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Top 30 Minnesota Job Vacancies

The following table shows the top 30 job titles that require post-secondary education with the most vacancies in Minnesota during Fall 2018.

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate*(%) Median wage offer** ($)
Nursing Assistant
3,353
10.6%
$13.28
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Drivers
2,982
8.4%
$21.21
Registered Nurse
2,634
4.1%
$29.49
Licensed Practical Nurse
1,748
10.4%
$19.01
Teacher Assistants
1,756
5.3%
$13.86
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, 
and Cosmetologists
1,365
14.2%
$10.51
Preschool Teachers, 
Except Special Education
825
10.8%
$16.01
Heating, Air Conditioning, 
Refrigeration Mechanic
751
21.8%
$21.97
Industrial Engineers
748
8.3%
$34.93
Substitute Teachers
711
11.8%
$15.97
Marketing Manager
700
8.7%
$49.39
Social and Human Service Assistants
690
4.6%
$16.76
Machinists
690
5.8%
$18.13
Automotive Service Technicians
680
5.9%
$17.26
Accountants and Auditors
638
2.7%
$31.34
Computer Systems Analyst
613
3.7%
$35.01
Telecommunications Equipment 
Installers and Repair
598
16.5%
$20.71
Carpenters
518
3.2%
$15.87
Welders
507
5.3%
$17.04
Medical Assistant
504
4.7%
$16.55
Bus and Truck Mechanics and 
Diesel Engine Specialist
479
8.0%
$27.94
Market Research Analysts and 
Marketing Specialists
476
3.3%
$28.05
Pharmacy Technician
470
5.5%
$16.13
Computer User Support Specialists
447
3.7%
$25.78
Life Scientist
447
5.0%
$25.82
Bookkeeping, Accounting 
and Auditing Clerks
443
1.3%
$16.24
Electrician
435
4.0%
$31.65
Computer and Information 
Systems Managers
434
4.5%
$40.98
Sales Managers
427
3.6%
$39.41
Management Analyst
417
3.0%
$28.84


* The job vacancy rate is the number of job vacancies expressed as a percent of the total number of existing jobs.
** The median is the point at which 50 percent of workers make less and 50 percent make more (as reported by employers).

Job Quality

When comparing occupations, you should also take into account job quality. Some aspects to consider include:

  • Seasonality: Hiring in many occupations is seasonal. Retail establishments, for example, tend to hire more, often temporary, workers during the fall. Those temporary positions are represented in these numbers. Hiring for other positions, like teachers and teacher assistants, tends to be higher during the summer months.
  • Work status: Some occupations offer mostly part-time or temporary work. Some professions, like acting and musicians, are available mostly as freelance or temporary work on specific projects or events. Companies that hire these professions rarely hire new employees for long-term, permanent positions. Other occupations, like personal care aides and retail sales clerks offer primarily part-time hours.
  • If job security is important to you, look at industries or occupations where permanent, full-time work is most common.

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey 4th Quarter 2018, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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