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 (2021) 
  • Ten-year Numeric Job Growth (2020-2030)
  • Annualized Job Growth Rate (2020-2030)
  • Annual Job Openings (2020-2030)
  • Average Annual Wages (2021)
  • Essential and Emerging Occupations

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  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
  • Teachers
    • Secondary School Teachers
    • Elementary School Teachers
    • Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
    • Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
    • Special Education Teachers
      • Kindergarten, Elementary, Secondary School
    • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
    • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary
Engineering and Architecture

Civil Engineers

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Electrical Engineers

Mechanical Engineers

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Financial Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Statisticians
  • Tax Preparers

Athletic Trainers

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Massage Therapists

Medical Assistants

Nursing Assistants


  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Registered Nurses

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy Assistants


Physical Therapist Assistants

Psychiatric Aides

Respiratory Therapists

Skincare Specialists

Technologists & Technicians

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Information Technology

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer Network Support Specialists

Computer Programmers

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer User Support Specialists

Intelligence Analysts

Information Security Analysts

Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers



Construction Managers

General and Operations Managers

Industrial Production Managers

Medical and Health Services Managers

Sales Managers


Compliance Officers

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Specialists

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Public Relations Specialists

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Training and Development Specialists



Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Skilled Trade

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Butchers and Meat Cutters


Chefs and Head Cooks

Crane and Tower Operators

Diesel Technician

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians



Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers


Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Power Plant Operators

Precision Agriculture Technicians

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Social Services

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Childcare Workers

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

Healthcare Social Workers

Marriage and Family Therapists

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and Human Service Assistants

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors


Commercial Pilots

Heavy & Tractor Trailer Truck Driver