Careers in Demand

Promising Employment Opportunities in Northwest Minnesota

There are many great career opportunities, right here in northwest Minnesota! Career tracks with promising outlooks include healthcare, manufacturing and production, transportation, and technology, to name a few.

Using information from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the IMPACT 20/20 College Collaborative has pulled together a list of careers that are in strong demand now and over the next several years. All in all, 69 distinct careers have been identified, all of which have a positive outlook for employment in Northwest Minnesota.

Do I Need a College Degree?

Of the 69 careers we have identified, there are many that require some level of post-secondary (college) education, but there are also many that do not require anything beyond a high school diploma. Download the full list of 69 "Northwest Minnesota In-Demand Careers" here.

How Much Can I Earn?

The question of how much you can earn is a really good one. It is also difficult to answer. Part of the reason is that most jobs have a wage scale; $35,000 to $50,000 would be an example. Two people might be in the same career field, doing basically the same job. One will make $35,000 and the other one will make $50,000. What's the difference, you might ask? Well, often it depends on the amount of experience a person has and how long they've been in that particular job. The second thing to keep in mind is that jobs with a higher wage scale usually require some post-secondary (college) education. If you want to make more money, you should probably consider going on to college after you finish high school.