Essential and Emerging Skills Sought by Minnesota Employers Now

15 Mar 2021


As business needs continue to evolve in response to the pandemic, many employers are putting new emphasis on finding candidates with essential workplace skills. According to RealTime Talent, while many job postings include post-secondary or technical training as a requirement, there are also many jobs for which employers are specifically seeking essential soft skills, such as time management, written communication, building collaborative relationships, self-confidence, and being a forward-thinker. This article takes a closer look at what skills are most sought by Minnesota employers now and what skills are emerging as the new foundational skills career seekers should try to develop and grow to increase their value in the job market.

Top Job Postings and Top Skills Sought in Minnesota

Over the course of 2020, there were over 1.1 million new jobs advertised in Minnesota, according to TalentNeuron—a decrease of only 0.5% from 2019. The top five positions advertised by volume in 2020 were: Heavy Truck Drivers, Registered Nurses, Software Developers (Applications), Laborers and Freight Movers, and Customer Service Representatives—all seeing increases in volumes of new postings from 2019. In addition, several critical healthcare, financial, and logistics occupations saw large increases in job posting volumes in 2020. For instance, Personal Care Aide jobs increased by 73% between March and August 2020 compared to the same months in 2019. 

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