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.

Occupation2018 Job Postings (Year-to-Date)2017 Job Postings (Rank)2016 Job Postings (Rank)Median Starting SalaryProgram Type
Nursing Assistant6472,670 (1)3,336 (1)$24,168Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional4812,583 (2)2,308 (3)$28,078Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)4621,495 (3)2,533 (2)$34,000Associate Degree
Electromechanical Technology3611,484 (4)1,540 (5)$50,415Associate Degree
Truck Driving4171,260 (8)1,243 (8)$44,302Short-Term Program
Accounting2801,389 (5)1,245 (7)$34,500Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education2691,378 (6)1,432 (6)$22,940Associate Degree
Welding2641,362 (7)781 (13)$36,127Technical Diploma
Nursing - Associate Degree3581,059 (10)1,583 (4)$51,039Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation2601,130 (9)613 (19)$35,000Technical Diploma
Human Services Associate1871,052 (11)931 (11)$29,118Associate Degree
Medical Assistant253917 (13)618 (18)$29,284Technical Diploma
Machine Tooling Technics128923 (12)582 (20)$41,596Technical Diploma
Business Management138869 (14)1,214 (9)$31,328Associate Degree
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician224686 (16)262 (52)$37,728Technical Diploma
Culinary Arts132753 (15)915 (12)$25,270Associate Degree
Mechanical Design Technology204643 (20)706 (16)$45,000Associate Degree
Criminal Justice Professional Studies192644 (19)156 (89)Associate Degree
Office Assistant232571 (23)634 (17)$23,399Technical Diploma
Banking and Financial Services134667 (17)714 (15)$30,160Associate Degree
Computer Support Specialist (IT)131666 (18)766 (14)$36,249Associate Degree
Sales Representative207574 (22)542 (23)Technical Diploma
Industrial Maintenance Technician145601 (21)543 (22)$50,000Technical Diploma
Aeronautics - Pilot Training70318 (287)22 (255)$25,000Associate Degree
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)132548 (25)450 (27)$31,079Associate Degree
Electronic Engineering Technology105552 (24)285 (45)$37,440Associate Degree
Machine Tool Technician135441 (27)264 (51)$41,597Technical Diploma
Supply Chain Management114456 (26)353 (36)$39,517Associate Degree
Practical Nursing141408 (30)420 (29)$37,437Technical Diploma
Network Specialist (IT)61440 (28)376 (33)$41,597Associate Degree