Top Projected Occupations in Wisconsin

It’s important to understand where the jobs are when exploring careers. While every student will have different interests, it’s still good to have a realistic understanding of what’s available in the state. Below are some data on projected high-growth occupations and job growth in Wisconsin from the WorkNet website. These “hot jobs” are good areas of focus when it comes to exposing young people to career options. 

HOT JOBS IN WISCONSIN OVER NEXT 10 YEARS:

Projected Job Growth 2014 – 2024 For Statewide
Occupation Estimated Employment Change Percent Change # Openings
2014 2024 2014 – 2024
Information Technology 32,805 39,918 7,113 20.33% 1,230
Installation, Maintenance and Repair 41,227 45,314 4,087 15.00% 1,486
Production 26,051 29,599 3,548 14.50% 1,123
Transportation and Material Moving 52,132 58,999 6,867 13.00% 1,574
Professional and Related 8,847 10,035 1,188 13.00% 275
Management, Business, and Financial 91,114 101,346 10,232 12.60% 3,058
Sales 49,598 55,283 5,685 11.00% 1,639
Construction and Extraction 47,112 51,819 4,707 10.33% 1,197
Health Care 63,890 69,919 6,029 9.50% 2,123
Office and Administrative Support 29,254 31,396 2,142 7.00% 656

*Hot Jobs are high projected job growth occupations that must meet these criteria
(1) they must have a median salary above the state median;
(2) the percentage change must be greater than the state average; and
(3) the number of job openings must be greater than the state average.
These occupations are also grouped by occupational categories.

TOP 25 HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS IN WISCONSIN

Access the original webpage here: https://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/joblist_highgrow.aspx

# Occupation Employment in 2014 Employment in 2024 Percent Change
1 Operations Research Analysts 1,720 2,290 33.10%
2 Personal Care Aides 62,450 80,390 28.70%
3 Home Health Aides 7,330 9,380 28%
4 Computer Systems Analysts 14,630 18,680 27.70%
5 Personal Financial Advisors 5,000 6,310 26.20%
6 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 8,880 10,990 23.80%
7 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 5,990 7,370 23%
8 Interpreters and Translators 1,940 2,370 22.20%
9 Web Developers 2,610 3,190 22.20%
10 Insulation Workers, Mechanical 430 520 20.90%
11 Biochemists and Biophysicists 620 760 22.60%
12 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 550 670 21.80%
13 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 1,510 1,840 21.90%
14 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 10,750 13,050 21.40%
15 Animal Trainers 1,630 1,980 21.50%
16 Real Estate Brokers 610 720 18%
17 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 11,570 13,770 19%
18 Software Developers, Applications 11,310 13,440 18.80%
19 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 850 1,010 18.80%
20 Chemists 2,390 2,830 18.40%
21 Nurse Practitioners 2,440 2,880 18%
22 Actuaries 620 730 17.70%
23 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,430 1,680 17.50%
24 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,330 1,560 17.30%
25 Cooks, Restaurant 19,640 23,020 17.20%

What follows is a snapshot of current (as of October 2018) student saved interests grades 6-12 in Career Cruising. The data was retrieved from all active schools using Career Cruising:

Occupation All-Time Student Saves All-Time Student Saves (Male) All-Time Student Saves (Female)
Professional Athlete 13,186 10,598 2,562
Artist 7,806 2,149 5,625
Video Game Developer 7,732 6,496 1,216
Veterinarian 7,183 1,393 5,764
Actor 6,983 2,119 4,827
Animator 6,477 3,030 3,423
Nurse 6,384 456 5,881
Doctor 5,737 1,731 3,970
Photographer 5,714 1,227 4,455
Fashion Designer 5,182 681 4,479
Elementary School Teacher 5,088 438 4,622
Lawyer 5,063 1,636 3,414
Athletic Therapist 4,993 2,287 2,678
Pediatrician 4,852 335 4,491
Animal Trainer 4,714 1,352 3,335
Singer 4,582 937 3,624
Psychologist 4,570 683 3,859
Surgeon 4,518 1,193 3,295
Physiotherapist 4,233 1,025 3,180
Police Officer 4,186 2,853 1,320