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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 Fall 2015.*

Job title Number of job vacancies Job vacancy rate**(%) Median wage offer*** ($)
Retail Salespersons
5,975
7.0%
$10.05
Nursing Assistants
2,522
8.6%
$12.00
Registered Nurses
2,504
4.5%
$28.50
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
2,384
11.8%
$13.18
Personal Care Aides
2,367
3.9%
$11.49
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Service
2,218
15.0%
$12.47
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
2,176
6.5%
$16.40
Cooks, Restaurant
1,880
7.9%
$10.89
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
1,627
15.9%
$11.28
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
1,561
4.8%
$10.51
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
1,418
8.0%
$18.19
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment
1,337
14.1%
$17.35
Customer Service Representatives
1,142
2.1%
$12.11
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
1,008
18.7%
$14.92
Tellers
881
10.7%
$13.29
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
828
7.5%
$12.51
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
827
5.9%
$14.93
Carpenters
788
6.0%
$19.25
Teacher Assistants
755
2.4%
$11.89
Home Health Aides
743
2.5%
$11.38
Accountants and Auditors
737
3.0%
$26.40
Industrial Engineers
733
9.4%
$31.94
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative
724
3.1%
$14.32
Childcare Workers
648
6.0%
$10.32
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
628
4.5%
$14.62
Software Developers, Applications
593
5.0%
$30.19
Computer Occupations, All Other
510
5.6%
$26.84
Electricians
504
4.8%
$20.76
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
497
3.9%
$13.20
Medical Assistants
483
5.6%
$15.78

*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, 4th Quarter 2015, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.