Is help on the way?

Possibly: 26 out of 30 Minnesota jobs in demand right now don’t require a four-year degree.

With COVID-19 magnifying the workforce challenges that existed before the virus, many Minnesota employers are still in need of people to fill jobs in top demand. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently published a list of the top 30 jobs in demand in the state based on job postings through its #GoodJobsNow campaign. Twenty-six out of the 30 jobs require less than a four-year degree, showing that there are in-demand positions in important sectors of the state’s economy ready right away for people looking for work. From registered nurses to medical assistants and truck drivers to first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, the list is regularly updated to reflect new job postings.

Each in-demand job listing includes a description of the position and a short video that shows a “day in the life” of the occupation. General statewide wage data, required education, and job search platforms to help interested Minnesotans start finding open jobs are also provided. An interactive map for each job listing shows job demand, wage ranges, and cost of living information for each region across the state.

To the right are the top 30 jobs in demand, their wage ranges and required education. To find out more about other in-demand industries that don’t require a four-year degree, check out the Center’s “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” project at