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No college degree? No problem. Many jobs in demand now don't require one


August 14, 2020

There are an average of just over 1,300 new jobs posted per day in Minnesota, according to the National Labor Exchange. And most don’t require a post-secondary degree. In fact, 22 of the 30 top jobs in demand now in Minnesota have a high school diploma or equivalent as their educational requirement.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is focused on connecting people who need work with the employers who need them. That’s why we’re sharing regularly updated information about the top 30 most frequently posted jobs in Minnesota on There you can find wage information, short videos about in-demand occupations and links to current Minnesota postings for those jobs, plus contact information for career specialists who can help at no cost to you.

Here are examples of current jobs in demand that don’t require a post-secondary degree. Some may require additional training – but in many cases you can get that training on the job.

• Personal Care Aides

• Teaching Assistants

• First Line Supervisors of Retail Workers

• First Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

• Customer Service Representatives

• Social and Human Service Assistants

• Production Helpers

• Retail Salespersons

• Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

• Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

Getting a job now, and getting on a sustainable career path for the future, may mean changing careers. We’re ready to help people identify skills that can transfer from one career to another. If you were laid off during the pandemic and need additional help preparing for an in-demand career, you may be eligible for counselor-approved education or training. Contact staff at a CareerForce location near you to find out more and get the help you need.

CareerForce services include:

• Career path exploration

• Identifying transferable skills

• Job search strategy development

• Resume writing help

• Interview preparation

• Online workshops

• Virtual career fairs

• Virtual networking opportunities

We understand that not everyone will be able to find a new job right now. If you cannot find work and require help affording basic needs, emergency assistance is available. The State of Minnesota has a website that outlines assistance available for housing, health care, food and other essentials.


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