North Dakota Careers: Fastest Growing North Dakota (ND) Careers

May 23, 2018

If you are a North Dakota resident interested in beginning a hot career, or if you are considering relocating there to expand your opportunities, this article is for you. What follows are brief economic facts about North Dakota and statewide occupation projections.

Economic Facts about North Dakota

North Dakota is a leader in several areas of the agriculture industry. Wheat, flax, barley, canola, and soybeans (among others) are big business in the state, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Still, North Dakota isn't completely dependent on rainfall. Electric power, mining, oil, and machinery represent other industries in the state.

As of April 2018, the unemployment rate in North Dakota is 2.6%, well below the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This low rate has been holding in the state since November 2017. The BLS further reports that as of May 2017 the average hourly wage in the state of North Dakota is $23.14.

Fastest Growing Occupations in North Dakota

The following list of occupations are the top ten North Dakota occupations in terms of the percent change in employment, according to the Job Service North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network. This means each of these occupations is expected to have the largest percentage of positive change through 2024, ranging from a huge 96.8% growth for wind turbine technicians to 34% growth for cardiovascular techs. These occupations are:

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Hearing Aid Specialists
  • Web Developers
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

North Dakota's Largest Employers

Several large companies are located in North Dakota's cities, such as Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks. According to America's Career Info Net,, the state's largest employers based on number of employees as of 2018 are as follows. The largest employer, North Dakota State University - Fargo, employs 4,500 people, and each employer on this list has at least 2,000 employees.

  • North Dakota State University - Fargo
  • Ferrellgas (Grand Forks, Harvey, Bismarck)
  • Sanford Medical Center Fargo
  • Altru Health System-Audiology
  • Altru Health System
  • Sanford Children's Hospital
  • Sanford Medical Center
  • CHI St. Alexius Health
  • Altru's Urology
  • Community Pharmacy Hm Infusion
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