Jobs in Demand

This listing shows the most in-demand jobs, according to job openings posted on Wisconsin TechConnect, the online job listing service provided by Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges.

Number of Job Postings:  This is the number of full-time job openings posted by employers on TechConnect in 2017. This is by no means all the job openings in these careers, but it provides a good sample for which jobs are most in demand. Number in parentheses indicates 2016 rank.

Median Starting Salary:  This is the mid-point of wages for new graduates in each respective field, according to the 2016 WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. Half of all respondents were earning more than this amount and half of all respondents were earning less than this amount.

Occupation2017 Job Postings (Year-to-Date)2016 Job Postings (Rank)2015 Job Postings (Rank)Median Starting SalaryProgram Type
Nursing Assistant2,6053,336 (1)3,162 (1)$24,168Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional2,4812,308 (3)2,167 (3)$28,078Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)1,4512,533 (2)3,114 (2)$34,000Associate Degree
Electromechanical Technology1,4321,543 (5)1,454 (6)$50,415Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education1,3641,432 (6)1,395 (7)$22,940Associate Degree
Nursing - Associate Degree1,0381,583 (4)1,151 (9)$51,039Associate Degree
Accounting1,3661,245 (7)1,299 (8)$34,500Associate Degree
Truck Driving1,2471,243 (8)1,127 (10)$44,302Short-Term Program
Welding1,347781 (13)998 (11)$36,127Technical Diploma
Business Management8311,214 (9)1,547 (5)$31,328Associate Degree
Human Services Associate994931 (11)673 (16)$29,118Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation1,110613 (19)443 (27)$35,000Technical Diploma
Culinary Arts751916 (12)637 (17)$25,270Associate Degree
Medical Assistant933618 (18)691 (15)$29,284Technical Diploma
Machine Tooling Technics925582 (20)557 (20)$41,596Technical Diploma
Computer Support Specialist (IT)652770 (14)610 (18)$36,249Associate Degree
Banking and Financial Services650714 (16)365 (30)$30,160Associate Degree
Mechanical Design Technology640714 (15)768 (13)$45,000Associate Degree
Office Assistant529634 (17)827 (12)$23,399Technical Diploma
Industrial Maintenance Technician583543 (22)493 (23)$50,000Technical Diploma
Sales Representative550542 (23)310 (37)Technical Diploma
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)524450 (27)281 (43)$31,079Associate Degree
Management Development379564 (21)352 (31)$41,800Associate Degree
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician673262 (52)266 (46)$37,728Technical Diploma
Caregiver365497 (25)42 (198)Technical Diploma
Electronic Engineering Technology534285 (46)150 (77)$37,440Associate Degree
Practical Nursing386420 (29)347 (32)$37,437Technical Diploma
Supply Chain Management451355 (36)481 (24)$39,517Associate Degree
Network Specialist (IT)422376 (33)499 (22)$41,597Associate Degree
Criminal Justice Professional Studies610156 (89)45 (190)Associate Degree