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 Assistant3573,095 (1)2,670 (1)$26,752Short-Term Program
Administrative Professional2691,878 (2)2,582 (2)$32,000Associate Degree
Truck Driving1461,511 (3)1,260 (8)$45,000Short-Term Program
Early Childhood Education3571,279 (5)1,378 (6)$24,000Associate Degree
Marketing (Digital Marketing, Marketing Management)691,497 (4)1,495 (3)$35,500Associate Degree
Nursing - Associate Degree871,247 (6)1,059 (10)$54,995Associate Degree
Welding1401,192 (8)1,362 (7)$38,685Technical Diploma
Electromechanical Technology1241,201 (7)1,484 (4)$50,000Associate Degree
Medical Assistant1921,107 (11)917 (13)$30,418Technical Diploma
Accounting1201,168 (9)1,389 (5)$34,317Associate Degree
Human Services Associate1141,091 (12)1,052 (11)$31,198Associate Degree
Machine Tool Operation891,114 (10)1,130 (9)$39,387Technical Diploma
Office Assistant1081,033 (13)571 (23)$31,198Technical Diploma
Criminal Justice Professional Studies181882 (14)644 (19)$43,736Associate Degree
Business Management102876 (15)869 (14)$36,397Associate Degree
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician98846 (16)686 (16)$37,978Technical Diploma
Culinary Arts108714 (18)753 (15)$28,078Associate Degree
Aeronautics - Pilot Training758 (17)18 (285)$27,040Associate Degree
Industrial Maintenance Technician (two-year technical diploma)74675 (21)601 (21)$53,855Technical Diploma
Mechanical Design Technology62687 (19)643 (20)$45,760Associate Degree
Manufacturing Basics42687 (20)259 (52)Short-Term Program
Computer Support Specialist (IT)73622 (23)666 (18)$37,437Associate Degree
Physical Therapist Assistant4643 (22)43 (197)$41,597Associate Degree
Machine Tooling Technics60559 (24)923 (12)$42,423Technical Diploma
Sales Representative81527 (25)574 (22)Technical Diploma
Practical Nursing60520 (26)408 (30)$36,501Technical Diploma
Machine Tool Technician52493 (27)441 (27)$38,997Technical Diploma
Hospitality Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management)93432 (31)548 (25)$32,498Associate Degree
Supply Chain Management52465 (29)456 (26)$38,000Associate Degree
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician35473 (28)357 (37)$36,605Technical Diploma