Michigan’s job outlook is a “hot” one.
November 15, 2016
By Ryan Burklow | @burklow_ryan
Even though it’s November, things in Michigan are continuing to heat up. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has released their list of the 50 most in-demand occupations through 2024, that they have aptly named “Michigan’s Hot 50.”
The list details future high-demand and high-wage careers, and is full of a variety of different occupations. While a lot of the jobs are ones that you would expect to find on a list like this, you’ll notice that many of the top jobs are in the skilled trades — which is exactly why Gov. Rick Snyder continues to focus on critical skilled trades training.
While the Governor would never discourage someone from pursuing a four-year degree from one of Michigan’s fantastic universities, he has been stressing the importance of working in skilled-trade jobs. This list is further proof of the increasing need for these types of jobs.
The Hot-50 list is full of jobs that require bachelor degrees, but there are many good, high-paying jobs available through on-the-job training. Some of these occupations include electrical power-line installers and repairers, HVAC mechanics and installer, electricians, machinery mechanics and millwrights. These jobs can pay anywhere from $19 per hour to $41 per hour.
The increase in available skilled-trades jobs is a good start, but now, making sure that there are people to fill these jobs is critically important. By creating a $50 million grant that will boost skilled instruction at the community college level, Snyder is working to ensure that Michiganders are adequately prepared to work in these newly created jobs.
For those invested in Michigan’s future, DTMB’s Hot-50 List is good news. The state’s occupational outlook through 2024 is equally bright one for those seeking a degree and individuals looking to work right out of high school.