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Top 15 Minnesota Job Vacancies

The following table shows the top 15 job titles with the most vacancies in Minnesota during Spring 2015.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Retail Salespersons
5,354
6.2%
$9.85
Personal Care Aides
3,285
5.4%
$10.98
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
2,695
8.0%
$18.07
Registered Nurses
2,498
4.5%
$27.98
Nursing Assistants
2,115
7.2%
$11.99
Cooks, Restaurant
1,473
6.2%
$10.89
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
1,182
10.8%
$15.84
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,170
6.6%
$18.00
Customer Service Representatives
1,083
2.0%
$13.53
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
931
3.5%
$14.89
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
912
8.9%
$9.42
Coaches and Scouts
830
23.0%
$13.42
High School Teacher
768
4.0%
$21.28
Software Developers, Applications
766
6.4%
$35.66
Elementary School Teachers
737
2.7%
$20.68

*The top 15 job vacancies listed above only includes occupations that can lead to a career that may require some level of education, certification or experience. 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 2015, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.