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.
  • Minimum education and training requirements are based on regional employers’ current hiring practices.
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AgricultureTrainingVideoPositionsMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Architects31.5939393150.11410Bachelor's degree, Internship
Brickmasons and Blockmasons17.90.32320Apprenticeship
Carpenters14.64774600640.18298Apprenticeship
Civil Engineers34.36934251280.14839Bachelor's degree, License
Construction and Building Inspectors26.920.115115+ years work experience, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Construction Laborers13.65225478180.218194Short-term O.J.T.
Construction Managers17.260.11237Bachelor's degree, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Cost Estimators 26.41022005510.16858Bachelor's degree, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Electrical Engineers34.64399950250.1136Bachelor's degree
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers34.3765103170.26355Certification, Apprenticeship
Electricians23.06005039230.219114License, Apprenticeship
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers25.27221934310.19458License, 5+ years work experience
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers19.01319565910.22853Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators20.260.15340Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters20.72026103180.20262License, Apprenticeship
Sheet Metal Workers21.70567796880.17826Apprenticeship
AgricultureTrainingVideoOccupationMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians23.06684303120.32611Associate's degree, Certification
Child, Family, and School Social Workers22.440.08975Bachelor's degree, License
Dental Hygienists29.51110731160.08333Associate's degree, License
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers28.86143701550.32622Associate's degree
Dietitians and Nutritionists29.27289289820.2129Bachelor's degree, Residency
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics15.66922343990.19522Certification, License
Health Educators24.530.18212Bachelor's degree
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses20.98881485760.09998License
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians14.60590346350.20244Associate's degree, Certification, License
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists27.92387242860.20346Bachelor's degree, Certification, License
Medical and Health Services Managers42.88397739490.19385Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Medical and Public Health Social Workers26.16044656540.22248Master's degree, License, Residency
Medical Assistants15.85058737030.17399Certification
Medical Equipment Preparers15.57388544450.23212Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians17.12353994310.17923Certification
Nurse Practitioners47.2033266410.33317Master's degree, License
Nursing Assistants13.45322675790.162309Certification, License
Occupational Therapist Assistants22.27086519780.37723Associate's degree
Occupational Therapists33.53592241380.26543Master's degree, License
Personal and Home Care Aides10.53714462490.26126Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Pharmacy Technicians14.78586537250.12632Certification, License, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Phlebotomists12.47995840070.24719Certification
Physical Therapist Assistants22.5137344740.37254Associate's degree, License
Physical Therapists39.05613866810.31794Doctoral or professional degree, License
Physician Assistants52.05220157380.2731Master's degree, License
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other106.7418170020.16341Doctoral or professional degree, License, Residency
Radiologic Technologists24.3282055670.14230Associate's degree, Certification
Registered Nurses29.06161628590.239650Bachelor's degree,License
Respiratory Therapists26.04824607910.24431Associate's degree, License
Speech-Language Pathologists34.23597320440.14625Master's degree, License, Residency
Surgical Technologists19.83138398760.2220Certification
AgricultureTrainingVideoOccupationMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Computer and Information Systems Managers45.92289057950.13623Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Computer Network Architects30.146680770.1829Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Computer Occupations, All Other22.840.10316Bachelor's degree
Computer Systems Analysts31.39453815450.22847Bachelor's degree
Computer User Support Specialists22.15361346930.15980Some college, no degree, Certification
Database Administrators35.3916545350.10910Bachelor's degree
Information Security Analysts37.290.2223Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Management Analysts32.570.19445Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Network and Computer Systems Architects & Administrators31.69113553710.10831Bachelor's degree
Software Developers, Applications32.5833962640.24465Bachelor's degree
Software Developers, Systems Software37.87604084610.1130Bachelor's degree
Web Developers18.3520331650.27216Associate's degree
AgricultureTrainingVideoOccupationMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Commercial and Industrial Designers24.74567891170.07421Bachelor's degree
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic17.34221033830.337187Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians24.29188649190.07430Associate's degree
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other20.63907341420.13510Associate's degree
Engineers, All Others34.160.11625Bachelor's degree
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers29.50.11284<5 years work experience
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers26.90.083149<5 years work experience
Industrial Engineering Technicians21.61503996770.08352Associate's degree
Industrial Engineers35.87986158720.126176Bachelor's degree
Industrial Machinery Mechanics21.77212439750.319166Apprenticeship, Long-term O.J.T.
Industrial Production Managers46.21120939780.06581Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators13.970.118151Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers14.42356895230.1222Moderate-term O.J.T.
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand12.00903886320.118687Short-term O.J.T.
Machinists18.196095310.214244Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General17.560.099261Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Maintenance Workers, Machinery20.01284964610.218Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Mechanical Engineering Technicians22.75777313510.10814Associate's degree
Mechanical Engineers33.17552609680.13117Bachelor's degree
Millwrights31.07651233380.2417Apprenticeship
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic13.69662600990.10149Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers22.1716575430.3329Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Production Workers, All Others15.39158276850.14390Moderate-term O.J.T.
Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers16.71546810960.125105Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
AgricultureTrainingVideoOccupationMedian Hourly EarningsPercent ChangeTotal Annual OpeningsEducation and Experience Beyond High School
Accountants and Auditors28.09733345670.148180Bachelor's degree
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics15.050.072123Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists19.890.13342Certification, Long-term O.J.T.
Financial Managers41.39186652170.10674Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
General and Operations Managers45.45511508360.108335Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers18.920.076313Certification, Short-term O.J.T.
Human Resources Managers37.23797135390.11824Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Insurance Sales Agents23.77902646470.151128Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Lawyers38.16382638750.08845Doctoral or professional degree
Managers, All Other17.390.086113Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists25.905856930.22867Bachelor's degree
Marketing Managers38.79452295810.14722Bachelor's degree, 5+ years work experience
Personal Financial Advisors35.35820552250.18745Bachelor's degree, Long-term O.J.T.
Sales Managers47.32143041280.07856Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, except Technical and Scientific Products 26.44294775910.09347Certification, Moderate-term O.J.T.
Teacher Assistants12.770.109262Some College, No Degree
Training and Development Specialists26.080.13532Bachelor's degree, <5 years work experience

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Methodology

Data Collection
Occupational data was obtained from the analytical program, EMSI, and the State of Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

Data and employer feedback were used to determine the industry focus for our region: manufacturing, health sciences, information technology, construction and energy, professional services, and agriculture.

Internal and Employer Review Process
Each county-specific list was presented to West Michigan Works! staff and employers within region wide industry councils for anecdotal feedback and insight into hiring needs that may not be represented or overrepresented by job posting data. Occupations that report less than 30 jobs and a median wage of less than $13.00 per hour were removed.

Sources:
Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), http://www.economicmodeling.com/data-sources/
O*Net O*NET OnLine. National Center for O*NET Development, http://www.onetonline.org/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/data/
Michigan DTMB Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, http://milmi.org/default.aspx

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