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.

You can find a key to the list and methodology information below.

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Occupational VideoSOC TitleJob TitleMedian Wage
(mid-career)
Recommended Credential  
11-9041.00
Architectural, Engineering Managers
Engineering Manager54.18Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Project Manager58.17Bachelor’s degree, certification and 5+ years work experience
Solutions Design Manager58.17Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Director of Engineering58.17Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
47-2021.00
Brickmasons, Blockmasons
Bricklayer25.85Apprenticeship
49-3031.00
Bus and Truck Mechanics, Diesel Engine Specialists
Diesel Mechanic22.07Certification and long-term OJT
Heavy Equipment Mechanic22.07Certification and long-term OJT
51-7011.00
Cabinet Makers, Bench Carpenters
Cabinet Maker18.31Moderate-term OJT or apprenticeship
Custom Cabinet Maker18.31Moderate-term OJT or apprenticeship
Woodworker18.31Moderate-term OJT or apprenticeship
47-2031.00
Carpenters
Carpenter22.18Apprenticeship
Carpenters Apprentice15.95Apprenticeship
Commericial Carpenter24.9Apprenticeship
47-2051.00
Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers
Concrete Finisher21.38Apprenticeship
Concrete Laborer21.38Apprenticeship
Structural Engineer37.78Bachelor’s degree
17-2051.00
Civil Engineers
Civil Engineer32.62Bachelor’s degree
Transportation Engineer37.78Bachelor’s degree
Horizontal Construction Engineer37.78Bachelor’s degree
Technical Engineer37.78Bachelor’s degree
47-2061.00
Construction Laborers
Construction Laborer15.12No formal educational requirement
11-9021.00
Construction Managers
Project Manager36.4Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Construction Superintendent43.2Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years work experience
49-9051.00
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Journeyman Lineman40.91Apprenticeship and license
Distribution Technician40.91Apprenticeship and license
Lineman32.03Apprenticeship and license
47-2111.00
Electricians
Electrician17.21Apprenticeship or technical school and license
Journeyman Electrician28.06Apprenticeship or technical school and license
Maintenance Electrician24.16Apprenticeship and license
Master Electrician31.2Apprenticeship or technical school, license and 4+ years work experience
Licensed Electrician24.16Apprenticeship and license
37-1012.00
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Groundskeeping Workers
Landscape Foreman24.582+ years work experience
Landscape Crew Leader18.51No formal educational requirement
Maintenance Supervisor34.885+ years work experience
Maintenance Manager34.895+ years work experience
Assistant Fleet Manager34.895+ years work experience
Maintenance Lead29.315+ years work experience
49-9021.00
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
HVAC Technician28.32Certification and long-term OJT
HVAC Installer25.57Certification and long-term OJT
HVAC Apprentice19.47Certification and long-term OJT
Commercial HVAC Service Technician28.32Certification and long-term OJT
53-3032.00
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
CDL Truck Driver19.82Commercial driver's license (CDL A)
Heavy Equipment Operator22.4Certification and moderate-term OJT
47-2073.00
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
Heavy Construction Equipment Operator22.4Certification and moderate-term OJT
Landfill Heavy Equipment Operator22.4Certification and moderate-term OJT
47-2152.00
Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters
Plumber20.01Apprenticeship and license
Service Plumber23Apprenticeship and license
Master Plumber23Apprenticeship, license and 5+ years work experience
Journeyman Plumber23Apprenticeship and license
Pipefitter Journeyman23Apprenticeship and license
47-2181.00
Roofers
Roofer15.59No formal educational requirement
Lead Roofer18.73No formal educational requirement
49-2098.00
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Fire Alarm Technician23.16Certification
Security Installation Technician23.16Certification
47-1011.00
First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
Plumber Foreman28.075+ years work experience
Concrete Foreman28.075+ years work experience
Construction Crew Member28.075+ years work experience
Carpenter Foreman29.365+ years work experience

Occupational VideoSOC TitleJob TitleMedian Wage
(mid-career)
Recommended Credential  
21-1021.00
Child, Family and School Social Workers
Social Worker23.58Master's degree and license or limited license*
Safety Advocate23.58High school diploma*
Autism Consultant23.58High school diploma*
21-1094.00
Community Health Workers
Community Health Worker21.99Certification
31-9091.00
Dental Assistants
Orthodontic Assistant21.3High school diploma*
Dental Assistant21.3License*
29-1292.00
Dental Hygienists
Dental Hygienist30.19Associate degree and license*
29-2041.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Emergency Medical Technician14.85Certification and license*
Emergency Department Technician14.85High school diploma or certification or license*
Paramedic19.69Certification and license*
29-1215.00
Family Medicine Physicians
Family Medicine Physician119.72Doctoral degree*
Physician119.72Doctoral degree*
21-1022.00
Health Care Social Workers
Social Worker23.57Master's degree and license or limited license*
29-2061.00
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurse22License*
Licensed Vocational Nurse22License*
Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse22License*
31-9011.00
Massage Therapists
Massage Therapist21.63License*
29-2011.00
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Technologist/ Medical Laboratory Technician20.69Bachelor’s degree and license *
Laboratory Technician20.69Bachelor’s degree and license *
11-9111.00
Medical and Health Services Managers
Director of Nursing42.73Bachelor’s degree, license and 5+ years work experience*
Nursing Home Administrator39.22Bachelor’s degree, license and 5+ years work experience*
Assistant Director of Nursing34.59Bachelor’s degree, license and 5+ years work experience*
31-9092.00
Medical Assistants
Medical Assistant15.98Certification*
29-2072.00
Medical Records Specialists
Medical Records Clerk15.36Certification*
Billing/Coding15.36Certification or bachelor's degree*
Inpatient Coder19.5Certification or bachelor's degree*
43-6013.00
Medical Secretaries
Patient Services Representative Associate16.34High school diploma*
Scheduling Coordinator17.4High school diploma*
Medical Secretary16.34High school diploma*
21-1023.00
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Outpatient Therapist25.02Master's degree and license*
Licensed Therapist25.02Master's degree and license*
Licensed Clinical Social Worker25.02Bachelor’s degree and license*
Substance Use Disorder Counselor25.02Bachelor’s degree and license*
Behavioral Health Clinician25.02Bachelor’s degree and license*
21-1014.00
Mental Health Counselors
Behavioral Health Therapist21.26Master's degree and license or limited license*
Crisis Counselor21.26Bachelor’s degree and license*
29-1171.00
Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioner49.57Master's degree and license*
31-1131.00
Nursing Assistants
Certified Nursing Assistant14.13Certification and license*
Patient Care Technician14.13High school diploma*
29-1122.00
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist33.03Master’s degree and license*
31-2011.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant24.83Certification and license*
Occupational Therapy Assistant24.83Certification and license*
29-2052.00
Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy Technician15.58Certification and license*
Pharmacy Technician Specialist15.58Certification and license*
31-9097.00
Phlebotomists
Phlebotomist16.68License*
Phlebotomy Technician, Lab Assistant16.68License*
31-2021.00
Physical Therapist Assistants
Physical Therapist Assistant25.74Associate degree and license*
Rehabilitation Technician25.74Associate degree and license*
29-1123.00
Physical Therapists
Physical Therapist40.03Doctoral degree and license*
29-1071.00
Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant50.75Master's degree and license*
29-1229
Physicians, All Other
Physician100.83Doctoral degree, license and residency*
29-2034.00
Radiologic Technologists
Computed Tomography Technologist25.75Associate degree and license*
Radiology Technologist25.75Associate degree and license*
Ultrasound Technologist25.75Associate degree and license*
Mammography Technologist25.75Associate degree and license*
29-1141.00
Registered Nurses
Registered Nurse31.9Bachelor’s degree and license*
29-1126.00
Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory Therapist27.88Associate degree and license*
11-9151.00
Social and Community Service Managers
Program Director34.71Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience*
Executive Director34.71Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience*
Service Manager34.71Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience*
29-2055.00
Surgical Technologists
Surgical Technologist20.82Associate degree and license*
Occupational VideoSOC TitleJob TitleMedian Wage
(mid-career)
Recommended Credential  
11-3021.00
Computer and Information Systems Managers
IT Manager46.6Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Director of IT63.31Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
IT Project Manager52.68Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Analytics Manager52.68Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
15-1152.00
Computer Network Support Specialists
Network Services Specialist25.17Bachelor's degree or certification
Network Technician25.17Bachelor's degree or certification
Noc Technician25.17Bachelor's degree or certification a
15-1151.00
Computer User Support Specialists
IT Help Desk/Desktop Support22.62Postsecondary non-degree award or certification
Field Service/Installation Technician23.39Postsecondary non-degree award or certification
15-1242.00
Database Administrators
Database Administrator35.74Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience
15-1252.00
Software Developers
Software Engineer34.11Bachelor's degree
Software Developer40.78Bachelor's degree
Application Developer30.52Bachelor's degree
27-1024.00
Graphic Designers
Graphic Designer25.86Bachelor's degree
Digital Designer23.28Bachelor's degree
UX/UI Designer28.91Bachelor's degree
15-1212.00
Information Security Analysts
Pen Tester37.57Bachelor's degree
Cybersecurity Architect37.57Bachelor's degree
Security Engineer37.57Bachelor's degree
15-1244.00
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network Engineer32.79Bachelor's degree
Systems Administrator32.87Bachelor's degree
IT Support Engineer30.77Bachelor's degree
Network Architect33.12Bachelor's degree
Network Administrator34.85Bachelor's degree
15-1254.00
Web Developers
Front End Developer27.43Bachelor's degree
Web Developer27.43Bachelor's degree
Occupational VideoSOC TitleJob TitleMedian Wage
(mid-career)
Recommended Credential  
51-9192.00
Cleaning, Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
Filler Operator14.92High school diploma and short-term OJT
Parts Cleaner14.92High school diploma and short-term OJT
Sanitation Technician14.92High school diploma and short-term OJT
27-1021.00
Commercial and Industrial Designers
CAD Designer19.21Certification
CAD Designer II25.1Certification and 2+ years of work experience
CAD Designer III30.1Certification and 5+ years of work experience
Package Designer29.48Certification and 2+ years of work experience
51-9162.00
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
CNC Operator20.18Certification and moderate-term OJT
CNC Programmer25.37Certification and moderate-term OJT
CNC Router Operator25.37Certification and moderate-term OJT
CMM Programmer25.52Certification and moderate-term OJT
51-9032.00
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Die Cutter Operator16.71High school diploma and short-term OJT
Glass Cutter16.71High school diploma and short-term OJT
Concrete Cutting Operator16.71High school diploma and short-term OJT
17-2071.00
Engineers: Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical
Controls Engineer39.54Bachelor’s degree
Quality Engineer35.58Bachelor’s degree
Electrical Engineer35.34Bachelor’s degree
Mechanical Engineer34.37Bachelor’s degree
Manufacturing Engineer37.43Bachelor’s degree
53-1021.00
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers and Material Movers, Hand
Warehouse Supervisor26.59High school diploma and 5+ years of work experience
Unit Supply Specialist/Warehouse Manager25.5High school diploma and 5+ years of work experience
51-3091.00
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
General Laborer18High school diploma or equivalent
Warehouse Operator14.59High school diploma or equivalent
51-3092.00
Food Batchmakers
Dough Maker17.73High school diploma and short-term OJT
Batch Maker17.73High school diploma and short-term OJT
Mixer Operator17.73High school diploma and short-term OJT
51-3093.00
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
Booker17.46High school diploma and short-term OJT
Food Truck Manager17.46High school diploma and short-term OJT
49-9041.00
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Machine Repair Journeyman24.95Apprenticeship
Field Service Technician25.69Apprenticeship
Maintenance Mechanic23.14Apprenticeship
Maintenance Millwright23.14Apprenticeship
53-7062.00
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Warehouse Worker18High school diploma or equivalent
Material Handler18High school diploma or equivalent
Warehouse Production Worker14.47High school diploma or equivalent
Warehouse Package Handler14.47High school diploma or equivalent
49-9071.00
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Maintenance Technician23Certification and moderate-term OJT
Maintenance Shift Manager29.31Certification and moderate-term OJT
Service Technician17.51Certification and moderate-term OJT
49-9044.00
Millwrights
Millwright26.61Apprenticeship
51-9023.00
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
Mixer18.05High school diploma and short-term OJT
Blender18.05High school diploma and short-term OJT
Shift Leader18.05High school diploma and short-term OJT
Blending Operator18.05High school diploma and short-term OJT
51-4081.00
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Die Setter25.33Certification and moderate-term OJT
Palletizer Operator17.29Certification and moderate-term OJT
51-9111.00
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Machine Operator16.35Short-term OJT
CNC Machine Operator20.18High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
Packaging Operator15.26Short-term OJT
Assembly and Machine Operator15.26High school diploma and short-term OJT
43-5061.00
Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks
Production Planner28.75Bachelor's degree
Master Scheduler33.89Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of work experience
Expeditor21.73Bachelor's degree
Scheduler24.15Bachelor's degree
51-9012.00
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating and Still Machine Setters, Operators, Tenders
Head Brewer17.22Bachelor's degree
Video LinkSOC TitleJob TitleMedian Wage
(mid-career)
Recommended Credential  
13-2011.00
Accountants and Auditors
Accountant27.64Bachelor's degree and certification
Staff Accountant29.76Bachelor's degree and certification
Cost Accountant28.36Bachelor's degree and certification
Controllers29.76Bachelor's degree and certification
Tax Professional29.76Bachelor's degree and certification
11-3011.00
Administrative Services Managers
Maintenance Director41.11Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Director of Facilities41.11Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Facilities Manager41.58Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Business Office Manager26.28Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
43-3021.00
Billing and Posting Clerks
Billing Specialist17.95High school diploma and short-term OJT
Billing Clerk17.95High school diploma and short-term OJT
13-1051.00
Cost Estimators
Estimator31.23Bachelor's degree
Construction Estimator34.56Bachelor's degree
Residential Estimator28.33Bachelor's degree
Civil Estimator28.33Bachelor's degree
11-9033.00
Education Administrators
Vice President of Enrollment Management39.55Master's degree and 5+ years work experience
Director of Admissions39.55Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Client Director39.55Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Dean of Arts and Science39.55Master's or doctorate degree, experience in field
Program Director39.55Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
21-1012.00
Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors
Admissions Counselor26.06Master's degree and certification
Middle School Counselor26.06Master's degree and certification
School Counselor26.06Master's degree and certification
Career Coach26.06Master's degree and certification
25-2021.00
Elementary/Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education
Elementary Teacher28.93Bachelor’s degree and license
Middle School Science Teacher28.93Bachelor’s degree and license
Long-term Substitute Teacher28.93Bachelor’s degree and license
Elementary School Teacher28.93Bachelor’s degree and license
5th Grade Teacher28.93Bachelor’s degree and license
11-3031.00
Financial Managers
Tax Manager51.72Bachelor’s or master's degree and 5+ years work experience
Chief Financial Officer79.81Bachelor’s or master's degree and 5+ years work experience
Accounting Manager38.46Bachelor’s or master's degree and 5+ years work experience
Controller51.72Bachelor’s or master's degree and 5+ years work experience
Finance Manager51.72Bachelor’s or master's degree and 5+ years work experience
35-1012.00
First-Line Supervisors of Services
Shift Manager17.28High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
Assistant Manager17.28High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
Assistant Restaurant Manager17.28High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
Department Manager17.28High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
Shift Supervisor17.28High school diploma and moderate-term OJT
11-9051.00
Food Service Managers
Restaurant General Manager28.19High school diploma and 5+ years work experience
General Manager28.19High school diploma and 5+ years work experience
11-1021.00
General and Operations Managers
General Manager45.98Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Store Manager23.06Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Operations Manager45.98Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Branch Manager45.98Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
District Manager45.98Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
13-1071.00
Human Resources Specialists
Recruiter23.3Bachelor's degree
Human Resource Specialist26.86Bachelor's degree
43-9041.00
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
Claims Processing Representative19.57High school diploma and short-term OJT
Policy Processor19.57High school diploma and short-term OJT
Claims Coordinator19.57High school diploma and short-term OJT
Claims Associate19.57High school diploma and short-term OJT
41-3021.00
Insurance Sales Agents
Licensed Insurance Agent27.91Bachelor’s degree and license
Licensed Life Insurance Agent27.91Bachelor’s degree and license
13-2072.00
Loan Officers
Mortgage Loan Originator25.12Bachelor’s degree and license
Mortgage Underwriter25.12Bachelor’s degree and license
13-1111.00
Management Analysts
Business Analyst36.67Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Data Analyst36.67Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Senior Consultant36.67Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Solutions Consultant36.67Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Human Resource Business Partner36.67Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
13-1161.00
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Marketing Specialist21.25Bachelor's degree
Digital Marketing Specialist27.04Bachelor's degree
Data Analyst (Market Research)32.29Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
Analytics and Insights Manager27.04Bachelor's degree and 5+ years work experience
13-2052.00
Personal Financial Advisors
Financial Advisor33.97Bachelor's degree, license, and long-term OJT
Retirement Plan Consultant33.97Bachelor's degree, license, and long-term OJT
Wealth Planner33.97Bachelor's degree, license, and long-term OJT
25-1199.00
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
Adjunct Faculty32.56Master's or doctorate degree, experience in field
New Hire Trainer32.56Master's or doctorate degree, experience in field
Residential Instructor32.56Master's or doctorate degree, experience in field
11-9141.00
Property, Real Estate and Community Association Managers
Community Manager31.4High school diploma and 5+ years work experience
Property Manager31.4High school diploma and 5+ years work experience
Assistant Property Manager18.93High school diploma and 2+ years work experience
Leasing Consultant18.93High school diploma or equivalent, short-term OJT
11-2022.00
Sales Managers
Commerical Sales Manager44.71Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Territory Manager61.73Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Sales Manager44.71Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Director of Sales84.13Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
Regional Store Manager57.69Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work experience
41-3099.00
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
Sales Representative28.85High school diploma and moderate-term OJT

2020 Hot Jobs List Key

  • SOC Title: Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) title used to classify workers for the purpose of collecting, calculating or disseminating data. The titles in this report represent one or more detailed occupations; in some cases occupations with similar job duties, skills, education and training are grouped together.
  • Job Title: Local in-demand jobs that fall within the Standard Occupational Classification. These are the job titles used by West Michigan employers; job seekers can use the titles as a guide when searching for specific jobs.
  • Median Wage: Median wages tend to align with an employee that is mid-career, not entry level.
  • Recommended Credential: Training or preparation that local employers prefer that job seekers possess prior to employment in the field.
  • OJT (On-the-job training): Training or preparation received while working to learn the skills needed for that occupation (short-term: 1 month or less, moderate-term: between 1-12 months, long-term: more than 12 months).

  • Occupations that meet the criteria for West Michigan Works! training scholarships.
  • Occupations also in demand in the agriculture industry. The agriculture industry, including farming and food production, accounts for nearly 26,000 jobs and $300 million in labor income in the region.

METHODOLOGY

Data Collection
Occupational data was obtained from the analytical program, EMSI, survey results from The Employers’ Association (TEA) of West Michigan 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 agribusiness.

Criteria for Inclusion
Occupations on the Hot Jobs List must show a growth rate of at least 9% (the regional average) over 10 years; annual openings above industry averages; and wages at or above $13.75. The list was presented to West Michigan Works! staff and employers within the region’s industry talent councils for anecdotal feedback and insight into hiring needs.

Sources:
Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), http://www.economicmodeling.com/data-sources/
The Employers’ Association (TEA) of West Michigan Wage and Salary Survey, https://www.teagr.org/teaimis/Members/Surveys/Survey_Home.aspx
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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