Jobs in Demand

This listing shows the most in-demand jobs, according to job openings posted on 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 2015. 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 2014 rank.

Median Starting Salary:  This is the mid-point of wages for new graduates in each respective field, according to the 2015 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.

Occcupation (2014 Rank)

2015 Job postings

2014 Job postings

Median starting salary

Program Type

1. Nursing Assistant (2)

3,181

2,303

$24,168

Short-term

2. Marketing (1)

3,125

3,334

$34,000

Associate degree

3. Administrative Professional (4)

2,166

1,625

$29,640

Associate degree

4. Criminal Justice - Law Enforce. (9)

1,603

1,078

$40,891

Associate degree

5. Business Management (8)

1,553

1,221

$33,389

Associate degree

6. Electro-Mechanical Technology (5)

1,454

1,418

$50,415

Associate degree

7. Early Childhood Education (7)

1,394

1,266

$22,940

Associate degree

8. Accounting (10)

1,299

1,070

$34,500

Associate degree

9. Nursing Associate Degree (19)

1,160

511

$51,039

Associate degree

10. Truck Driving (6)

1,133

1,390

$44,302

Short-term

11. Welding/Metal Fabrication (3)

998

1,653

$36,919

Short-term

12. Office Assistant (21)

827

474

$27,558

Technical diploma

13. Mechanical Design Tech. (13)

768

729

$45,000

Associate degree

14. Medical Assistant (28)

691

337

$29,284

Technical diploma

15. Human Services Associate (12)

674

902

$29,118

Associate degree

16. Culinary Arts (15)

637

563

$25,270

Associate degree

17. Computer Support Specialist (16)

612

545

$36,249

Associate degree

18. Software Developer (24)

582

396

$42,000

Associate degree

19. Machine Tool Tech - CNC (11)

557

1,006

$41,597

Technical diploma

20. Network Specialist (22)

501

459

$41,597

Associate degree

21. Printing (25)

500

383

$21,838

Technical diploma

22. Industrial Maintenance Tech. (14)

493

659

$47,951

Technical diploma

23. Electrical Engineering Tech. (30)

493

334

$41,005

Associate degree

24. Supply Chain Management (23)

488

448

$39,517

Associate degree

25. IT- Help Desk Support Spec. (47)

454

203

$30,158

Short-term

26. Automotive Technician (18)

442

528

$28,754

Technical diploma

27. Machine Tool Operation (17)

440

528

$35,000

Technical diploma

28. Diesel & Heavy Equip. Tech. (20)

414

495

$39,517

Technical diploma

29. Food Service Production (39)

397

265

$21,838

Short-term

30. Banking & Finance Services (36)

363

294

$30,160

Technical diploma