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Top 30 Minnesota Job Vacancies

The following table shows the top 30 job titles with the most vacancies in Minnesota during Spring 2017.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Personal Care Aides
6,595
9.8%
$11.53
Retail Salesperson
6,492
7.7%
$11.54
Registered Nurses
3,229
5.25%
$30.02
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
2,781
18.4%
$14.20
Nursing Assistants
2,543
8.2%
$13.67
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
2,473
11.4%
$14.98
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
2,347
6.8%
$18.73
Construction Laborers
2,214
19.5%
$17.50
Cooks, Restaurant
1,788
7.0%
$12.28
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,752
10.3%
$19.69
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
1,429
4.8%
$21.61
Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologist
1,203
12.4%
$11.42
Pharmacy Technicians
1,044
13.6%
$15.88
Customer Service Representatives
1,031
1.8%
$14.51
Industrial Engineers
960
11.1%
$39.23
Home Health Aides
914
3.6%
$12.36
Carpenters
882
6.0%
$19.73
Computer Systems Analysts
880
5.6%
$36.31
Social And Human Service Assistants
865
6.3%
$12.60
Teacher Assistants
838
2.6%
$14.31
Marketing Managers
779
10.0%
$38.79
Receptionists and Information Clerks
740
4.1%
$12.16
Security Guards
725
6.6%
$11.68
School Bus Drivers
706
4.5%
$15.49
Childcare Workers
692
6.8%
$9.99
Amusement and Recreation Workers
648
9.7%
$10.37
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
644
4.7%
$26.24
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
632
1.9%
$22.85
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
618
4.2%
$13.88
Applications Software Developers
588
4.0%
$35.7

*The top 30 job vacancies listed above only includes occupations that can lead to a career that may require some level of education, certification or experience. As well, occupations with median hourly wages lower than $10.00 were omitted. To see a complete listing of vacancies visit the latest Job Vacancy Survey.
** 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 or cook, 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 openings are mainly part time and temporary. 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.

  • If job security is important to you, look at industries or occupations where permanent work is most common.

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, 2nd Quarter 2017, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.