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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 Fall 2013.

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate*(%) Median wage offer** ($)
Retail Salespersons
2,292
2.7%
$9.43
Customer Service Representatives
2,204
4.6%
$8.00
Personal Care Aides
1,766
3.6%
$9.97
Nursing Assistants
1,702
5.7%
$10.84
Registered Nurses
1,468
2.7%
$26.68
Licensed Practical Nurses
1,204
7.0%
$16.85
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,196
3.7%
$18.63
Restaurant Cooks
945
3.9%
$8.59
Home Health Aides
782
2.3%
$11.22
Childcare Workers
771
8.1%
$10.44
Social and Human Service Assistants
636
3.6%
$12.50
Carpenters
568
4.6%
$11.58
Applications Software Developers
537
4.2%
$28.76
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
502
4.8%
$14.61
Bus and Truck Mechanics
489
8.8%
$15.61

* 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 food preparation and serving, are more likely to be affected by high turnover. Because of this, they appear to have a lot of openings.

  • Seasonality
    Occupations like landscaping or highway construction work are highly seasonal. The demand for these types of jobs drops at the end of the summer and picks up again in the spring.

  • Work Status
    Some openings are for part-time or temporary work. Some firms hire new candidates on a temporary or part-time basis leading to a full-time career path.

    Keep in mind that some professions hire freelance or temporary employees to help with specific projects or events. They 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 2013, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.