High Demand, High Pay – Part 2

by Rachel Vilsack

Earlier this week, we looked at the top 5 projected high demand jobs in Minnesota. In addition to registered nurses, truck drivers, manufacturing sales representatives, licensed practical nurses and office supervisors, which other occupations will be in demand?


To round out the top 10, here are five more projected high demand jobs in Minnesota:

  • Carpenters support Minnesota construction and manufacturing industries. With an average wage of $22.12 per hour, this profession is projected to grow by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020. Many construction-related occupations will expand rapidly over the next decade as the economy strengthens.  New entrants to this occupation may face competition as many skilled workers laid off during the recession are also seeking employment. A formal training or apprenticeship program is common in this field.
  • Electricians, like carpenters, primarily work in the construction and manufacturing industries in Minnesota.  Over 6,200 job openings are projected in this field between 2010 and 2020. The average wage for electricians is $28.50 per hour, reflective of the extensive apprenticeship training required.  Nationally, many electricians are self-employed and own their own business.
  • Service sales representatives, much like manufacturing sales representatives, work with a business to sell their services to others.  With 5,700 openings anticipated over 10 years, prospective workers in this field will need strong communication and persuasion skills. Sales representatives receive an average wage of $29.05 per hour. Educational requirements may vary by employer.
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists help businesses use data to make decisions. The profession is frequently employed by technical consulting firms and company headquarters, with an average wage of $33.36 per hour.  A Bachelor’s degree is often the minimum requirement for market research jobs, with coursework in business, marketing, math, psychology, and economics.  An estimated 4,800 jobs will be open between 2010 and 2020.
  • Plumbers and pipefitters will be needed as the construction and home-building sector rebound from the recent recession. Almost 4,800 openings are projected during the decade, with an average wage of $30.81. Again, apprenticeship training programs are common.


Employment projections data for many additional occupations are available from the state’s Labor Market Information Office. Between 2010 and 2020, it’s estimated that there will be over one million total job openings across the state. Understanding employment trends can help students with their education and training plans and inform job seekers in career transition as to which fields will see the most long-term job opportunities.


3 thoughts on “High Demand, High Pay – Part 2

  1. Jamie Buss July 16, 2012 / 8:08 am

    For anyone considering an apprenticeship, ISEEK offers lots of great basic information about  apprenticeships, plus the ability to search for apprenticeship sponsors (by occupation, and by region). Use this tool to find contact details so that you can learn more, find current openings, and even apply! Check out http://www.iseek.org/education/educationSearch#tab-search-appr  . ISEEK gets the data from DLI quarterly, so it's pretty fresh. 


  2. Rachel Vilsack July 2, 2012 / 11:36 am

    Thanks Barbara for your comment! You're right, it is encouraging to see the high number of jobs projected in Minnesota's future. While these projections are useful to students and people in job transition as they make decisions on their career futures, it's still important to select a career path that speaks to your skills, knowledge and abilities. And one that you hopefully enjoy doing, too!
    Good luck to you!


  3. Barbara Johnson July 2, 2012 / 10:29 am

    I am a student getting my masters and even though I am not going into any of the fields mentioned it is very encourging and hopfull to see that there are such a high number projected new jobs in the horizon.


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