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Michigan releases latest career projections for students, jobseekers at fifth annual Occupational Outlook Conference

Conference highlights state’s efforts to prepare Michiganders for high-demand careers of the future

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, the Michigan departments of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) and Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) joined forces to host the state’s fifth annual Occupational Outlook Conference at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. During the conference, the latest long-term statewide employment projections were presented. In addition, state-led efforts to create pathways to high-demand career opportunities for Michiganders were also highlighted.  

Following the conference, the Michigan Hot 50 and Michigan Career Outlook publications were released. Both reports provide information on careers that will be in the highest demand in Michigan through 2030.

“The data compiled in these lists are invaluable to students and jobseekers alike as they make decisions about their futures,” said Scott Powell, director of DTMB’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (LMISI). “It is our goal to provide our education and workforce partners with the information they need to help Michiganders find their path to high-demand, high-wage jobs.”

The "Michigan’s Hot 50" brochure lists the top high-demand, high-wage careers through 2030. The career information includes title, projected annual openings, hourly wage range, job growth information, and the education or training level needed.

The "Michigan’s Career Outlook" brochure features the highest demand jobs based on education level and features the top jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

During the conference, Susan Corbin, director of LEO, highlighted the work her department is doing to increase access to education and remove barriers to employment for Michiganders.

“LEO has worked closely with our friends at LMISI to monitor the latest economic data that shapes our programs and policy recommendations,” said Corbin. “Through programs like Michigan Reconnect, Tri-Share, state apprenticeships, and more, we are equipping Michiganders with the skills and resources needed to pursue the careers of the future, while supporting Michigan businesses with the talent needed to fill in-demand jobs.”

The fifth annual Michigan Occupational Outlook Conference brought together representatives from education, state government, the Legislature, and workforce development to learn about the information available to them and how it is developed.

More statistical information about Michigan’s economy, labor force, population, and more is available at or through the MiEconomy app available for iOS and Android.

Learn more about LEO’s work to create an equal opportunity for all Michiganders to succeed at