West Michigan's Hot Jobs

The Hot Jobs! List

If you’re in the market for a new job, this is the list for you. The Hot Jobs! list can help guide you to new employment in a high-demand career. We’ve analyzed online job posting data and surveyed employers to create a list of the 100 highest-growing and most in-demand jobs in West Michigan.

  • These occupations meet the criteria for Michigan Works! training scholarships.
  • The agriculture industry, including farming and food production, accounts for nearly 10,000 jobs and $300 million in labor income in the region. Many of the high-demand occupations within agriculture overlap other industries.
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Positions
Median Hourly Earnings
2014-24 Projected Growth
2014-2024 Annual Openings
Minimum Education or Training Requirements
Architects$31.5911.4%10Bachelor's degree, Internship
Brickmasons and Blockmasons$17.9032.3%20Apprenticeship

Carpenters$14.6518.2%98Apprenticeship

Civil Engineers$34.3714.8%39Bachelor's degree, License
Construction and Building Inspectors$26.9211.5%115+ years work experience, Moderate-term O.J.T.

Construction Laborers$13.6521.8%194Short-term O.J.T.

Construction Managers$17.2611.2%37Bachelor's degree, Moderate-term O.J.T.

Cost Estimators $26.4116.8%58Bachelor's degree, Moderate-term O.J.T.

Electrical Engineers$34.6411.0%36Bachelor's degree

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$34.3826.3%55Certification, Apprenticeship

Electricians$23.0621.9%114License, Apprenticeship

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$25.2719.4%58License, 5+ years work experience

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$19.0122.8%53Certification, Long-term O.J.T.

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$20.2615.3%40Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters$20.7220.2%62License, Apprenticeship
Sheet Metal Workers$21.7117.8%26Apprenticeship
   
Positions
Median Hourly Earnings
2014-24 Annual Openings
2014-24 Annual Openings
Minimum Education or Training Requiremnts
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians$23.0732.6%11Associate's degree, Certification
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$22.448.9%75Bachelor's degree, License
Dental Hygienists$29.518.3%33Associate's degree, License
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$28.8632.6%22Associate's degree
Dietitians and Nutritionists$29.2721.2%9Bachelor's degree, Residency
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$15.6719.5%22Certification, License
Health Educators$24.5318.2%12Bachelor's degree
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$20.999.9%98License
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians$14.6120.2%44Associate's degree, Certification, License
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$27.9220.3%46Bachelor's degree, Certification, License
Medical and Health Services Managers$42.8819.3%85Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Medical and Public Health Social Workers$26.1622.2%48Master's degree, License, Residency
Medical Assistants$15.8517.3%99Certification
Medical Equipment Preparers$15.5723.2%12Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$17.1217.9%23Certification
Nurse Practitioners$47.2033.3%17Master's degree, License
Nursing Assistants$13.4516.2%309Certification, License
Occupational Therapist Assistants$22.2737.7%23Associate's degree
Occupational Therapists$33.5426.5%43Master's degree, License
Personal and Home Care Aides$10.5426.0%126Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Pharmacy Technicians$14.7912.6%32Certification, License, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Phlebotomists$12.4824.7%19Certification
Physical Therapist Assistants$22.5137.2%54Associate's degree, License
Physical Therapists$39.0631.7%94Doctoral or professional degree, License
Physician Assistants$52.0527.0%31Master's degree, License
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other$106.7416.3%41Doctoral or professional degree, License, Residency
Radiologic Technologists$24.3314.2%30Associate's degree, Certification
Registered Nurses$29.0623.9%650Bachelor's degree,License
Respiratory Therapists$26.0524.4%31Associate's degree, License
Speech-Language Pathologists$34.2414.6%25Master's degree, License, Residency
Surgical Technologists$19.8322.0%20Certification
   
Positions
Median Hourly Earnings
2014-24 Projected Growth
2014-24 Annual Openings
Minimum Education or Training Requirements
Computer and Information Systems Managers$45.9213.6%23Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Computer Network Architects$30.1518.2%9Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Computer Occupations, All Other$22.8410.3%16Bachelor's degree
Computer Systems Analysts$31.3922.8%47Bachelor's degree
Computer User Support Specialists$22.1515.9%80Some college, no degree, Certification
Database Administrators$35.3910.9%10Bachelor's degree
Information Security Analysts$37.2922.2%3Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Management Analysts$32.5719.4%45Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Network and Computer Systems Architects & Administrators$31.6910.8%31Bachelor's degree
Software Developers, Applications$32.5824.4%65Bachelor's degree
Software Developers, Systems Software$37.8811.0%30Bachelor's degree
Web Developers$18.3527.2%16Associate's degree
   
Positions
Median Hourly Earnings
2014-24 Projected Growth
2014-24 Annual Openings
Minimum Education or Training Requirements
Commercial and Industrial Designers$24.757.4%21Bachelor's degree
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic$17.3433.7%187Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$24.297.49%30Associate's degree
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other$20.6413.5%10Associate's degree
Engineers, All Others$34.1611.6%25Bachelor's degree
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers$29.5011.2%84<5 years work experience
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$26.908.3%149<5 years work experience
Industrial Engineering Technicians$21.628.3%52Associate's degree
Industrial Engineers$35.8812.6%176Bachelor's degree
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$21.7731.9%166Apprenticeship, Long-term O.J.T.
Industrial Production Managers$46.216.5%81Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.9711.8%151Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers$14.4210.0%222Moderate-term O.J.T.
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$12.0111.8%687Short-term O.J.T.
Machinists$18.2021.4%244Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$17.569.90%261Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$20.0120.0%18Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Mechanical Engineering Technicians$22.7610.8%14Associate's degree
Mechanical Engineers$33.1813.0%117Bachelor's degree
Millwrights$31.0824.0%17Apprenticeship
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.7010.1%49Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers$22.1733.0%29Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Production Workers, All Others$15.3914.3%90Moderate-term O.J.T.
Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers$16.7212.5%105Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
   OccupationMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Accountants and Auditors$28.1014.8%180Bachelor's degree
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$15.057.2%123Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists$19.8913.3%42Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Financial Managers$41.3910.6%74Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
General and Operations Managers$45.4610.8%335Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$18.927.6%313Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Human Resources Managers$37.2411.8%24Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Insurance Sales Agents$23.7815.1%128Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Lawyers$38.168.8%45Doctoral or professional degree
Managers, All Other$17.398.6%113Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$25.9122.8%67Bachelor's degree
Marketing Managers$38.7914.7%22Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Personal Financial Advisors$35.3618.7%45Bachelor's degree, Long-term O.J.T.
Sales Managers$47.327.8%56Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, except Technical and Scientific Products $26.449.0%347Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Teacher Assistants$12.7710.9%262Some College, No Degree
Training and Development Specialists$26.0813.5%32Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience

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