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Michigan and Jobs to 2024 - Things You Didn't Know

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Leading cities for job listings are:

  1. Grand Rapids
  2. Detroit
  3. Ann Arbor
  4. Lansing: State Capital.
  5. Troy
  6. Southfield
  7. Kalamazoo
  8. Livonia
  9. Auburn Hills
  10. Novi and Dearborn (tied)

The top 4 cities in this list have remained at the top from 2000 - 2016. Grand Rapids rose to first place in 2016.

Transportation for Jobs

Michigan received $200 Million to help build Hi-Speed Rail from Detroit to Chicago.

Fast Growing Job Corridor

Two major interstate highways 0ffer transportation support to increases in jobs and new businesses along I-94 and I-96 between Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Most Jobs Posted are Along the I-96 and I-94 Corridor

Significant Jobs Increases Occurred 2013 - 2014


Job Listings Increased June - September, 2012 to 128,000


Aerospace Jobs in Grand Rapids

High Demand Jobs Through 2020

  1. Class A CDL Owner Operator Truck Drivers
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers
  4. Customer Service Representatives/Cashiers
  5. Quality Engineers
  6. Manufacturing Engineers
  7. Product Engineers
  8. Controls Engineers
  9. Software Engineers
  10. Electrical Engineers
  11. Mechanical Engineers
  12. Event Specialists
  13. Tire Technicians
  14. Business Analysts
  15. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  16. Sales Representatives

Current Top Hiring Companies

  1. Swift Transportation
  2. Watkins-Shepard Trucking
  3. SpartanNash: A growing wholesale distributor that supplies 1,500 independent stores in 44 states. Also owns 177 corporate supermarkets in nine states and serves the US military and families.
  4. General Motors
  5. STI Trucking
  6. W3R Consulting - Health and Health-IT jobs
  7. Henry Ford Health System
  8. Covenant Healthcare
  9. Chrysler
  10. Various Dollar Stores
  11. Deloitte Development
  12. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  13. CGI Group
  14. Cybercoders

Michigan Works! Programs

Statewide Michigan - Michigan Works! Job Placement

Industries Expected to Hire Most Employees in the Future

  1. Healthcare Support - 24.7% increase in jobs.
  2. Healthcare Practitioners and Techs - 17.2% increase.
  3. Computer and Mathematical - 13.9
  4. Personal Care and Service - 12.1
  5. Life, Physical, and Social Science - 12.1%
  6. Community and Social Services - 12.1%
  7. Business and Financial Operations - 11.7%
  8. Arts / Design / Entertain / Sports / Media - 7.8%

Expected to Increase by about 7.0%:

  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Education / Training / Library
  • Food Preparation and Serving

Michigan's Largest Employers

  1. University Of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  2. Rehabilitation Institute Of Michigan - Detroit
  3. William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak
  4. General Motors Technical Center - Warren
  5. Detroit Receiving Hospital - Detroit
  6. Spectrum Health Rehab & Sports - Grand Rapids
  7. Spectrum Health-Blodgett - Grand Rapids
  8. Devos Children's Hospital - Grand Rapids
  9. Henry Ford Health System - Detroit
  10. Chrysler LLC - Auburn Hills
  11. Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center - Dearborn
  12. Oakwood Southshore Medical Center - Trenton
  13. Michigan State University - East Lansing
  14. Wayne State University - Detroit
  15. Delphi Steering - Saginaw
  16. Henry Ford Health System - Detroit
  17. Cadence Innovation - Troy
  18. Pfizer Inc – Ann Arbor campus purchased by U of M
  19. Sparrow Health System - Lansing
  20. Sparrow Hospital - Lansing
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Jobs with Moderate or Heavy On-The-Job Training (OJT)

Job Title and Average Hourly Wage through 2020:

  1. Customer Service Reps $15.53
  2. Truck Drivers, Semis Tractor-Trailer $18+
  3. Sales Reps, Whlsl/Mfg $29
  4. Medical Assistants $13
  5. General Maintenance/Repair Workers $18
  6. Carpenters $20
  7. Restaurant Cooks $10
  8. Dental Assistants 2,470 15.51
  9. Executive Secretaries, Admin Assistants $19
  10. Police, Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $23+
  11. Sales Reps, Whlsl/Mfg, Tech/Scientific $36
  12. Pharmacy Technicians $13
  13. Heating/AC/ HVAC $22
  14. Social/Human Service Assistants $14
  15. Electricians $27
  16. Bookkeeping/Accounting/Auditing Clerks $15.50
  17. Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters $25
  18. Musicians and Singers $22.59 - The film industry is spreading in Michigan and casinos need entertainers.
  19. Painters, Construction, Maintenance $19
  20. Claims Adjusters and related $27
  21. Brick and Block Masons $23+
  22. Operating Engineer/Other Equip $22
  23. Firefighters $19
  24. Construction Laborers $16
  25. Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks $16

Jobs Requiring AA Degrees, Tech Training, or Experience

Occupation and Average Hourly Wage through 2020

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs) $28.70 - Healthcare
  2. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants $12 - Healthcare
  3. First-Line Supervisors & Mgrs in Food Service $14+
  4. Hairstylists & Cosmetologists $11 plus tips
  5. Automotive Service Techs & Mechanics $20
  6. Computer Support Specialists $21
  7. First-Line Supervisors & Mgrs in Retail $19
  8. First-Line Supervisors & Mgrs in Construction $31
  9. Dental Hygienists $28
  10. Mainstream Preschool Teachers $15+
  11. First-Line Supervisors & Mgrs in Offices $23+
  12. Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses $19
  13. Self-Enrichment Teachers $17+
  14. Fitness Trainers $12
  15. First-Line Supervisors and Mgrs in Main & Repair $29
  16. Food Service Managers $21
  17. Medical Records Technicians $150
  18. Radiologic Techs $22
  19. First-Line Supervisors and Mgrs in Housekeeping & Janitorial $17
  20. Cost Estimators – as in construction projects. $30
  21. First-Line Supervisors and Mgrs in Non-Retail Sales $37
  22. First-Line Supervisors and Mgrs in Personal Services $17+
  23. Purchasing Agents $28.55
  24. Legal Secretaries $18
  25. First-Line Supervisors & Mgrs in Transportation $26

Career Colleges in Michigan

  • Baker College - Many sites in Michigan
  • Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights, Roseville, Southgate, Wayne-Westland. Computers, Legal, Medical, Healthcare, Administrative Assistant.
  • Everest College - Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo. Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Medical Techs and Admin, Pharmacy Technician.
  • Everest Institute - Dearborn, Detroit, Southfield. Business, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Medical.
  • ITT - several locations.
  • International Academy of Design and Technology - Detroit. Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communications
  • Kaplan - Dearborn and Detroit.
  • Kuyper College: Ministry - Focused Christian Leadership
  • Ross Medical Education Center - Medical Assistant.

Newer Colleges

  • College for Creative Studies - Detroit
  • Detroit Business Institute - Detroit
  • Ecumenical Theological Seminary - Detroit
  • Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center - Detroit
  • L'esprit Academy - Livonia
  • Michigan Barber School Inc. - Detroit
  • Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology - Canton
  • P&A Scholars Beauty School - Detroit
  • Regency Beauty Institute - Southgate
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary - Detroit
  • Sanford-Brown College - Dearborn
  • Stautzenberger Institute - Allen Park
  • Taylortown School of Beauty Inc. - Taylor
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lawrence Technological University: Southfield
  • Macomb Community College: Warren
  • Madonna University: Livonia, Orchard Lake, Gaylord, Detroit
  • Marygrove College: Detroit
  • Michigan State University: East Lansing
  • Michigan Technological University: Houghton
  • Michigan Theological Seminary: Plymouth
  • Mid-Michigan Community College: Harrison, Mt Pleasant
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Montcalm Community College: Sidney
  • Mott Community College: Flint
  • Muskegon Community College
  • North Central Michigan College: Petoskey
  • Northern Michigan University: Marquette
  • Northwestern Michigan College: Traverse City, Cadillac
  • Northwood University, De Vos Graduate School: Midland
  • Oakland Community College: various sites around Michigan.
  • Oakland University: Rochester
  • Olivet College
  • Rochester College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Schoolcraft College: Livonia
  • Siena Heights University: Many campus locations in the state.
  • Southwestern Michigan College: Dowagiac, Niles
  • Spring Arbor University
  • St. Clair County Community College: Port Huron
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan System, Main Campus: Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint
  • Walsh College: Oakland County
  • Washtenaw Community College: Ann Arbor
  • Wayne County Community College: Detroit, Taylor, Belleville
  • Wayne State University: Detroit
  • West Shore Community College: Scottville
  • Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo

Colleges and Universities

  • Adrian College
  • Albion College
  • Alma College
  • Alpena Community College
  • Andrews University: Berrien Springs
  • Aquinas College: Grand Rapids
  • Ave Maria College: Ypsilanti
  • Ave Maria School of Law: Ann Arbor
  • Bay College: Escanaba
  • Bay Mills Community College: Brimley
  • Calvin College: Grand Rapids
  • Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant
  • Cleary University: Ann Arbor, Howell
  • Concordia University: Ann Arbor
  • Davenport University: Bay City, Flint and several other locales
  • Delta College: Bay City University Center
  • Eastern Michigan University: Ypsilanti
  • Ferris State University: Big Rapids, Grand Rapids
  • Finlandia University (formerly Suomi College): Hancock, Houghton
  • Gogebic Community College: Ironwood
  • Grace Bible College: Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University: Allendale
  • Henry Ford Community College: Dearborn
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hope College: Holland
  • Jackson Community College: Jackson, Adrian, Hillsdale
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kellogg Community College: Battle Creek
  • Kendall College of Art and Design: Grand Rapids
  • Kettering University: Flint
  • Kirtland Community College: Roscommon
  • Lake Michigan College: Benton Harbor, Niles
  • Lake Superior State University: Sault Ste. Marie

List Job Leads & Comments Here - new companies coming to town, etc.

JasonHunt from South Florida on November 08, 2011:

They need all the help they can get with jobs up there with the way the economy is. Last time I was up there it just didn't look or feel the same.

34th Bomb Group from Western New York State on August 14, 2011:

Health jobs rule the roost.

No doubt due to Obamacare.

I'm in Western New York and we're DYING! Worse than even the loss of heavy industry.

NancyRi from Delray Beach, FL on May 09, 2011:

Extremely well-researched and thorough. Great news for a beautiful state!!

htodd from United States on April 17, 2011:

Thanks for the Great Article on Finding jobs

spencer on December 21, 2010:

I want to choose a career ,i am thinking of going for associate degree in physical therapist asistance.can i be able to find a job immidiately,thanks an advice is needed.

cjxalex from Guzhen, Zhongshan City, Guangdong, China on July 11, 2010:

very convincing hub with adequate statistics and graphs

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 24, 2010:

The 4H can help youth prepare to be the most employable people. Thanks for the link.

4H on March 24, 2010:

Finding a job now it's like trying to find a four leaf clover.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 23, 2010:

Not only important, but moving up the ranks, and more of them. Good news.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 23, 2010:

Hi Dental Jobs - It's time to update this one again! Dental jobs will likely still be important, too.

Dental Jobs on March 23, 2010:

Yes #7 he he - great article, really interesting, I have sent a link to it round the office

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 21, 2009:

TOPCAT! - Much success to you and let us know your progeress from time to time! It was great of you to respond.

Topcat on September 21, 2009:

Michigan Works! is adding another computer lab at their work centers. I just started this week (09/20/2009). This features ways to find the exact job you are looking for.

The basic idea is you'll put any or all information into a computer that you want in the job you want. I think she said it takes four hours to complete.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 13, 2009:

Jeff - I'll add Kuyper College, which I have indeed heard of, and a link if one exists (Under career colleges, for the ministre).

What's your experience with University of Phoenix for a good recommendation? Are their instructional staffs of equal quality across the nation? Are classroom and oline opffereings both high quality across the nation? Thanks for any additional info.

Jeff on August 12, 2009:

Hi Patti,

I noticed that you do not have Kuyper College on your list which is a small Chrisitan college in Grand Rapids and you do not have University of Phoenix either. UOP is located in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Portage, Flint and there are 6 metro Detroit Locations as well.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 07, 2009:

Someone - same was tried in Ohio in the late 1980s. They wanted to get rid of nurses' aides and have the LPNs do that too. Then the RNs were to work fewer people per shift and longer hours. It did not work.

Gas prices are climbing again and people cannot get to these jobs so far away and bus service is not good enough. It's a bad predicament.

SALVAONEGIANNAOLCOM from south and west of canada,north of ohio on August 07, 2009:

The way I hear it they are trying to get the current nursing staff to do more rather than hiring more nurses.

My concern is most jobs around me are at least 25 miles away from me at the moment.I'm concerned about gas prices going up again and car repair costs.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 07, 2009:

I also want to know that. As of tonight, August 7, there are listings for 3,510 nursing positions of all kinds in Michigan. I think that's not a large number for an entire state and growth in that field began a downhill trend in January.

witchkitty42 on August 07, 2009:

Interestingly enough, there is no mention of nursing as a top career in michigan, yet we keep hearing about how desperate the need for them is. Curious to know why that is...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 26, 2009:

NAyone looking for a job in Michigan, check out the local MichiganWorks! offices and also search on and are the two best Internet job search sites for the most listings in Michgian that I have found so far.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 12, 2009:

Jhoov - try this link for jobs in that particular market area and Michigan region.

JHoov on May 12, 2009:

Thank you for being so informative. Its really interesting to know where the current job market stands. I am moving to Michigan(Grand Blanc) next month and am really worried about finding a job.I have been applying to tons of places but no calls yet....lets see what happens!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 23, 2009:

Ive a friend that collects Petoskey stones up in Mid-Michigan. I hope the green-collar iniaitive for jobs gets under way before October 2010 as predicted on tv last night. We need those jobs now.

Phylicia on January 23, 2009:

Thank you for the info on the top 25 jobs... I needed to read it for a college reporting assignment. I live in Petoskey and our economy here is nearly dead. Hopefully that will begin to turn around! :-)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 21, 2008:

I need to update this Hub soon, as the numbers for 2016 and 2018 projections are already out for certain industry sectors and regions of America. Healthcare realted jobs should not decline, but increase ---That's because Generation X is only about 55+% as large as the Boomers, and the Millennials (Gen Y) are nearly as large a cohort as the Boomers, so there is going to be a shortage in nurses, other practitionsers, and allied health professions for many decades.

Road Trip Planner USA on December 21, 2008:

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Well after the crash of the car industry, I wonder how these numbers will change.

how to increase vertical on December 16, 2008:

Great Hub! Thanks for the excellent ideas in a good form.. I found lot of stuffs here..Very good stuff to be shared up!I never seen any other Hub so far like this

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 04, 2008:

9/04/2008 -- Time to update this site and I'll be looking at the 18 labor market areas around the state as well.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 11, 2008:

I just visited a couple of weeks ago -- All along I-75 from Toledo to Lake Huron, I found many jobs available in an assortment of occupational fields. Visiting several libararies and county job offices along the way, I found Michigan job listings very strong in mumbers. Bay City even had a few dozen of jobs. Not so much in Flint, but many in Ann Arbor. I have a martial art instructor in my group in Michigan and his businesses are growing in mid-Michigan and Detroit areas.

Depends on the region in Michgian, I'm sure...

cvaughn570 on June 11, 2008:

Great information! Being from Michigan, I hope this is true as I am seeing many businesses going out of business and there might be 5 help wanted ads in the paper on

Hopefully, this will turn around!

Thanks for the encouraging hub!


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 24, 2008:

That's quite a combination, Ralph! Thanks for the insight -- I'm going to read more about this. I went into a Detroit Casino once and lost complete lack of time watching people. It's another world.

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on April 24, 2008:

One of the most visible booms in the Detroit metropolitan area is nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They are popping up like mushrooms in nearly every suburb. Another is gambling casinos. Unfortunately, another is a proliferation of strip bars and massage parlors.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 14, 2008:

Gift Guru - welcome to my pages and thanks for making such pertinent comments. We have to dig in and be organized about job seeking these days. Media hype does not help. Workforce development counselors can help.

(haha - note: the more I train, the less I feel like fighting, but the better I could if needed. :)

Peace and best regards!

The Gift Guru on April 14, 2008:

This is great information and a sigh of relief for Michiganders. If only you would do the media reports and speak on this note of positive thinking, it would help out a ton of people. As a Michigander myself, it gets frustrating to hear how bad the economy is. Yet, when you look around and pay attention to what's actually going on many business are still opening, many new developments are still under construction, the malls stay packed with tons of shoppers and many new homes are building. So, it must not be too bad. It's unfortunate that the media attempts to discourage the masses and in many cases win.

By the way, you have an awesome profile. I would hate to get into a fight with you, though. Smile!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 25, 2008:

What you say is very true, Ralph. One friend of mine is a successful restaurant manager with a well known casual dining chain in the greater Detroit area. They are expanding. Another friend works in the fitness industry and recently hired more managers for expanding facilities. I hope green industries continue to expand and help Michiagan. Upstate Michigan is beautiful, epseically form Gaylord on up to Mackinack Island. The large wind turbines there struck me speechless.

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on January 25, 2008:

Useful information on the Michigan labor market. It's good to see that some jobs have been growing in Michigan. The state's economy is in sad shape, thanks to the decline of the Big Three car companies.

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