Minnesota Career Guide: Fastest Growing Minnesota (MN) Careers

Looking for a job in Minnesota, 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes'? Don't know what careers there are to choose from? Read this article to find out what are the fastest-growing careers and those that will have the most openings in Minnesota (MN).

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Minnesota Career Guide: Fastest-Growing Minnesota (MN) Careers

Minnesota is known as the 'North Star State' or 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes'. Sounds like a pretty place to live, but is Minnesota a good place to work? What does Minnesota have to offer the job seeker? Minnesota has a population of 5,576,606, as of July 2017. It has been ranked as the 2018 #2 best state in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report 'Best States' ranking. The ranking assesses 77 metrics within eight main categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime & corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life. Minnesota also made the top 10 lists for health care, opportunity, infrastructure, and quality of life. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Minnesota's unemployment rate for April 2018 is 3.2%. The average hourly wage for all occupations in the state is $25.35 as of May 2017.

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  • Education
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  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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Fastest-Growing Careers

According to CareerOneStop (www.careeronestop.org), these are the 10 fastest-growing careers in Minnesota from 2014-2024. At the top of the list, wind turbine service technicians are expected to see a 106% increase in jobs as they jump from 220 positions in 2014 to 460 positions in 2024. The remainder of the careers in this list are projected to grow by 37% - 26%. For example, occupational therapy assistant jobs are expected to increase by 29%; this career has an annual mean salary of $48,210 in Minnesota.

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Statisticians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Therapists, All Other
  • Commercial Drivers
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Personal Care Aides

Careers with the Most Openings

Though not necessarily among the fastest-growing careers, the following are some of those predicted by CareerOneStop to have the most openings through 2024. These careers are projected to have 3,530-1,130 annual job openings. Registered nurses, for example, are expected to have 2,010 job openings and have an annual mean salary of $77,540 in Minnesota.

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Registered Nurses
  • Home Health Aides
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Office Clerks, General
  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
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