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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 13 economic development regions 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.

262 occupations found

Occupation Title Wage 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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 Sort ascending Current demand indicator shows how occupations compare in terms of possible openings in order from high to low.
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Region There are 13 Economic Development Regions in Minnesota.
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
9.81
$9.81 
Less than high school West Central
Cashiers
9.53
$9.53 
Less than high school West Central
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
19.36
$19.36 
College certificate West Central
Personal Care Aides
11.38
$11.38 
Less than high school West Central
Nursing Assistants
14.01
$14.01 
College certificate West Central
Registered Nurses
32.52
$32.52 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Elementary School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Retail Salespersons
11.56
$11.56 
Less than high school West Central
Teacher Assistants ------ Some college, no degree West Central
Licensed Practical Nurses
19.31
$19.31 
College certificate West Central
High School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Maids and Housekeepers
12.02
$12.02 
Less than high school West Central
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
11.21
$11.21 
Less than high school West Central
Freight and Stock Laborers
14.96
$14.96 
Less than high school West Central
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
18.7
$18.7 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
16.43
$16.43 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Janitors and Cleaners
13.44
$13.44 
Less than high school West Central
School Bus Drivers
16.96
$16.96 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
General Office Clerks
15.87
$15.87 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
14.71
$14.71 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Bus and Truck Mechanics
18.48
$18.48 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Childcare Workers
9.89
$9.89 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Light Truck or Delivery Drivers
13.78
$13.78 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Social and Human Service Assistants
14.23
$14.23 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Machinists
18.81
$18.81 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Driver/Sales Workers
16.55
$16.55 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Maintenance and Repair Workers
18.17
$18.17 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Fast Food Cooks
9.71
$9.71  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Postal Service Mail Carriers
23.04
$23.04 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Secretaries
17.31
$17.31 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Production Helpers
13.08
$13.08 
Less than high school West Central
Massage Therapists
19.91
$19.91 
College certificate West Central
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
17.02
$17.02 
Some college, no degree West Central
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
16.42
$16.42 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer User Support Specialists
22.21
$22.21 
Some college, no degree West Central
Physician Assistants
54.27
$54.27 
Master's degree West Central
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
27.01
$27.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Food Counter Attendants
9.65
$9.65 
Less than high school West Central
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
11.75
$11.75 
College certificate West Central
Tellers
13.61
$13.61 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Middle School Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
16.19
$16.19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
15.31
$15.31 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
25.05
$25.05 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Accountants and Auditors
28.53
$28.53 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
23.29
$23.29 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mental Health Counselors
18.29
$18.29 
Master's degree West Central
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
13.41
$13.41 
Less than high school West Central
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
24.06
$24.06 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical and Health Services Managers
40.5
$40.5 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Recreation Workers
10.69
$10.69 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
18.36
$18.36 
College certificate West Central
Food Scientists
36.84
$36.84  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Team Assemblers
15.68
$15.68 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Electricians
23.04
$23.04 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Financial Managers
43.45
$43.45 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Farm Equipment Mechanics
18.06
$18.06 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Pharmacy Technicians
16.09
$16.09 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
24.09
$24.09 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Parts Salespersons
14.5
$14.5 
Less than high school West Central
Elementary and High School Education Administrators ------ Master's degree West Central
Food Preparation Workers
11.23
$11.23 
Less than high school West Central
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
14.65
$14.65 
College certificate West Central
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
22.92
$22.92 
Master's degree West Central
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
23.31
$23.31 
College certificate West Central
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
22
$22 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Executive Secretaries
20.28
$20.28 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
15.39
$15.39  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Training and Development Specialists
23.19
$23.19 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
16.71
$16.71 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Waiters and Waitresses
9.63
$9.63 
Less than high school West Central
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
11.01
$11.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Loan Officers
33.1
$33.1 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
18.78
$18.78 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Industrial Engineering Technicians
26.54
$26.54 
Associate's degree West Central
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
18.38
$18.38 
Less than high school West Central
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
32.13
$32.13  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Correctional Officers and Jailers
21.2
$21.2 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
College Education Administrators
41.14
$41.14 
Master's degree West Central
Human Resources Managers
42.24
$42.24 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Market Research Analysts
27.79
$27.79 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
19.43
$19.43 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Physical Therapists
37.95
$37.95 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Industrial Production Managers
39.24
$39.24 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Supervisors of Police Officers
37.28
$37.28 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
27.45
$27.45 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Industrial Engineers
36.06
$36.06 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Billing and Posting Clerks
17.07
$17.07 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
25.63
$25.63 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics
16.94
$16.94  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Family and General Practitioners
85.6
$85.6 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Printing Press Operators
17.19
$17.19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Human Resources Specialists
24.76
$24.76 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Government Program Eligibility Interviewers
22.73
$22.73 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Carpenters
18.66
$18.66 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Residential Advisors
17.76
$17.76 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
36.36
$36.36 
Associate's degree West Central
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
21.26
$21.26 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
18.28
$18.28 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
11.96
$11.96 
Less than high school West Central
High School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Order Clerks
18.01
$18.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Radiologic Technologists
27.71
$27.71 
Associate's degree West Central
Real Estate Appraisers and Assessors
26.87
$26.87 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
16.37
$16.37 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Purchasing Agents
23.71
$23.71 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
24.4
$24.4 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Funeral Service Managers
47.89
$47.89  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Applications Software Developers
39.86
$39.86 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
19.18
$19.18 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer and Information Systems Managers
48.04
$48.04 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
13.11
$13.11 
Less than high school West Central
Health Care Social Workers
25.84
$25.84 
Master's degree West Central
Dispensing Opticians
14.41
$14.41 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Sales Managers
37.96
$37.96 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
16.36
$16.36 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Firefighters
14.41
$14.41 
College certificate West Central
Computer Systems Analysts
38.29
$38.29 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Nurse Practitioners
55.82
$55.82 
Master's degree West Central
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
18.98
$18.98 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Construction Managers
34.96
$34.96 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Bakers
14.08
$14.08 
Less than high school West Central
Medical Laboratory Technologists
31.85
$31.85 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Pharmacists
58.25
$58.25 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Supervisors of Firefighters
28.98
$28.98 
College certificate West Central
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
25.78
$25.78 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Insurance Sales Agents
21.01
$21.01 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Workers
27.71
$27.71 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
34.47
$34.47 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Security Guards
15.69
$15.69 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Mechanical Engineers
31.04
$31.04 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
21.53
$21.53 
Associate's degree West Central
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
28.8
$28.8 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Prepress Technicians and Workers
17.91
$17.91 
College certificate West Central
Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
16.91
$16.91 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
25.64
$25.64 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
24.02
$24.02  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Chiropractors
32.36
$32.36 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
15.13
$15.13 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Rehabilitation Counselors
16.57
$16.57 
Master's degree West Central
Architectural and Engineering Managers
51.5
$51.5 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
37.57
$37.57 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Interviewers
14.75
$14.75 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Occupational Therapists
33.8
$33.8 
Master's degree West Central
Lawyers
40.38
$40.38 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Internists
95.61
$95.61 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Athletic Trainers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Electrical Engineers
37.49
$37.49 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Bailiffs
14.62
$14.62 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers
19.57
$19.57 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Cost Estimators
24.48
$24.48 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Paper Goods Machine Operators
18.59
$18.59  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Obstetricians and Gynecologists ------ Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Preschool Education Administrators
25.65
$25.65 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Optometrists
46.81
$46.81 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Legal Secretaries
21.33
$21.33 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Computer Network Support Specialists
26.21
$26.21 
Associate's degree West Central
Computer Network Architects
42.66
$42.66 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Veterinary Assistants
14.49
$14.49  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Phlebotomists
14.91
$14.91 
College certificate West Central
Dental Assistants
20.46
$20.46 
College certificate West Central
Customer Service Representatives
15.66
$15.66 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Marketing Managers
53.05
$53.05 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Physical Therapist Assistants
23.89
$23.89 
Associate's degree West Central
Respiratory Therapists
29.2
$29.2 
Associate's degree West Central
Credit Analysts
47.53
$47.53 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators
22.11
$22.11 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Civil Engineers
38.67
$38.67 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Real Estate Agents
19.75
$19.75 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Restaurant Cooks
11.65
$11.65 
Less than high school West Central
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
10.5
$10.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Automotive Body Repairers
15.75
$15.75 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Training and Development Managers
49.64
$49.64 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
19.29
$19.29 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Writers and Authors
28.38
$28.38  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Database Administrators
36.25
$36.25 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Cargo and Freight Agents
22.84
$22.84  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Upholsterers
18.92
$18.92  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Orderlies
18.05
$18.05  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Natural Sciences Managers
46.96
$46.96 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Pediatricians
96.16
$96.16  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Commercial and Industrial Designers
21.37
$21.37 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Credit Authorizers and Checkers
20.86
$20.86  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Architects
35.02
$35.02 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
36.78
$36.78 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Nurse Midwives
51.7
$51.7  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree West Central
Construction Laborers
16.4
$16.4 
Less than high school West Central
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers
25.91
$25.91 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
29.1
$29.1  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Soil and Plant Scientists
30.37
$30.37 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Psychiatric Technicians
17.24
$17.24  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Fundraisers
24.18
$24.18 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Management Analysts
32.22
$32.22 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
17.55
$17.55  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Systems Software Developers
42.88
$42.88 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Home Appliance Repairers
22.5
$22.5 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Financial Examiners
41.48
$41.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Psychiatrists
94.81
$94.81 
Doctoral or professional degree West Central
Surgical Technologists
22.7
$22.7 
College certificate West Central
Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products
29.2
$29.2 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Medical Assistants
15.92
$15.92 
College certificate West Central
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
30.91
$30.91 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
33.79
$33.79 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Electronics Engineers
35.44
$35.44 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
11.7
$11.7 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
27.06
$27.06 
Associate's degree West Central
Computer Programmers
35.11
$35.11 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Compliance Officers
30.86
$30.86 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Reporters and Correspondents
19.87
$19.87  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Medical Laboratory Technicians
22.06
$22.06 
Associate's degree West Central
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
15.67
$15.67 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Marriage and Family Therapists
22.31
$22.31  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree West Central
Dietetic Technicians
15.48
$15.48  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Garbage and Recyclable Material Collectors
17.03
$17.03 
Less than high school West Central
Computer Operators
22.09
$22.09  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Sales Engineers
33.46
$33.46 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Couriers and Messengers
24.65
$24.65 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Architectural and Civil Drafters
21.68
$21.68 
Associate's degree West Central
Environmental Engineers
35.54
$35.54  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Supervisors of Correctional Officers
35.42
$35.42 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Advertising Sales Agents
20.78
$20.78 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents
25.3
$25.3  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
20.78
$20.78  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
College certificate West Central
Exercise Physiologists
28.84
$28.84  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Operations Research Analysts
38.98
$38.98  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Environmental Engineering Technicians
20.55
$20.55  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
42.68
$42.68 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Information Security Analysts
34.23
$34.23 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Medical Equipment Repairers
26.06
$26.06 
Associate's degree West Central
Personal Financial Advisors
43.45
$43.45  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Bachelor's degree West Central
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
21.46
$21.46 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Loan Interviewers and Clerks
17.36
$17.36 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Supervisors of Housekeepers and Janitors
16.87
$16.87 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Credit Counselors
19.87
$19.87 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
14.58
$14.58  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
32.18
$32.18  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Associate's degree West Central
Administrative Service Managers
41.21
$41.21 
Bachelor's degree West Central
High School Career and Technical Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Bartenders
9.79
$9.79 
Less than high school West Central
Middle School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Procurement Clerks
18.49
$18.49 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Instructional Coordinators
27.06
$27.06 
Master's degree West Central
Farmworkers and Laborers
11.15
$11.15 
Less than high school West Central
Farmers and Ranchers
36.69
$36.69  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Environmental Scientists
32.57
$32.57 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Wholesale and Retail Buyers
28.77
$28.77 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Multiple Machine Tool Operators
16.59
$16.59 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Medical Equipment Preparers
19.77
$19.77  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Rolling Machine Operators
14.68
$14.68 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Financial Analysts
33.56
$33.56 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers ------ Bachelor's degree West Central
Logisticians
35.03
$35.03 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Hand Packers and Packagers
9.78
$9.78 
Less than high school West Central
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
11.51
$11.51  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
33.19
$33.19 
High school diploma or equivalent West Central
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
46.59
$46.59 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers
17.99
$17.99 
Some college, no degree West Central
Telemarketers
14.1
$14.1  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Less than high school West Central
Nurse Anesthetists
87.33
$87.33  Refers to MN wage data. Regional data is not available.
Master's degree West Central
Purchasing Managers
44.14
$44.14 
Bachelor's degree West Central
Short Order Cooks
11.37
$11.37 
Less than high school West Central
 
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