Overview of the Fastest Growing Wisconsin Careers

Whether you're getting ready to move to Wisconsin or simply looking for a career change, Wisconsin's fastest-growing career opportunities are a great place to start. Read on to discover promising Wisconsin careers in a variety of fields.

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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%
Web Developers 2,610 3,190 22.2%

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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
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