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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 April - June 2020.

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate*(%) Median wage offer** ($)
Nursing Assistant
2,755
9.1%
$15.01
Licensed Practical Nurse
2,386
15.7%
$23.94
Customer Service Representative
2,165
3.6%
$14.70
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
2,056
21.3%
$14.73
Social and Human Service Assistants
2,016
15.5%
$18.02
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
1,728
4.4%
$27.33
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,622
4.6%
$21.46
Registered Nurse
1,393
2.0%
$31.05
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
1,392
11.8%
$17.27
Pharmacy Technicians
1,317
16.2%
$20.16
High School Special Education Teachers
837
16.7%
$27.38
Software Developers
688
N/A
$30.71
Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
601
2.8%
$22.20
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
598
8.9%
$17.66
Elementary School Teachers
570
2.5%
$26.76
Teaching Assistants
567
N/A
$16.32
Accountants and Auditors
509
2.2%
$21.54
Substitute Teachers, Short-Term
497
8.5%
$17.11
Sales Managers
493
4.6%
$28.47
Emergency Medical Technician
492
N/A
$16.12
Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
466
N/A
$35.81
Marketing Manager
460
5.5%
$38.24
Secondary School Teachers
452
2.2%
$27.47
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
443
1.4%
$16.29
Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors
442
6.8%
$15.08
Dental Assistants
438
7.6%
$21.89
General and Operations Managers
430
1.0%
$23.78
Dental Hygienists
392
7.7%
$28.21
Information Security Analyst
384
17.2%
$28.77
Computer User Support Specialists
377
3.1%
$22.20


* 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:

  • Wage
    Low wage occupations, such as retail sales person, are more likely to be affected by high turnover. This is part of the reason why they have so many openings.
  • Seasonality
    Occupations like landscaping or highway construction work are highly seasonal. The demand for these types of jobs drops in the fall and picks up again in the spring.
  • Work Status
    Some occupations offer mostly part-time or temporary work. Some professions, like acting and musicians, mostly find 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.
Wage

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey 2nd Quarter 2020, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.