List of MN's "Hottest Graduate-Level Careers" top-heavy in areas of clinical social work practice

August 1, 2014 / By: Cindy Lorah
List of Minnesota's "Hottest" Graduate-level Careers, 2014
Answer: They are high-growth practice areas for clinical social workers!

The article, A Better You, A Better Minnesota, in the July 13, 2014 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, featured a list of 21 "Minnesota's Hottest Graduate-Level Careers" and attributed the list to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  Of note, 5 of the top 10 occupations listed are high-growth practice areas for clinical social workers.  After a little digging, we found that the list was generated from the Department's “Occupations In Demand” (OID) tool, which can be viewed by region or for the entire state.  The 21 careers listed are those that are ranked the highest in the state by "current demand" and that require a graduate-level (Master's) degree. 

The entire list is reproduced here:

1. Mental health counselors
2. Physician assistants
3. Marriage and family therapists
4. Rehabilitation counselors
5. Health care social workers
6. Vocational education teachers, postsecondary
7. Educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors
8. Orthotists and prosthetists
9. Exercise physiologists
10. Epidemiologists
11. Industrial-organizational psychologists
12. Hydrologists
13. Statisticians
14. Occupational therapists
15. Health diagnosing and treating practitioners
16. Speech-language pathologists
17. Education administrators, postsecondary
18. Urban and regional planners
19. Instructional coordinators
20. Education administrators, elementary and secondary
21. Librarians

—Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development