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%|
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)