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Health care jobs are four of top 10 jobs in demand in Minnesota

Feb 06, 2021 09:57AM ● By Editor
Photo: Nursing Times

From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development - February 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has updated its list of the top 30 jobs in demand now in Minnesota. You can see the list at

“Many of the jobs most in demand now are in fields with a significant potential for career growth,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “For example, entry level positions in health care and manufacturing offer a path up to well-paying, family sustaining careers as a person gains experience and training. And in many cases, employers provide on-the-job training to help dedicated employees grow in their careers.”

The Top 10 jobs most in demand in Minnesota according to the report include:

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Home Health and Personal Care Aides
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
  5. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  6. Nursing Assistants
  7. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
  8. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

In the listing of the top 30 jobs in demand on the website, people can see:

  • A short job description with a link to a page with more information and a video about the job
  • Wage range information specific to Minnesota
  • Current job openings that are sortable by geographic area to help people find work near them

This updated version of the jobs in demand listing incorporates data from DEED’s Occupations in Demand (OID) tool , which provides a comprehensive look at current demand, ranking occupations that have the most favorable conditions as measured by how large and prominent each occupation is, how many openings it has had since the start of the pandemic, and how many people have been laid off from same occupation, potentially increasing competition for open positions.

People out of work now may want to consider exploring a change to an in-demand job on a career path with projected strong employment growth into the future. Many health care occupations fit this description and often leverage transferable skills from other fields, including hospitality. View DEED’s new transferable skills fact sheet that highlights career path opportunities in health care that build on skills earned through work in restaurants and other hospitality fields.

DEED and its partners in CareerForce are ready to help Minnesotans with their job search or to make a career change, including through reskilling programs to help eligible people prepare for in-demand careers. CareerForce is the state’s official career exploration and job search resource and is available to help Minnesotans at no cost to them. CareerForce staff and partners have helped thousands of Minnesotans find work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CareerForce can help Minnesotans with: 

  • Exploring career options that match each person’s experience, interests and skill set 
  • Fine-tuning job search strategy and networking skills  
  • Updating resumes and improving interviewing skills 
  • Determining eligibility for tuition assistance or even free training through the Dislocated Worker program to help prepare for an in-demand job 
  • Determining eligibility for other support services to help a person find and keep a job
  • Connecting with jobs in demand and employers hiring now 

CareerForce services are available over the phone or online. Call 651-259-7501 to be connected with your local CareerForce location or visit to find contact information for a CareerForce location near you.