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 Assistant9583,095 (1)2,670 (1)$26,752Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional5911,878 (2)2,582 (2)$32,000Associate Degree
Truck Driving4571,511 (3)1,260 (8)$45,000Short-Term Program
Early Childhood Education6431,279 (5)1,378 (6)$24,000Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)2731,497 (4)1,495 (3)$35,500Associate Degree
Welding4101,192 (8)1,362 (7)$38,685Technical Diploma
Medical Assistant4661,083 (12)917 (13)$30,418Technical Diploma
Nursing - Associate Degree2691,246 (6)1,059 (10)$54,995Associate Degree
Electromechanical Technology2951,200 (7)1,484 (4)$50,000Associate Degree
Accounting3111,169 (9)1,389 (5)$34,317Associate Degree
Criminal Justice Professional Studies538882 (14)644 (19)$43,736Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation2961,114 (10)1,130 (9)$39,387Technical Diploma
Human Services Associate2961,091 (11)1,052 (11)$31,198Associate Degree
Office Assistant2541,032 (13)571 (23)$31,198Technical Diploma
Business Management226876 (15)869 (14)$36,397Associate Degree
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician212846 (16)686 (16)$37,978Technical Diploma
Culinary Arts232714 (18)753 (15)$28,078Associate Degree
Industrial Maintenance Technician (two-year technical diploma)210675 (21)601 (21)$53,855Technical Diploma
Mechanical Design Technology177687 (19)643 (20)$45,760Associate Degree
Computer Support Specialist (IT)176622 (23)666 (18)$37,437Associate Degree
Aeronautics - Pilot Training30758 (17)18 (285)$27,040Associate Degree
Manufacturing Basics84687 (20)259 (52)Short-Term Program
Machine Tooling Technics165559 (24)923 (12)$42,423Technical Diploma
Sales Representative138527 (25)574 (22)Technical Diploma
Physical Therapist Assistant7643 (22)43 (197)$41,597Associate Degree
Practical Nursing118518 (26)408 (30)$36,501Technical Diploma
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)198432 (31)548 (25)$32,498Associate Degree
Electronic Engineering Technology193428 (32)552 (24)$42,598Associate Degree
Machine Tool Technician116493 (27)441 (27)$38,997Technical Diploma
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician121473 (28)357 (37)$36,605Technical Diploma