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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
4,669
5.3%
$10.00
Home Health Aides
4,525
13.5%
$11.00
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,810
5.5%
$17.12
Registered Nurses
1,699
2.9%
$26.90
Customer Service Representatives
1,676
3.4%
$9.91
Nursing Assistants
1,597
5.4%
$11.00
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
1,254
10.1%
$9.90
Cooks, Restaurant
1,194
4.8%
$8.98
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
1,066
5.0%
$11.68
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
1,053
4.3%
$21.64
Carpenters
1,034
7.8%
$18.07
Real Estate Sales Agents
961
52.8%
$7.83
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
840
4.8%
$17.13
Social and Human Service Assistants
739
4.4%
$11.70
Software Developers, Applications
643
5.7%
$29.16

* 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, 2nd Quarter 2014, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.