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Minnesota Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Minnesota Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Minnesota, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Floor sanders and finishers$45,06025014.3
2Audio-visual collections specialists$52,66683013.4
3Umpires, referees, and other sports officials$31,5005808.0
4Semiconductor processors$31,9802,9207.9
5Food scientists and technologists$72,0604907.6
6Gaming and sports book writers and runners$17,7001,0007.6
7Religious workers$34,4802606.4
8Automotive glass installers and repairers$41,3703505.1
9Foresters$55,7652004.7
10Biomedical engineers$70,2705404.6
11Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary$64,4002104.6
12Air traffic controllers$114,7805804.4
13Model makers, metal and plastic$45,9101404.2
14Epidemiologists$64,6401004.1
15Soil and plant scientists$64,8802003.7
16Dancers(varies)4903.7
17Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$75,4103903.7
18Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$27,0159203.6
19Photographic process workers$28,9607603.3
20Mechanical engineering technicians$48,8901,9303.2
21Hydrologists$67,2402403.1
22Engineering technicians, except drafters$45,1932,7603.1
23Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators$70,9401203.1
24Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles$25,2204103.1
25Life scientists$51,9003703.0
26Writers and authors$46,6371,7403.0
27Computer specialists$58,1975,4402.8
28Industrial engineering technicians$40,3362,4602.8
29Costume attendants$31,0001102.7
30Appraisers and assessors of real estate$56,7271,7802.6
31Earth drillers, except oil and gas$38,7101702.6
32Eligibility interviewers, government programs$39,4301,8102.5
33Grounds maintenance workers$34,9301602.5
34Medical equipment preparers$29,0531,3602.5
35Motorcycle mechanics$34,7902802.5
36Personal and home care aides$21,23719,8402.5
37Tree trimmers and pruners$40,8303002.5
38Communications teachers, postsecondary$49,3805302.5
39Business operations specialists$47,57738,0902.4
40Chiropractors$78,7437002.4
41Zoologists and wildlife biologists$52,2602602.4
42Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers$28,8601602.4
43Elevator installers and repairers$51,3306002.4
44Aerospace engineering and operations technicians$65,5801302.4
45Sales and related workers$37,6226,6402.4
46Surgeons$192,0301,2602.4
47Materials scientists$77,0201002.3
48Medical transcriptionists$31,1772,9302.3
49Conservation scientists$53,2302502.3
50Numerical tool and process control programmers$49,7304502.3
51Medical equipment repairers$43,6058002.3
52Community and social service specialists$35,7773,3802.3
53Personal care and service workers$20,0331,6902.3
54Motion picture projectionists$17,3702302.3
55Stationary engineers and boiler operators$48,6571,2002.3
56Psychologists$57,3101502.3
57Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary$54,6602702.2
58Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders$36,9702,6902.2
59Dental laboratory technicians$42,0851,2402.2
60Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders$40,3253802.2
61Amusement and recreation attendants$16,0067,2602.2
62Human resources managers$88,5302,1002.2
63Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary$53,1051,8202.2
64Proofreaders and copy markers$33,9603702.2
65Desktop publishers$36,2367802.1
66Loan interviewers and clerks$30,1776,2202.1
67Biological scientists$57,6106602.1
68Protective service workers$31,2554,4602.1
69Social and human service assistants$25,9229,8902.1
70First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers$31,0404,2202.0
71Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,7601,0002.0
72Law teachers, postsecondary$108,5701702.0
73Prepress technicians and workers$37,7062,0402.0
74Optometrists$113,4004902.0
75Market research analysts$57,2226,4302.0
76Pediatricians, general$152,9605001.9
77Production workers$28,2677,3801.9
78Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators$45,9801701.9
79Assemblers and fabricators$23,8675,3801.9
80Computer software engineers, applications$72,04715,4501.9
81Food preparation and serving related workers$18,6151,3201.9
82Bindery workers$26,4801,6401.9
83Education teachers, postsecondary$58,2108901.9
84Drafters$45,9803101.9
85Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers$33,6006301.9
86Insulation workers, mechanical$70,6102301.9
87Mechanical drafters$41,2021,9301.8
88Natural sciences managers$90,3501,0701.8
89Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,4403,3901.8
90Art directors$63,6608801.8
91Printing machine operators$35,2355,5201.8
92Court, municipal, and license clerks$34,0601,9401.8
93Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic$32,8603,2301.8
94Operations research analysts$63,7251,3901.8
95Forest and conservation technicians$34,1002601.8
96Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$56,2103401.8
97Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$27,2631,5701.8
98Opticians, dispensing$28,1921,7001.7
99Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$45,7205,0801.7
100Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary$48,9804201.7

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Minnesota

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Minnesota are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons66,590$22,4170.9
2Office clerks, general54,240$25,5751.1
3Cashiers46,360$16,9170.8
4Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food39,460$15,8601.1
5Business operations specialists38,090$47,5772.4
6Waiters and waitresses36,360$17,6601.0
7Registered nurses33,280$58,3950.9
8Customer service representatives32,220$29,8000.9
9Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners30,540$22,6250.9
10Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products28,220$50,4051.2
11Stock clerks and order fillers28,100$22,0371.1
12General and operations managers27,440$89,4121.0
13Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand25,720$24,2000.7
14Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks25,490$30,1820.9
15Executive secretaries and administrative assistants24,380$36,6771.0
16Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer21,570$37,1270.9
17First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers21,520$42,1800.9
18Teacher assistants20,570$21,9151.1
19Team assemblers20,390$26,7801.2
20Accountants and auditors20,080$52,2551.1
21Personal and home care aides19,840$21,2372.5
22Receptionists and information clerks18,780$23,9571.0
23Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants17,410$25,0070.8
24Carpenters17,120$39,8201.1
25Elementary school teachers, except special education16,800$46,4050.8
26Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education15,790$45,2021.1
27First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers15,560$33,5970.9
28Computer software engineers, applications15,450$72,0471.9
29Home health aides13,160$21,1851.3
30Cooks, restaurant13,030$19,9371.0
31Truck drivers, light or delivery services12,660$26,8320.8
32Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks12,350$26,9421.0
33Packers and packagers, hand12,260$19,9160.9
34First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers12,180$25,7501.0
35Maids and housekeeping cleaners11,940$19,3070.9
36Maintenance and repair workers, general11,730$35,0700.6
37First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers11,460$47,5151.1
38Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses11,110$35,7201.0
39Security guards10,960$25,2900.6
40Bartenders10,490$17,6751.4
41Food preparation workers10,170$19,9470.7
42Financial managers9,980$93,2021.2
43Social and human service assistants9,890$25,9222.1
44Sales representatives, services9,710$52,9351.4
45Helpers--production workers9,540$24,5321.3
46Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education9,260$44,4361.1
47First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers9,220$56,7601.0
48Lawyers9,140$95,3121.0
49Managers9,110$85,8871.6
50Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive8,890$32,1070.3
51Landscaping and groundskeeping workers8,830$25,0050.6
52Construction laborers8,810$36,3700.6
53Computer support specialists8,690$41,2621.0
54Industrial truck and tractor operators8,300$31,5020.9
55Driver/sales workers8,290$23,5971.3
56Electricians8,280$53,9950.8
57Automotive service technicians and mechanics8,150$35,2170.8
58Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters8,080$55,4651.2
59Management analysts7,930$64,0951.0
60Computer and information systems managers7,810$95,3921.7
61Computer systems analysts7,780$63,1470.9
62First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers7,500$68,1521.5
63Production workers7,380$28,2671.9
64Loan officers7,370$57,9101.4
65Billing and posting clerks and machine operators7,300$30,9250.9
66Amusement and recreation attendants7,260$16,0062.2
67First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers7,030$53,1421.0
68Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators6,970$46,2671.3
69Dishwashers6,940$15,7120.9
70Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents6,900$77,5451.7
71Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists6,850$26,0121.2
72Sales managers6,740$96,0221.2
73Tellers6,720$22,6820.8
74Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products6,660$64,9301.1
75Counter and rental clerks6,660$19,8950.9
76Sales and related workers6,640$37,6222.4
77Medical secretaries6,620$30,6731.3
78Machinists6,600$36,8521.2
79Bus drivers, school6,570$28,4571.1
80Market research analysts6,430$57,2222.0
81Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop6,280$16,4200.8
82Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders6,270$25,3721.1
83Loan interviewers and clerks6,220$30,1772.1
84Bill and account collectors6,060$30,2460.9
85Office and administrative support workers6,030$27,2201.4
86Network and computer systems administrators5,840$55,8251.2
87Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers5,650$32,1520.7
88Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers5,600$35,7521.1
89Computer software engineers, systems software5,590$70,6001.1
90Printing machine operators5,520$35,2351.8
91Computer specialists5,440$58,1972.8
92Preschool teachers, except special education5,400$30,7171.0
93Assemblers and fabricators5,380$23,8671.9
94Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop5,310$16,2021.0
95Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists5,080$45,7201.7
96Police and sheriff's patrol officers5,070$47,8420.6
97Medical assistants5,060$28,3350.8
98Cleaners of vehicles and equipment5,050$21,1400.9
99Mechanical engineers5,000$64,2351.4
100Data entry keyers4,840$26,3851.0

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