Overview of Career Opportunities in Michigan

Jun 11, 2018

A Look at Michigan

Michigan is a Midwestern state often called the Wolverine State or the Great Lakes State, and it's known for being home to Detroit, the 'car capital of the world'. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the state has held a mostly steady unemployment rate of 4.7% from November 2017-April 2018, which is higher than the national rate of 3.9% as of April 2018. The BLS also reported in May 2017 that the average hourly wage for workers in the state was $23.22, about a dollar an hour less than the national average.

Overview of Career Opportunities in Michigan (MI)

Michigan has much to offer the job seeker. Some of the most popular industries include the following:

Careers in Technology

According to in March 2017, Detroit rose 30 spots to place ninth on the list of cities creating the most high-tech jobs. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) predicts that software publishing and computer systems design will be among the fastest-growing industries in the state through 2024. Some examples of tech jobs that are projected to have a healthy increase by 2024 are as follows, according to the DTMB:

  • Web Developers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Applications Software Developers
  • Systems Software Developers

Careers in Healthcare

The BLS states that, across the U.S., the healthcare industry will experience a faster growth rate than the average for all other occupations. It predicts that the demand for healthcare professionals will continue to increase as the population lives longer. This means that there will be many healthcare opportunities available with varying levels of educational requirements. Some of the fastest-growing healthcare jobs in Michigan are as follows, as reported by the DTMB for 2014-2024:

  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Dental Laboratory Technicians
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Medical Appliance Techicians
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, except EMTs

Careers in Education

Teachers in specific areas at the postsecondary level can expect to see double-digit growth in Michigan. The DTMB reports that, through 2024, the following educators will see significant growth in this state:

  • Law Teachers
  • Health Specialties Teachers
  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers
  • Psychology Teachers
  • Physics Teachers

Jobs in these areas are expected to increase anywhere from 16-23.5%, depending on the job, during the ten-year interval.

Other Career Opportunities

If you're not seeking a career in these areas, fear not: job opportunities also look good in various other industries. Among the top 30 fastest growing occupations in Michigan through 2024, according to the DTMB, are:

  • Statisticians
  • Credit Counselors
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Helpers - Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
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