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Top 200 Popular Jobs in Minnesota

What professions have the highest employment in Minnesota? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in Minnesota. We note that the total employment in Minnesota is 2,730,020. The most popular job is the retail salesperson profession, which employs 85,810 people (3.14 percent of the total employment in Minnesota). The second most common job is the combined food preparation and serving worker, including fast food profession which employs 63,760 people (2.34 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in Minnesota is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in Minnesota

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
2,730,020
100.00% $38,070
2 Retail Salespersons
85,810
3.14% $20,510
3 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
63,760
2.34% $17,960
4 Personal Care Aides
60,450
2.21% $22,540
5 Cashiers
60,410
2.21% $19,070
6 Registered Nurses
56,000
2.05% $71,030
7 Office Clerks, General
54,770
2.01% $31,170
8 Customer Service Representatives
54,030
1.98% $35,150
9 Waiters and Waitresses
48,090
1.76% $17,810
10 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
42,570
1.56% $24,730
11 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
36,770
1.35% $37,630
12 General and Operations Managers
36,390
1.33% $87,060
13 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
33,760
1.24% $27,520
14 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
33,630
1.23% $41,410
15 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
32,790
1.20% $24,130
16 Teacher Assistants
30,830
1.13% $29,690
17 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
30,790
1.13% $62,100
18 Home Health Aides
30,160
1.10% $23,560
19 Nursing Assistants
29,320
1.07% $26,990
20 Other Business Operations Specialists
28,580
1.05% $60,260
21 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
27,040
0.99% $57,250
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
26,480
0.97% $37,210
23 Accountants and Auditors
24,490
0.90% $62,780
24 Restaurant Cooks
23,850
0.87% $23,280
25 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
23,140
0.85% $51,980
26 Team Assemblers
20,670
0.76% $29,290
27 Receptionists and Information Clerks
20,220
0.74% $28,450
28 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
20,220
0.74% $36,650
29 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
20,050
0.73% $40,990
30 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
19,190
0.70% $57,680
31 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
18,470
0.68% $47,790
32 Other Sales Representatives
17,980
0.66% $53,210
33 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
17,680
0.65% $41,760
34 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
17,260
0.63% $21,080
35 Bartenders
16,990
0.62% $18,180
36 Social and Human Service Assistants
15,260
0.56% $31,180
37 Financial Managers
14,890
0.55% $113,620
38 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
14,770
0.54% $28,760
39 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
14,030
0.51% $32,300
40 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
13,990
0.51% $25,120
41 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
13,860
0.51% $32,770
42 Computer Systems Analysts
13,660
0.50% $84,840
43 Carpenters
13,060
0.48% $44,620
44 Computer User Support Specialists
12,990
0.48% $49,080
45 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
12,670
0.46% $32,600
46 Sales Managers
12,650
0.46% $106,950
47 Human Resources Specialists
12,180
0.45% $54,080
48 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
12,140
0.44% $56,130
49 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
12,140
0.44% $63,200
50 Packers and Packagers
12,070
0.44% $21,520
51 Other Assemblers and Fabricators
12,070
0.44% $31,750
52 Applications Software Developers
11,890
0.44% $90,000
53 Helpers--Production Workers
11,730
0.43% $21,400
54 Management Analysts
11,590
0.42% $75,470
55 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
11,520
0.42% $18,100
56 Machinists
11,050
0.40% $44,830
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
10,980
0.40% $36,450
58 Security Guards
10,850
0.40% $27,700
59 Childcare Workers
10,720
0.39% $22,200
60 Lawyers
10,460
0.38% $111,050
61 Electricians
10,400
0.38% $59,330
62 Billing and Posting Clerks
10,250
0.38% $35,940
63 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
10,210
0.37% $22,620
64 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
9,960
0.36% $28,040
65 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
9,830
0.36% $34,920
66 Computer and Information Systems Managers
9,820
0.36% $121,410
67 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
9,600
0.35% $56,560
68 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
9,470
0.35% $54,210
69 Construction Laborers
9,200
0.34% $41,010
70 Other Computer Occupations
9,140
0.33% $72,580
71 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
9,060
0.33% $61,070
72 Systems Software Developers
8,990
0.33% $97,240
73 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
8,740
0.32% $68,160
74 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
8,710
0.32% $36,910
75 Medical Secretaries
8,590
0.31% $39,320
76 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
8,590
0.31% $76,750
77 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
8,580
0.31% $39,690
78 Medical Assistants
8,580
0.31% $34,130
79 Chief Executives
8,470
0.31% $165,470
80 Food Preparation Workers
8,460
0.31% $22,770
81 Tellers
8,250
0.30% $24,430
82 Dishwashers
7,960
0.29% $18,590
83 Slaughterers and Meat Packers
7,810
0.29% $27,420
84 Industrial Engineers
7,810
0.29% $81,650
85 Loan Officers
7,770
0.28% $67,620
86 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
7,650
0.28% $26,850
87 Marketing Managers
7,530
0.28% $119,370
88 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
7,510
0.28% $33,000
89 Recreation Workers
7,470
0.27% $24,000
90 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
7,330
0.27% $23,490
91 Administrative Services Managers
7,320
0.27% $80,010
92 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
7,130
0.26% $68,460
93 Driver/Sales Workers
7,120
0.26% $20,190
94 Computer Programmers
7,040
0.26% $73,520
95 Other Production Workers
6,890
0.25% $30,130
96 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
6,830
0.25% $61,090
97 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
6,820
0.25% $32,700
98 Pharmacy Technicians
6,800
0.25% $31,210
99 Mechanical Engineers
6,710
0.25% $79,300
100 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
6,690
0.25% $21,630
101 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
6,680
0.24% $18,140
102 Substitute Teachers
6,650
0.24% $30,520
103 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
6,580
0.24% $31,180
104 Sales and Related Workers, All Other
6,410
0.23% $42,110
105 Bill and Account Collectors
6,230
0.23% $34,390
106 Medical and Health Services Managers
6,190
0.23% $91,510
107 Postal Service Mail Carriers
6,180
0.23% $55,670
108 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
6,120
0.22% $44,870
109 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
6,110
0.22% $59,390
110 Financial Analysts
5,990
0.22% $76,310
111 Insurance Sales Agents
5,970
0.22% $55,680
112 Counter and Rental Clerks
5,820
0.21% $20,860
113 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
5,810
0.21% $51,860
114 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
5,760
0.21% $38,560
115 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
5,750
0.21% $18,750
116 Firefighters
5,740
0.21% $28,710
117 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
5,660
0.21% $58,910
118 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
5,640
0.21% $90,070
119 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
5,480
0.20% $46,240
120 Dental Assistants
5,460
0.20% $42,910
121 Graphic Designers
5,420
0.20% $48,430
122 Printing Press Operators
5,410
0.20% $41,330
123 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
5,400
0.20% $32,770
124 Parts Salespersons
5,360
0.20% $30,850
125 Training and Development Specialists
5,360
0.20% $56,200
126 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
5,320
0.19% $67,810
127 Industrial Production Managers
5,240
0.19% $90,970
128 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
5,170
0.19% $50,700
129 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
5,140
0.19% $20,280
130 Pharmacists
5,110
0.19% $126,840
131 Highway Maintenance Workers
5,050
0.18% $44,560
132 Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
5,020
0.18% $51,370
133 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
4,900
0.18% $18,410
134 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
4,820
0.18% $61,650
135 Computer Network Architects
4,790
0.18% $94,120
136 Compliance Officers
4,650
0.17% $69,510
137 Other Community and Social Service Specialists
4,590
0.17% $43,220
138 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
4,570
0.17% $38,910
139 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
4,550
0.17% $36,920
140 Dental Hygienists
4,540
0.17% $71,110
141 Correctional Officers and Jailers
4,510
0.17% $46,420
142 Telemarketers
4,440
0.16% $26,110
143 Unknown
4,330
0.16% $31,330
144 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
4,310
0.16% $32,980
145 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
4,230
0.15% $36,270
146 Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
4,190
0.15% $45,680
147 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
4,140
0.15% $44,390
148 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
4,120
0.15% $24,040
149 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
4,090
0.15% $74,100
150 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
4,080
0.15% $34,730
151 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
4,060
0.15% $52,880
152 Cost Estimators
4,050
0.15% $59,070
153 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
4,020
0.15% $39,590
154 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
4,010
0.15% $42,250
155 Personal Financial Advisors
4,000
0.15% $74,110
156 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
3,970
0.15% $32,830
157 Architectural and Engineering Managers
3,960
0.15% $129,110
158 Human Resources Managers
3,960
0.15% $97,680
159 Other Physicians and Surgeons
3,930
0.14% n/a
160 Property, Real Estate Managers
3,930
0.14% $54,580
161 Radiologic Technologists
3,910
0.14% $62,960
162 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
3,830
0.14% $62,570
163 Civil Engineers
3,820
0.14% $80,970
164 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
3,810
0.14% $49,350
165 Legal Secretaries
3,770
0.14% $46,300
166 Food Processing Workers, All Other
3,760
0.14% $26,770
167 Physical Therapists
3,760
0.14% $76,870
168 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
3,710
0.14% $42,410
169 Food Service Managers
3,700
0.14% $46,530
170 Data Entry Keyers
3,650
0.13% $30,380
171 Coaches and Scouts
3,610
0.13% $31,250
172 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
3,610
0.13% $58,260
173 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
3,570
0.13% $38,940
174 Painters, Construction and Maintenance
3,520
0.13% $37,500
175 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
3,510
0.13% $63,500
176 Postsecondary Education Administrators
3,480
0.13% $80,210
177 Electrical Engineers
3,400
0.12% $87,380
178 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
3,330
0.12% $34,300
179 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
3,330
0.12% $73,770
180 Computer Network Support Specialists
3,310
0.12% $59,220
181 Bakers
3,300
0.12% $27,080
182 Public Relations Specialists
3,290
0.12% $55,730
183 Other Healthcare Support Workers
3,280
0.12% $35,260
184 Editors
3,270
0.12% $51,380
185 Construction Managers
3,270
0.12% $85,720
186 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
3,260
0.12% n/a
187 Information and Record Clerks, All Other
3,250
0.12% $40,220
188 Flight Attendants
3,240
0.12% $43,380
189 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
3,160
0.12% $54,770
190 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
3,150
0.12% $25,170
191 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
3,140
0.12% $44,860
192 Web Developers
3,140
0.12% $62,680
193 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
3,130
0.11% $58,480
194 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
3,090
0.11% $49,660
195 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
3,070
0.11% $100,840
196 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
3,040
0.11% $52,420
197 Mental Health Counselors
3,030
0.11% $44,180
198 Print Binding and Finishing Workers
3,010
0.11% $35,690
199 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
3,000
0.11% $20,100
200 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
2,980
0.11% $32,800

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