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North Dakota Job Market Continues to See Gains

Despite sporadic economic woes across the country, North Dakota has consistently enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in North Dakota in October 2010 was 3.8 percent. Several industry sectors realized significant growth during the past year, notes the BLS. Comparing October 2009 to October 2010 job numbers, the mining and logging industry, education & health services, and financial activities occupations saw employment increases during the past year.

In 2009, the mean annual salary for all occupations in North Dakota was $36,010. Those numbers were higher in Bismark, ND, where the mean annual salary was $37,230 in 2009.

The Outlook for North Dakota Jobs

The North Dakota Labor Market Information Center projects growth between 2008 and 2018 for not only mining-related occupations, but medical and customer service areas as well.

  • Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer: 1,526 total new jobs, 17.27 percent growth
  • Registered Nurses: 1,374, 21.59 percent
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers: 1,224, 19.28 percent
  • Customer Service Representatives: 1,223, 21.29
  • Retail Salespersons: 1,191, 9.86 percent

North Dakota Degrees and Education

According to projections from the North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network, several career fields should expect solid job growth between 2008 and 2018. Example careers include registered nurses, home health aides, accountants, civil engineers, and insurance agents.

An education (whether an associate's degree or certicate, master's degree or bachelor's degree) is typically required to secure employment in today's fastest growing career fields in North Dakota. Schools throughout the state--both online and campus-based--can equip you with the training you need to take advantage of the stable North Dakota job market.