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Hot Jobs Report Highlights In-Demand Occupations in Northwest Michigan


Northwest Michigan’s growing industries and the jobs they offer are highlighted in a new Hot Jobs Report from Networks Northwest. The report includes information about the job creation outlook in the next five years in fields including: advanced manufacturing; energy, transportation and construction; agriculture; health care; information and business services; and hospitality. The hot jobs information was compiled based on labor market data, then vetted through input from local employers.


“Many new jobs are being created in a variety of sectors throughout northwest Michigan, with competitive wages, for a variety of skill levels,” said Elaine Wood, Networks Northwest CEO. “The projected job openings for each occupation are very conservative, as they only include the new jobs but not the number of replacement positions. So we know that the outlook for these industries is far better than we can quantify, especially given the number of upcoming retirements expected in all these fields.” 


Along with the job outlook for a variety of industries, the report also includes information about average wages in each field, the education level needed for specific jobs, and strategies communities and organizations can undertake to prepare workers for success in the job market.


The Hot Jobs Report is a companion piece to the talent section of The Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan. The Framework is a regional resource for communities working to meet local goals. It was developed with participation from a broad range of community leaders, stakeholders, and the public, as part of Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative.



View the Hot Jobs Report 2015

View Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan.


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