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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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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
31.10
$31.10  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Chemical Plant and System Operators
30.90
$30.90   Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
four stars High School or less Southwest
Chemical Equipment Operators
22.72
$22.72  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Operators
24.23
$24.23  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
23.67
$23.67  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
25.19
$25.19  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
23.88
$23.88  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Dental Laboratory Technicians
23.86
$23.86  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
18.97
$18.97  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Molders, Shapers, and Casters
19.05
$19.05  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Production Helpers
18.65
$18.65  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Driver/Sales Workers
14.24
$14.24  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
22.39
$22.39  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Lifeguards and Ski Patrollers
14.01
$14.01  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Fast Food Cooks
13.61
$13.61  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
18.99
$18.99  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Restaurant Cooks
18.19
$18.19  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Food Preparation Workers
15.67
$15.67  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Bartenders
13.07
$13.07  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Waiters and Waitresses
11.71
$11.71  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
15.55
$15.55  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants
14.28
$14.28  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Dishwashers
14.38
$14.38  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Janitors and Cleaners
17.87
$17.87  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Maids and Housekeepers
16.79
$16.79  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
18.91
$18.91  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Amusement and Recreation Attendants
14.00
$14.00  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Cashiers
14.41
$14.41  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Counter and Rental Clerks
17.87
$17.87  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Parts Salespersons
18.65
$18.65  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Retail Salespersons
15.63
$15.63  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Agricultural Equipment Operators
21.19
$21.19  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Farmworkers and Laborers
17.70
$17.70  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Farm Animal Caretakers
17.02
$17.02  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
31.00
$31.00  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Construction Laborers
23.97
$23.97  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Roofers
28.89
$28.89  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Bakers
17.78
$17.78  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Butchers and Meat Cutters
19.27
$19.27  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Food Baking and Drying Machine Operators
24.54
$24.54  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
15.98
$15.98  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Sewing Machine Operators
17.90
$17.90  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
22.33
$22.33  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Vehicle Cleaners
17.72
$17.72  
four stars High School or less Southwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
19.91
$19.91  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
22.76
$22.76  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
16.75
$16.75  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Garbage and Recyclable Material Collectors
23.75
$23.75  
three stars High School or less Southwest
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
23.64
$23.64  
five stars High School or less Southwest
Psychiatric Technicians
18.75
$18.75  
three stars High School or less Southwest
 
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