Regional Profiles

Northwest Region

About the Region

The Northwest Region is comprised of 18 counties, with Buchanan County being home to Saint Joseph, the region’s largest city. The top industries in the Northwest Region are Manufacturing, and Health Care and Social Assistance, which combined account for 33% of the region’s employment. The Region’s top employers are in health care and advanced manufacturing. The top health care employer is the Heartland Regional Medical Center. Boehringer Ingelheim is a major employer in chemical manufacturing. The average annual wage for all industries in the Northwest Region is $40,673

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Top Grade Careers

SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food B 562 $19,900
41-2031 Retail Salespersons B 400 $25,853
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand B+ 335 $26,895
39-9021 Personal care aides A 279 $22,937
51-3022 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers B+ 207 $30,695
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners B 197 $25,008
43-9061 Office clerks, general B 178 $29,603
43-5081 Stock clerks and order fillers B 170 $25,939
51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers A 136 $29,689
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives B 111 $31,245
47-2061 Construction laborers B+ 91 $36,712
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client B+ 86 $31,789
45-2092 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse B 82 $29,446
45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals B 79 $28,647
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers B 71 $36,495
53-7064 Packers and packagers, hand B 70 $28,311
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers B 59 $24,513
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators B 53 $33,994
33-9032 Security Guards B 52 $28,141
53-7061 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment B 49 $25,603
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks B 35 $35,727
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors B 28 $28,900
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
31-1014 Nursing Assistants B 254 $22,265
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General B+ 144 $36,063
53-3032 Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers B 140 $39,987
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders B+ 134 $32,665
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers B 120 $37,849
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks B 112 $34,079
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant B 86 $22,840
51-1011 First-line supervisors of production and operating workers A 83 $60,379
51-4121 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers A 82 $40,081
25-9041 Teacher Assistants B 80 $23,854
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products B+ 79 $49,199
39-5012 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists B 67 $23,285
29-2061 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses B 64 $38,595
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics B 63 $44,238
43-6013 Medical secretaries B 59 $30,623
49-9041 Industrial machinery mechanics A 57 $47,617
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents A 55 $48,269
47-2031 Carpenters B 50 $46,885
47-2111 Electricians B+ 44 $62,972
51-4011 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic B+ 44 $37,778
43-3021 Billing and posting clerks B 41 $31,261
31-9092 Medical assistants B 37 $27,498
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers B 34 $58,289
49-9051 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers B+ 26 $65,998
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers B 25 $36,317
51-4021 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic B 25 $40,553
11-9051 Food service managers B 24 $52,831
47-1011 First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers B+ 22 $80,531
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers A 20 $70,653
15-1151 Computer user support specialists B 19 $40,530
49-9052 Telecommunications line installers and repairers B 18 $47,222
43-5061 Production, planning, and expediting clerks B 17 $42,120
51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders B+ 17 $45,349
25-3021 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers B 16 $38,038
51-7011 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters B 16 $38,891
47-2152 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters B 15 $65,848
41-1012 First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers B 11 $57,847
17-3013 Mechanical Drafters B 10 $46,586
23-2011 Paralegals and legal assistants B 9 $40,448
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists B 9 $52,056
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians B 9 $34,836
17-3029 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other A 8 $62,326
17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters B 7 $45,364
17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians B 7 $39,918
49-3011 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians B 7 $61,819
29-1126 Respiratory therapists B+ 6 $54,179
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants B 6 $49,822
11-3071 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers B 4 $79,901
15-1152 Computer network support specialists B 4 $56,575
29-2021 Dental hygienists B 4 $68,507
51-8013 Power plant operators B 4 $92,504
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives B 3 $72,407
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education B+ 140 $45,422
29-1141 Registered Nurses A 137 $59,820
11-1021 General and Operations Managers A+ 113 $88,159
25-2021 Elementary school teachers, except special education B 76 $45,966
25-2022 Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education B 55 $49,413
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors A 48 $63,170
11-9199 Managers, All Other B+ 35 $65,667
13-1071 Human Resources Specialists B 25 $47,822
13-1161 Market research analysts and marketing specialists A 25 $54,184
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other B 22 $66,232
13-2072 Loan officers B 22 $58,273
11-9032 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school B 21 $80,099
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors B 20 $47,040
11-3031 Financial managers A+ 18 $123,185
11-9111 Medical and health services managers A 18 $107,704
13-1041 Compliance Officers B 18 $48,926
13-1151 Training and development specialists B 17 $43,607
17-2112 Industrial Engineers A 15 $74,174
13-1051 Cost estimators B 14 $60,858
11-3051 Industrial production managers A 13 $116,693
21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers B 13 $37,479
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists B 13 $65,555
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other B+ 11 $72,202
23-1011 Lawyers B+ 10 $76,677
11-3011 Administrative services managers B+ 9 $82,141
11-9151 Social and community service managers B 9 $52,536
11-2022 Sales Managers A 8 $128,920
13-2021 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate B 8 $46,537
15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators B 8 $63,830
29-1051 Pharmacists B 8 $132,629
29-1062 Family and General Practitioners B+ 8 $244,683
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers A 7 $79,705
13-1111 Management Analysts B+ 6 $73,361
15-1131 Computer Programmers B 6 $72,252
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications A 6 $81,908
17-2051 Civil engineers B+ 6 $80,757
29-1131 Veterinarians A 6 $91,039
29-1171 Nurse Practitioners A 6 $93,412
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers A 5 $113,007
11-9041 Architectural and Engineering Managers A 4 $137,827
29-1123 Physical Therapists B+ 4 $79,544
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists B 4 $64,024
13-2099 Financial specialists, all other B 3 $61,501
15-1121 Computer systems analysts B+ 3 $72,872
17-2071 Electrical Engineers B+ 3 $97,127
29-1069 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other B+ 3 $0
41-4011 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products B 3 $77,809
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists B+ 2 $73,615
29-1021 Dentists, general B+ 1 $210,136