In-Demand Occupations


North Dakota In-Demand Occupations List

The in-demand occupations list was primarily created using long-term employment projections from the North Dakota Labor Market Information Center and supplemented by data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The list is reviewed and updated annually by the Workforce Development Council with assistance from Job Service North Dakota. The list is primarily comprised of occupations that typically require some postsecondary education up to and including a Bachelor’s degree.

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The factors used in creating the list are:
  • Total Employment (2019) 
  • Ten-year Numeric Job Growth (2016-2026)
  • Annualized Job Growth Rate (2016-2026)
  • Annual Job Openings (2016-2026)
  • Average Annual Wages (2019)
  • Essential and Emerging Occupations

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Elementary & Middle School Teacher

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Secondary School Teacher

Special Education Teacher (K-12)

Engineering and Architecture

Electrical Engineer

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician Engineers

Mechanical Engineer

Mining & Geological Engineer

Petroleum Engineer

Transportation Engineers


Accountant & Auditor

Compensation & Benefits Manager

Financial Analyst

Management Analyst

Market Research Analyst & Marketing Specialist

Personal Financial Advisors

Sales Agent, Securities, Commodities & Financial


Dental Hygienist

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical & Clinical Lab Technologist/Technician

MRI Technologist

Nurse Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Radiologic Technologist

Registered Nurse

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Information Technology


Clinical Data Manager

Computer Network Support Specialist

Computer Programmers

Computer System Analyst

Computer User Support Specialist

Database Administrators

Information Security Analyst

Intelligence Analysts

Operations Research Analyst

Software Developer (Applications)

Software Developer (Systems)

Software Quality Assurance Engineer & Tester


Computer & Information Systems Manager

Construction Manager

Financial Manager

General & Operations Manager

Marketing Manager

Medical & Health Services Manager

Social & Community Services Manager


Human Resources Specialist

Training & Development Specialist

Soil & & Plant Scientist


Sales Engineer

Sales Representative, Technical & Scientific

Skilled Trade

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians


Construction Building Inspectors

Electrical Powerline Installer & Repairer


Environmental Scientist & Specialist

Farm Equipment Mechanic & Service Technician


Gas Plant Operator

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Maintenance & Repair Worker

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Petroleum Pump System Operator, Refinery Operator & Gauger

Plumber, Pipefitter, & Steamfitter


Wind Turbine Technician

Social Services

Child, Family, & School Social Worker

Childcare Workers

Police Patrol Officers


Bus & Truck Mechanic

Commercial Pilots

Heavy & Tractor Trailer Truck Driver