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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.

244 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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Wood Sawing Machine Operators
19.24
$19.24  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Woodworking Machine Operators
15.45
$15.45  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
27.60
$27.60  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators
29.12
$29.12  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Chemical Equipment Operators
21.98
$21.98   Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
three stars High School or less Northwest
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
23.98
$23.98  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
21.37
$21.37  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
21.55
$21.55  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
20.52
$20.52  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
17.13
$17.13  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Paper Goods Machine Operators
18.68
$18.68   Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
three stars High School or less Northwest
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
22.03
$22.03  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
18.15
$18.15  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
14.10
$14.10  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
18.47
$18.47  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Vehicle Cleaners
15.29
$15.29  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Freight and Stock Laborers
16.19
$16.19  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
17.81
$17.81  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Hand Packers and Packagers
13.12
$13.12  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
30.29
$30.29  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Cost Estimators
24.10
$24.10  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
20.25
$20.25  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Loan Officers
30.63
$30.63  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Tax Preparers
23.52
$23.52  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
28.92
$28.92  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Chemical Technicians
23.09
$23.09  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Social and Human Service Assistants
18.11
$18.11  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Community Health Workers
15.37
$15.37  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Pharmacy Technicians
16.83
$16.83  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Psychiatric Technicians
14.16
$14.16  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
24.47
$24.47   Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
four stars High School or less Northwest
Dispensing Opticians
18.96
$18.96  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Hearing Aid Specialists
28.70
$28.70  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Medical Assistants
19.27
$19.27  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Pharmacy Aides
14.59
$14.59  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Veterinary Assistants
13.86
$13.86  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Phlebotomists
14.44
$14.44  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Supervisors of Correctional Officers
30.01
$30.01  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Firefighters
19.66
$19.66  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Correctional Officers and Jailers
22.19
$22.19  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
14.57
$14.57  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Food Preparation Workers
14.08
$14.08  
four stars High School or less Northwest
Nonrestaurant Food Servers
13.55
$13.55  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Janitors and Cleaners
14.70
$14.70  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Maids and Housekeepers
13.97
$13.97  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
14.74
$14.74  
five stars High School or less Northwest
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators
17.73
$17.73  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Tree Trimmers and Pruners
29.11
$29.11  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers
19.18
$19.18  
three stars High School or less Northwest
Ushers and Ticket Takers
11.59
$11.59  
four stars High School or less Northwest
 
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