Michigan’s Hot 50

A guide to the best jobs in the state

No need to do a comprehensive and exhaustive search to find the best jobs in the state. The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Services within the Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget has made the task much easier. The bureau’s Hot 50 list compiles the projected high-demand, high-wage careers in the state through 2026. The list below includes the career followed by expected annual job openings and hourly wage range.

  1. Accountants and auditors: 3,520, $25-$42
  2. Administrative services managers: 630, $35-$55
  3. Architectural and engineering managers: 800, $51-$74
  4. Carpenters: 2,600 $16-$28
  5. Child, family and school social workers: 1,570, $19-$28
  6. Civil engineers: 860, $30-$45
  7. Commercial and industrial designers: 740, $28-$46
  8. Computer and information systems managers: 830, $46-$73
  9. Computer systems analysts: 1,200, $31-$49
  10. Computer user support specialists: 1,790, $17-$29
  11. Construction managers: 540, $33-$56
  12. Dental hygienists: 770, $27-$34
  13. Education administrators, postsecondary: 630, $34-$66
  14. Educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors: 880, $19-$33
  15. Electrical engineers: 780, $33-$50
  16. Electricians: 2,580, $20-$35
  17. Elementary school teachers: 2,840, $22-$30
  18. Financial managers: 1,460, $40-$72
  19. General and operations managers: 5,760, $33-$74
  20. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary: 730, $36-$82
  21. Health care social workers: 800, $22-$31
  22. Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers: 1,020, $17-$29
  23. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers: 6,870, $16-$24
  24. Human resources specialists: 1,600, $21-$36
  25. Industrial engineers: 2,200, $34-$51
  26. Industrial machinery mechanics: 1,840, $19-$30
  27. Insurance sales agents: 1,410, $17-$38
  28. Lawyers: 940, $33-$67
  29. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: 1,420, $20-$26
  30. Market research analysts and marketing specialists: 2,080, $21-$40
  31. Marketing managers: 450, $42-$77
  32. Mechanical engineers: 3,160, $34-$53
  33. Medical and health services managers: 1,180, $35-$61
  34. Nurse practitioners: 350, $43-$55
  35. Occupational therapists: 380, $31-$45
  36. Paralegals and legal assistants: 730, $19-$29
  37. Personal financial advisers: 530, $26-$72
  38. Physical therapist assistants: 630, $20-$30
  39. Physical therapists: 630, $35-$48
  40. Physician assistants: 440, $43-$58
  41. Physicians and surgeons: 540, $29-$100-plus
  42. Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters: 1,620, $22-$36
  43. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers: 1,330, $22-$33
  44. Registered nurses: 6,650, $28-$38
  45. Sales managers: 1,000, $44-$78
  46. Sales representatives: 5,680, $20-$43
  47. Social and community service managers: 550, $26-$38
  48. Software developers, applications: 2,160, $33-$53
  49. Software developers, systems software: 1,000, $33-$52
  50. Training and development specialists: 690 $20-$36

 

 

 

 

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