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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 683 occupations with openings in Wisconsin.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
65,260
14,080
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
91,250
13,320
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Personal care aides
64,190
12,230
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Cashiers
61,970
11,370
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Office clerks, general
95,720
10,930
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
6
Waiters and waitresses
45,580
9,310
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
54,980
8,130
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Customer service representatives
58,740
7,830
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
46,220
6,420
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
10
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
52,110
6,160
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
11
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
42,460
5,290
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Bartenders
28,470
5,060
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
13
Stock clerks and order fillers
33,850
4,510
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Nursing assistants
34,040
3,980
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
34,120
3,730
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
16
Registered nurses
57,130
3,460
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
17
General and operations managers
36,660
3,440
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
18
Maintenance and repair workers, general
31,710
3,430
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Cooks, restaurant
20,640
3,340
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
20
Packers and packagers, hand
20,910
3,260
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
21
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
22,150
3,040
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
22
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
29,570
3,030
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Receptionists and information clerks
20,700
2,820
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
20,790
2,730
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
Teacher assistants
25,520
2,690
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
26
Recreation workers
14,470
2,650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
15,560
2,540
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
28
Childcare workers
16,280
2,500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Accountants and auditors
23,480
2,470
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
30
Elementary school teachers, except special education
31,960
2,360
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
31
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
20,650
2,310
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Light truck or delivery services drivers
18,980
2,260
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
14,000
2,220
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
21,240
2,200
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
Helpers--production workers
13,380
2,170
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
22,670
2,150
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
11,710
2,110
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
Food preparation workers
11,590
2,090
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
39
Carpenters
20,320
2,080
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Construction laborers
17,490
2,060
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
41
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
16,100
2,040
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
42
Sales representatives, services, all other
14,570
1,930
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
43
Social and human service assistants
13,700
1,870
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders
14,630
1,750
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Dishwashers
10,520
1,720
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
46
Managers, all other
19,800
1,710
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
47
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
23,800
1,710
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
48
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
6,580
1,690
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
49
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
14,620
1,680
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
7,470
1,650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
51
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
11,240
1,640
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
52
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
6,600
1,610
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
53
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
12,120
1,590
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
54
Machinists
14,920
1,560
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
55
Medical assistants
11,530
1,560
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
56
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
13,680
1,510
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
57
Security guards
11,450
1,510
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
58
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
14,870
1,490
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
59
Industrial truck and tractor operators
12,500
1,460
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
60
Amusement and recreation attendants
5,940
1,420
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
61
Business operations specialists, all other
13,410
1,420
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
62
Electricians
11,780
1,350
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
63
Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals
8,690
1,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
64
Tellers
13,110
1,340
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
65
Bus drivers, school or special client
10,900
1,330
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
66
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
7,220
1,320
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
67
Coaches and scouts
8,880
1,290
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearBachelor's degree
68
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
13,790
1,270
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
69
Preschool teachers, except special education
12,580
1,250
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
70
Software developers, applications
11,990
1,250
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
71
Computer systems analysts
15,240
1,220
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
72
Management analysts
11,470
1,220
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
73
Human resources specialists
11,250
1,210
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
74
Labor relations specialists
13,690
1,200
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
75
Counter and rental clerks
9,050
1,190
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
76
Home health aides
7,530
1,180
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
77
Food batchmakers
8,020
1,170
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
78
Insurance sales agents
9,630
1,080
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
79
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic
10,410
1,070
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
80
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
7,830
1,020
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
81
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
6,920
1,010
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
82
Financial managers
9,710
1,000
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
83
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
8,880
980
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
84
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
8,150
980
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
85
Computer user support specialists
11,040
970
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
86
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
7,600
970
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Driver/sales workers
9,100
960
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
88
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
8,320
950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
89
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
8,690
940
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
90
Nonfarm animal caretakers
4,960
940
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
91
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education
12,530
930
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
92
Billing and posting clerks
7,740
920
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
93
Food service managers
7,150
910
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
94
Industrial machinery mechanics
8,990
900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
95
Printing press operators
8,180
900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
96
Self-enrichment education teachers
6,850
900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
97
Food servers, nonrestaurant
5,720
890
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
98
Production, planning, and expediting clerks
7,940
890
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
12,160
860
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
100
Public relations specialists
7,490
850
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree