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 Assistant2,2983,336 (1)3,162 (1)$24,168Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional2,0882,308 (3)2,167 (3)$28,078Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)1,2312,533 (2)3,114 (2)$34,000Associate Degree
Electromechanical Technology1,2781,569 (5)1,454 (6)$50,415Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education1,1751,432 (6)1,395 (7)$22,940Associate Degree
Nursing - Associate Degree8721,583 (4)1,151 (9)$51,039Associate Degree
Accounting1,0981,245 (7)1,299 (8)$34,500Associate Degree
Truck Driving1,0971,243 (8)1,127 (10)$44,302Short-Term Program
Business Management7061,214 (9)1,547 (5)$31,328Associate Degree
Welding1,083781 (13)998 (11)$36,127Technical Diploma
Human Services Associate836931 (11)673 (16)$29,118Associate Degree
Culinary Arts658916 (12)637 (17)$25,270Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation949613 (19)443 (27)$35,000Technical Diploma
Machine Tooling Technics878582 (20)557 (20)$41,596Technical Diploma
Medical Assistant715618 (18)691 (15)$29,284Technical Diploma
Computer Support Specialist (IT)553770 (14)610 (18)$36,249Associate Degree
Mechanical Design Technology555714 (16)768 (13)$45,000Associate Degree
Banking and Financial Services547714 (15)365 (30)$30,160Associate Degree
Industrial Maintenance Technician483543 (22)493 (23)$50,000Technical Diploma
Sales Representative445542 (23)310 (37)Technical Diploma
Office Assistant339634 (17)827 (12)$23,399Technical Diploma
Management Development345566 (21)352 (31)$41,800Associate Degree
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)450450 (27)281 (43)$31,079Associate Degree
Caregiver312497 (25)42 (198)Technical Diploma
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician514262 (52)266 (46)$37,728Technical Diploma
Electronic Engineering Technology484284 (46)150 (77)$37,440Associate Degree
Network Specialist (IT)380376 (33)499 (22)$41,597Associate Degree
Practical Nursing326420 (29)347 (32)$37,437Technical Diploma
Supply Chain Management388355 (36)481 (24)$39,517Associate Degree
Construction and Remodeling335377 (32)276 (44)$31,198Technical Diploma