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. This is by no means all the job openings in these careers, but it provides a good sample of which jobs are most in demand. The number in parentheses indicates the rank for each year.

Median Starting Salary — This is the mid-point of wages for new graduates in each respective field, according to the 2017 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 Assistant2,6062,670 (1)3,336 (1)$24,168Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional1,7262,582 (2)2,308 (3)$28,078Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)1,4521,495 (3)2,533 (2)$34,000Associate Degree
Truck Driving1,4211,260 (8)1,242 (8)$44,302Short-Term Program
Electromechanical Technology1,1281,484 (4)1,539 (5)$50,415Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education1,1801,378 (6)1,432 (6)$22,940Associate Degree
Welding1,1411,362 (7)781 (13)$36,127Technical Diploma
Accounting1,0491,389 (5)1,245 (7)$34,500Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation1,0631,130 (9)613 (19)$35,000Technical Diploma
Nursing - Associate Degree1,1241,059 (10)1,583 (4)$51,039Associate Degree
Human Services Associate1,0071,052 (11)931 (11)$29,118Associate Degree
Medical Assistant964917 (13)618 (18)$29,284Technical Diploma
Business Management779869 (14)1,209 (9)$31,328Associate Degree
Office Assistant997571 (23)634 (17)$23,399Technical Diploma
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician803686 (16)262 (52)$37,728Technical Diploma
Criminal Justice Professional Studies826644 (19)156 (89)Associate Degree
Machine Tooling Technics521923 (12)582 (20)$41,596Technical Diploma
Culinary Arts681753 (15)915 (12)$25,270Associate Degree
Mechanical Design Technology653643 (20)706 (16)$45,000Associate Degree
Computer Support Specialist (IT)579666 (18)766 (14)$36,249Associate Degree
Industrial Maintenance Technician (two-year technical diploma)630601 (21)543 (22)$50,000Technical Diploma
Sales Representative506574 (22)542 (23)Technical Diploma
Banking and Financial Services402667 (17)714 (15)$30,160Associate Degree
Electronic Engineering Technology396552 (24)285 (45)$37,440Associate Degree
Manufacturing Basics679259 (52)Short-Term Program
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)376548 (25)450 (27)$31,079Associate Degree
Machine Tool Technician465441 (27)264 (51)$41,597Technical Diploma
Supply Chain Management433456 (26)353 (36)$39,517Associate Degree
Practical Nursing473408 (30)420 (29)$37,437Technical Diploma
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician420357 (37)362 (35)$39,517Technical Diploma