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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 2014.

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate*(%) Median wage offer** ($)
Retail Salespersons
5,885
6.7%
$8.50
Personal Care Aides
3,733
7.5%
$10.13
Nursing Assistants
2,043
6.9%
$11.02
Registered Nurses
2,042
3.5%
$27.29
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,726
5.2%
$17.89
Customer Service Representatives
1,600
3.3%
$11.93
Cooks, Restaurant
1,567
6.3%
$9.58
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Rep
1,298
50.7%
$12.88
Teacher Assistants
1,248
3.9%
$11.85
Childcare Workers
1,200
11.8%
$13.12
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
1,185
19.1%
$22.64
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,047
6%
$16.67
Physical Therapists
962
28.5%
$33.18
Carpenters
853
6.4%
$16.66
Computer Systems Analysts
733
5.7%
$33.53

* 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, such as use something from table above 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 2014, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.