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Occupations in Demand

What manufacturing jobs are in demand in my region?

Are you exploring manufacturing jobs close to home? Learn more about job availability and wages for manufacturing careers in your region. The following manufacturing 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.

Region Click to sort the table by this column There are 13 Economic Development Regions in Minnesota.
Occupation Title Click to sort the table by this column Wage Sort descending 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.
Current
Demand
Indicator 
Click to sort the table by this column Current demand indicator shows how occupations compare in terms of possible openings in order from high to low.
Typical
Education Required 
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Southwest Central Sewing Machine Operators
8.90
$8.90 
Less than high school
South Central Machinery Maintenance Workers
9.12
$9.12 
High school diploma or equivalent
South Central Hand Packers and Packagers
9.27
$9.27 
Less than high school
Northwest Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters
9.32
$9.32 
Less than high school
7 County Twin Cities Hand Cutters and Trimmers
9.74
$9.74 
Less than high school
Upper Minnesota Valley Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
9.76
$9.76 
High school diploma or equivalent
Headwaters Production Helpers
10.33
$10.33 
Less than high school
Arrowhead Sewing Machine Operators
10.36
$10.36 
Less than high school
Upper Minnesota Valley Freight and Stock Laborers
10.55
$10.55 
Less than high school
West Central Sewing Machine Operators
10.93
$10.93 
Less than high school
 
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