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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 2016.*

Job titleNumber of job vacanciesJob vacancy rate**(%)Median wage offer*** ($)
Retail Salespersons
3,457
3.9%
$11.09
Personal Care Aides
3,388
5.2%
$10.97
Nursing Assistants
2,466
7.8%
$12.88
Registered Nurses
2,340
3.9%
$29.01
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
2,006
5.8%
$16.16
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
1,913
12.9%
$11.57
Cooks, Restaurant
1,815
7.1%
$10.75
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
1,800
19.1%
$11.92
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
1,703
8.2%
$13.44
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,595
9%
$20.31
Home Health Aides
1,446
5.2%
$10.89
Customer Service Representatives
1,141
2.1%
$14.02
Teacher Assistant
963
3%
$13.10
Software Developers, Applications
777
6%
$34.21
Accountants and Auditors
760
2.9%
$26.11
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
681
2.5%
$21.46
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
680
6.7%
$15.34
Carpenters
675
4.9%
$19.88
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
630
9.7%
$14.90
Electricians
611
5.4%
$21.19
Cement Mason and Concrete Finishers
603
12.8%
$38.31
Computer Systems Analysts
590
3.9%
$36.27
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
582
10.6%
$15.79
Receptionists and Information Clerks
553
2.9%
$11.10
Tellers
551
6.6%
$14.12
Marketing Managers
529
7%
$42.22
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Persons
499
7.1%
$21.15
Massage Therapists
493
19.5%
$13.34
Secondary School Teachers
453
2.3%
$21.80
Industrial Engineers
419
5.1%
$34.72

*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, 2nd Quarter 2016, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.