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Overview of the Fastest Growing Wisconsin Careers

Jul 19, 2020

Wisconsin State Employment Overview

Although the American labor market has struggled, much of the United States has witnessed vast improvement to unemployment rates. Wisconsin continues to perform better than many other parts of the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in June 2020, Wisconsin experienced a 8.5% unemployment rate, as compared to the 11.1% national average for the same time period.

There are 72 counties in Wisconsin. Seven of the largest counties - Milwaukee, Dane, Waukesha, Brown, Outagamie, Racine and Winnebago - are responsible for 52.3% of Wisconsin's total employment in September 2019. Sixteen counties reported weekly wages averaging $700 or lower, 29 reported average wages of $700 to $799, 16 counties showed average wages of $800 to $899, and 11 reported average wages of $900 or higher, per the BLS.

Fastest Growing Wisconsin Career Opportunities

According to Wisconsin's WORKnet, careers with the most potential for growth during the 2016-2026 time period include the following. Several healthcare careers on on this list, as well as finance and even driving occupations:

Occupation Employment in 2016 Employment in 2026 Percentage Change
Operations Research Analysts 1,768 2,302 30.2%
Personal Care Aides 64,193 83,271 29.7%
Home Health Aides 7,530 9,752 29.5%
Computer Systems Analysts 15,244 17,195 12.8%
Personal Financial Advisors 5,370 6,587 22.7%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 8,989 9,917 10.3%
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 7,831 9,435 20.5%
Interpreters and Translators 1,843 2,201 19.4%
Web Developers 2,694 3,078 14.3%

Finding the Right Career

Job availability is, of course, only one part of finding the right career. Other important factors include earning potential, training requirements, and your skills and interests. Although only you can decide what fields best align with your goals, the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) offers useful information on median salaries, and the BLS offers minimum education requirements and job outlook, 2018-2028, for these high-growth fields in Wisconsin.

The following jobs are high-growth occupations listed by the DWD and BLS that show a salary above the state mean, include sufficient job openings, and show percentage change from 2016 - 2026 to be greater than the Wisconsin state average.

Profession Typical Required Training Mean Salary in 2019 in Wisconsin*
Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree $72,610
Heavy and Tracker Trailer Truck Drivers On-the-job training $47,520
Sales Representatives On-the-job training $61,060
General and Operations Managers Bachelor's Degree $131,220
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General On-the-job training $43,210
First-Line Supervisors/Office and Administrative Support Workers Associate Degree $59,110
Accountants and Auditors Bachelor's Degree $71,260
Carpenters High School diploma or equivalent $52,200
Construction Laborers On-the-Job training $44,460
Market Research Analysts Bachelor's Degree $58,850
Software Developers Bachelor's Degree $92,560
Management Analysts Bachelor's Degree $88,500
Computer User Support Specialists Associate Degree; on-the-job training $52,080

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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