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.

Occupation2019 Job Postings (Year-to-Date)2018 Job Postings (Rank)2017 Job Postings (Rank)Median Starting SalaryProgram Type
Nursing Assistant1463,094 (1)2,670 (1)$26,752Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional881,882 (2)2,582 (2)$32,000Associate Degree
Truck Driving191,511 (3)1,260 (8)$45,000Short-Term Program
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)191,501 (4)1,495 (3)$35,500Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education441,279 (5)1,378 (6)$24,000Associate Degree
Nursing - Associate Degree331,247 (6)1,059 (10)$54,995Associate Degree
Welding631,192 (8)1,362 (7)$38,685Technical Diploma
Electromechanical Technology431,199 (7)1,484 (4)$50,000Associate Degree
Medical Assistant1071,106 (11)917 (13)$30,418Technical Diploma
Accounting401,168 (9)1,389 (5)$34,317Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation231,115 (10)1,130 (9)$39,387Technical Diploma
Human Services Associate371,090 (12)1,052 (11)$31,198Associate Degree
Office Assistant431,033 (13)571 (23)$31,198Technical Diploma
Criminal Justice Professional Studies55882 (14)644 (19)$43,736Associate Degree
Business Management27872 (15)869 (14)$36,397Associate Degree
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician39846 (16)686 (16)$37,978Technical Diploma
Aeronautics - Pilot Training758 (17)18 (285)$27,040Associate Degree
Culinary Arts23714 (18)753 (15)$28,078Associate Degree
Industrial Maintenance Technician (two-year technical diploma)41674 (21)601 (21)$53,855Technical Diploma
Mechanical Design Technology20687 (19)643 (20)$45,760Associate Degree
Manufacturing Basics3687 (20)259 (52)Short-Term Program
Computer Support Specialist (IT)33622 (23)666 (18)$37,437Associate Degree
Physical Therapist Assistant2643 (22)43 (197)$41,597Associate Degree
Machine Tooling Technics19559 (24)923 (12)$42,423Technical Diploma
Sales Representative10526 (25)574 (22)Technical Diploma
Practical Nursing12520 (26)408 (30)$36,501Technical Diploma
Machine Tool Technician16493 (27)441 (27)$38,997Technical Diploma
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)51430 (31)548 (25)$32,498Associate Degree
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician8473 (28)357 (37)$36,605Technical Diploma
Supply Chain Management12465 (29)456 (26)$38,000Associate Degree