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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 Fall 2016.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Personal Care Aides
5,721
8.7%
$11.01
Registered Nurses
2,220
3.7%
$30.56
Nursing Assistants
2,179
6.9%
$13.06
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
2,145
10.3%
$13.26
Cooks, Restaurant
1,713
6.7%
$12.22
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,481
8.4%
$18.94
Teacher Assistants
1,025
3.2%
$13.57
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
993
2.9%
$19.50
Accountants and Auditors
988
3.7%
$28.95
Home Health Aides
831
3%
$11.99
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
803
5.7%
$12.25
Mental Health Counselors
688
18.9%
$16.47
Software Developers, Applications
597
4.6%
$35.66
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative
529
2.3%
$24.34
Loan Officers
521
7.1%
$18.34
Computer Systems Analysts
497
3.3%
$33.06
Industrial Engineers
491
5.9%
$33.84
Computer and Information Systems Managers
490
4.9%
$43.54
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
448
8.1%
$14.90
Medical Secretaries
429
4.3%
$15.30
Marketing Managers
420
5.5%
$39.48
Coaches and Scouts
420
13.3%
$16.12
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
418
4.1%
$14.74
Computer User Support Specialists
362
2.6%
$23.95
Civil Engineers
342
8.2%
$28.79
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics
333
11.9%
$16.81
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
328
5.1%
$15.87
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
310
1.1%
$19.67
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
302
2.5%
$26.90
Physician Assistants
295
14.7%
$37.55

*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, like 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, 4th Quarter 2016, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.