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 April 2018, Wisconsin experienced a 2.8% unemployment rate, as compared to the 3.9% national average for the same time period.
There are 72 counties in Wisconsin. Six of the largest counties - Milwaukee, Dane, Waukesha, Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago - are responsible for 49.6% of Wisconsin's total employment in September 2017. Eleven counties reported weekly wages averaging $649 or lower, 34 reported average wages of $650 to $749, 17 counties showed average wages of $750 to $849, and 10 reported average wages of $850 or higher, per the BLS.
Fastest Growing Wisconsin Career Opportunities
According to Wisconsin's WORKnet, careers with the most potential for growth during the 2014-2024 time period include the following. Several healthcare careers on on this list, as well as finance and even driving occupations:
|Occupation||Employment in 2014||Employment in 2024||Percentage Change|
|Operations Research Analysts||1,720||2,290||33.1%|
|Personal Care Aides||62,450||80,390||28.7%|
|Home Health Aides||7,330||9,380||28%|
|Computer Systems Analysts||14,630||18,680||27.7%|
|Personal Financial Advisors||5,000||6,310||26.2%|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||8,880||10,990||23.8%|
|Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs||5,990||7,370||23%|
|Interpreters and Translators||1,940||2,370||22.2%|
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, 2016-2026, for these high-growth fields in Wisconsin.
The following jobs are high-growth occupations listed by the DWD that show a salary above the state median, include sufficient job openings, and show percentage change from 2014 - 2024 to be greater than the Wisconsin state average.
|Profession||Typical Required Training||Median Salary in 2017 in Wisconsin|
|Registered Nurses||Bachelor's Degree||$65,150|
|Heavy and Tracker Trailer Truck Drivers||On-the-job training||$39,210|
|Sales Representatives||On-the-job training||$57,370|
|General and Operations Managers||Bachelor's Degree||$88,290|
|Maintenance and Repair Workers, General||On-the-job training||$37,920|
|First-Line Supervisors/Office and Administrative Support Workers||Associate Degree||$49,670|
|Accountants and Auditors||Bachelor's Degree||$61,710|
|Carpenters||High School diploma or equivalent||$44,350|
|Construction Laborers||On-the-Job training||$36,960|
|Market Research Analysts||Bachelor's Degree||$51,260|
|Software Developers||Bachelor's Degree||$82,010|
|Management Analysts||Bachelor's Degree||$71,230|
|Computer User Support Specialists||Associate Degree; on-the-job training||$45,690|