24 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Postal Service Mail Carriers
21.79
$21.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
21.06
$21.06 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Industrial Engineering Technicians
22.54
$22.54 
Associate's degree Southwest
Machinists
19.62
$19.62 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Interviewers
15.16
$15.16 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Marketing Managers
54.8
$54.8 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Mechanical Engineers
34.68
$34.68 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Market Research Analysts
25.33
$25.33 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
15.66
$15.66 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Dental Hygienists
35.96
$35.96 
Associate's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Workers ------ High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
19.79
$19.79 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Financial Managers
47.78
$47.78 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Childcare Workers
14.15
$14.15 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Construction Managers
41.59
$41.59 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Credit Analysts
28.6
$28.6 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Nurse Anesthetists
87.18
$87.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Family and General Practitioners
97.33
$97.33 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Industrial Production Managers
41.04
$41.04 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Purchasing Agents ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Driver/Sales Workers
16.08
$16.08 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
27.19
$27.19  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
10.87
$10.87  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Medical Secretaries
18.18
$18.18 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Residential Advisors
16.06
$16.06 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Biological Technicians
24.69
$24.69  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Human Resources Managers
40.49
$40.49 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
28.26
$28.26 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Bill and Account Collectors
18.02
$18.02  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Loan Officers
32.17
$32.17 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Respiratory Therapists
32.93
$32.93  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree Southwest
Pharmacists
51.09
$51.09 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Marriage and Family Therapists
23.15
$23.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
19.99
$19.99 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
23.74
$23.74  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
17.15
$17.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Medical Assistants
13.28
$13.28 
College certificate Southwest
Food Preparation Workers
10.03
$10.03 
Less than high school Southwest
Psychiatric Technicians
18.39
$18.39  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
21.09
$21.09 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Architectural and Engineering Managers
51.75
$51.75 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers ------ High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
33.37
$33.37 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Systems Software Developers
52.14
$52.14  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Veterinarians
42.02
$42.02 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Instructional Coordinators
27.78
$27.78 
Master's degree Southwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
17.96
$17.96 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Print Binding and Finishing Workers
17.18
$17.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Health Care Social Workers
18.66
$18.66 
Master's degree Southwest
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
14.32
$14.32 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
34.17
$34.17 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Billing and Posting Clerks
15.82
$15.82 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
18.85
$18.85 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Loan Interviewers and Clerks
18.77
$18.77 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Credit Authorizers and Checkers
21.59
$21.59  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
18.06
$18.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Nurse Practitioners
58.22
$58.22 
Master's degree Southwest
Applications Software Developers
41.13
$41.13 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Physical Therapists
39.37
$39.37 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
27.79
$27.79 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
20.22
$20.22  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Government Program Eligibility Interviewers
23.88
$23.88  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
31.85
$31.85  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Insurance Underwriters
29.51
$29.51 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
10.97
$10.97 
Less than high school Southwest
Demonstrators and Product Promoters
11.82
$11.82  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Supervisors of Police Officers
34.03
$34.03 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Economists
30.24
$30.24  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Title Examiners and Searchers
26.95
$26.95  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
12
$12 
Less than high school Southwest
Computer Systems Analysts
35.99
$35.99 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
14.21
$14.21 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Lawyers
39.66
$39.66 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Financial Examiners
25.6
$25.6 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
11.06
$11.06 
Less than high school Southwest
Roofers
31.09
$31.09  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
24.69
$24.69 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Psychiatric Aides
21.56
$21.56  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Internists
93.4
$93.4 
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
21.82
$21.82 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Reporters and Correspondents
16.79
$16.79 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Veterinary Assistants
13.9
$13.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
31.72
$31.72  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree Southwest
Funeral Attendants
14.6
$14.6  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Millwrights
22.9
$22.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators
17.44
$17.44  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Cost Estimators
24.05
$24.05 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Insurance Sales Agents
30.26
$30.26  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Construction Laborers
22.97
$22.97 
Less than high school Southwest
Financial Analysts
30.73
$30.73 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Information Security Analysts
45.97
$45.97  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
15.25
$15.25 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Dispensing Opticians
16.83
$16.83 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Power Plant Operators
25.83
$25.83 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Tool and Die Makers
28.15
$28.15  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Farm and Home Management Advisors
33.09
$33.09  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Farm Equipment Mechanics
24.47
$24.47 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Natural Sciences Managers
48.61
$48.61 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
20.42
$20.42  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators
13.43
$13.43 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
22.08
$22.08 
Associate's degree Southwest
Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers
18.16
$18.16  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Some college, no degree Southwest
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
28.39
$28.39 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
28.49
$28.49 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Wholesale and Retail Buyers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
High School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Order Clerks
17.94
$17.94 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Agricultural Equipment Operators
16.11
$16.11 
Less than high school Southwest
Food Scientists
26.91
$26.91 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
35.06
$35.06 
Associate's degree Southwest
Carpet Installers
23.88
$23.88  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Computer and Information Systems Managers
45.35
$45.35 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Gaming Managers
35.06
$35.06  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Advertising and Promotions Managers
59.25
$59.25  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Logisticians
34.11
$34.11 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Rehabilitation Counselors
17.49
$17.49 
Master's degree Southwest
Woodworking Machine Operators
11.67
$11.67 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Architectural and Civil Drafters
21.66
$21.66 
Associate's degree Southwest
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers
16.59
$16.59  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Middle School Career and Technical Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
16.98
$16.98 
Less than high school Southwest
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 Southwest
Butchers and Meat Cutters
14.42
$14.42 
Less than high school Southwest
Computer Programmers
44.5
$44.5 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Electrical Engineers
30.64
$30.64 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Phlebotomists
17.91
$17.91  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
18.72
$18.72  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
25.4
$25.4  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Construction and Maintenance Painters
9.83
$9.83 
Less than high school Southwest
Hydrologists
37.26
$37.26  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Training and Development Managers
49.46
$49.46  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Pediatricians
95.58
$95.58  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Carpenters
19.31
$19.31 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Team Assemblers ------ High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Kindergarten Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmers
28.9
$28.9  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Chemists
30.35
$30.35 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Animal Scientists
32.66
$32.66  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Database Administrators
42.16
$42.16  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Preschool Education Administrators
24.6
$24.6  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Recreational Therapists
23.11
$23.11  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Home Appliance Repairers
21.94
$21.94  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Budget Analysts
34.86
$34.86  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Training and Development Specialists
25.32
$25.32 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
College Education Administrators
42.55
$42.55  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree Southwest
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
14.56
$14.56 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Health and Safety Engineers
41.18
$41.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
24.25
$24.25 
Master's degree Southwest
Dental Laboratory Technicians
19.35
$19.35  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
11.88
$11.88  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school Southwest
Computer Network Architects
51.25
$51.25  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
10.78
$10.78 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Electronics Engineers
45.87
$45.87  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Computer Network Support Specialists
26.66
$26.66 
Associate's degree Southwest
Public Relations Specialists
28.02
$28.02 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Compliance Officers
30.6
$30.6 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Fundraisers
28.75
$28.75 
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Bakers
12.28
$12.28 
Less than high school Southwest
Surgeons ------ Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
15.8
$15.8 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Operations Research Analysts
40.74
$40.74  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
Highway Maintenance Workers
21.13
$21.13 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Medical Laboratory Technologists ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
23.1
$23.1  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate Southwest
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons ------ Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Obstetricians and Gynecologists ------ Doctoral or professional degree Southwest
Correctional Officers and Jailers
20.81
$20.81 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers
17.6
$17.6 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
18.02
$18.02 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Furniture Finishers
17.61
$17.61  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Mechanical Insulation Workers
30.94
$30.94  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products ------ Bachelor's degree Southwest
Surgical Technologists
18.88
$18.88 
College certificate Southwest
Medical Equipment Preparers
20.85
$20.85  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Procurement Clerks
16.38
$16.38 
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Computer Operators
23.78
$23.78  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent Southwest
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
33.6
$33.6  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree Southwest
 
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