by Rachel Vilsack
The Northeast Minnesota economy is projected to grow by 13.1 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to new data from the state’s Labor Market Information Office. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 20,350 new jobs across the region’s industry sectors, with even more jobs available as people retire or otherwise leave their professions.
Almost half of the new jobs in Northeast Minnesota between 2010 and 2020 will be in the education and health services industry. This sector is expected to add 9,970 jobs, a growth rate of 32 percent. Health care is the leading industry in the region, with a large number of jobs located in Duluth. The professional and business services (1,960 jobs) and construction (1,770 jobs) industries will also add significant numbers of jobs to the Northeast Minnesota region.
Growth in the manufacturing industry will be slower than average overall, although several sectors will experience a significant expansion in jobs, including transportation equipment (36 percent) and fabricated metal product (28 percent) manufacturing.
In terms of occupation, some of the fastest growing and highest paying professions in Northeast Minnesota are projected to include:
- Registered nurses
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
- Licensed practical nurses
- Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
- Industrial machinery mechanics
- Community and social service specialists
- Construction laborers
Remember that employment changes depend on the demand for goods and services, productivity advances, technological innovations, and shifts in business practices. These are often trends that analysts cannot predict. Researching industries (and occupations) before making a career decision is important.
To learn more about current occupations in demand, training opportunities, and local employers in Northeast Minnesota, visit Northland Works, your one-stop regional career site.