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Grand Forks Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Forks, North Dakota Area

Grand Fork's economy primarily consists of healthcare, food processing, defense, manufacturing, agriculture and scientific research. The University of North Dakota is the city's largest employer and is also a significant contributor to the economy. In addition, the Grand Forks Air Force base employs a large number of civilian workers.

Altru Health System is Grand Forks' largest private employer. Wind turbine manufacturer, LM Glasfiber and small aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design are two of the city's largest manufacturers. Amazon.com has a customer service facility in the city and is one of the regions's major employers.

Noteworthy details regarding Grand Forks, North Dakota: For the population 25 years of age and older, 30% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was at 84.3. The country's average is 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $41,000.

Grand Forks' significant employers:

  • University of North Dakota
  • Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Altru Health System
  • Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Hugo's Stores
  • City of Grand Forks
  • Simplot
  • Amazon.com
  • Valley Memorial Homes
  • SEI Information
  • Alerus Financial
  • Hugo's
  • Target Corporation
  • Ecolab Inc
  • Grand Forks Herald Incorporated
  • North American Foods, LLC
  • North Dakota Mill & Elevator Association
  • Valley Markets, Incorporated
  • Pribbs Steel & Mfg, Inc
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises

Some of Grand Forks' most common jobs where the majority of the workers have college degrees include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, social and human service assistants; educational, vocational and school counselors; medical and health services managers, coaches and scouts, and child, family and school social workers.

The top nonagricultural employment sectors for Grand Forks:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services

Local companies are invited to work with helpful organizations including:

The Grand Forks Herald offers information about local business and industry.

Most Popular Jobs in Grand Forks, North Dakota Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 950 $64,860 $44,850 - 86,100 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 670 $46,850 $33,500 - 63,340 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 360 $52,620 $29,820 - 78,410 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 360 $46,110 $30,700 - 63,700 6% 96%
5 Social and human service assistants 320 $24,370 $17,320 - 33,420 34% 58%
6 Accountants and auditors 220 $48,020 $28,740 - 68,160 18% 79%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 210 $42,590 $29,330 - 60,230 13% 73%
8 Medical and health services managers 140 $80,650 $50,060 - 122,490 16% 57%
9 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 130 $76,880 $50,470 - 118,210 25% 93%
10 Coaches and scouts 130 $40,870 $19,240 - 66,900 15% 60%
11 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $39,230 $28,320 - 53,390 19% 77%
12 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 100 $50,260 $35,840 - 65,120 20% 87%
13 Computer programmers 100 $49,960 $33,510 - 67,050 -4% 73%
14 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $37,340 $28,650 - 49,160 30% 77%
15 Pharmacists 90 $91,910 $24,790 - 130,720 22% 97%
16 Librarians 90 $46,770 $29,620 - 66,310 4% 85%
17 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 90 $42,730 $28,090 - 60,620 11% 95%
18 Lawyers 80 $90,540 $43,220 - 11% 99%
19 Financial managers 80 $86,400 $51,360 - 125,230 13% 60%
20 Sales managers 80 $70,040 $38,320 - 110,940 10% 69%
21 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $45,980 $35,160 - 58,890 27% 50%
22 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $44,710 $27,160 - 70,130 5% 58%
23 Medical and public health social workers 80 $38,170 $26,700 - 50,490 24% 77%
24 Chief executives 70 $154,410 $58,240 - 2% 65%
25 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $77,380 $54,770 - 105,180 8% 78%
26 Physical therapists 70 $63,730 $46,560 - 82,780 27% 89%
27 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70 $48,850 $36,760 - 63,610 -5% 96%
28 Public relations specialists 70 $44,270 $28,720 - 65,950 18% 81%
29 Graphic designers 70 $32,510 $27,270 - 41,460 10% 55%
30 Civil engineers 60 $72,240 $52,760 - 91,310 18% 87%
31 Managers, all other 60 $66,010 $32,520 - 114,160 7% 55%
32 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $64,220 $42,320 - 95,700 16% 99%
33 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $49,590 $36,140 - 63,840 9% 87%
34 Community and social service specialists, all other 60 $43,170 $31,130 - 65,130 25% 58%
35 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $38,240 $27,550 - 52,200 18% 56%
36 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $36,800 $19,280 - 81,660 14% 62%
37 Biological technicians 60 $30,020 $21,750 - 39,850 16% 60%
38 Speech-language pathologists 50 $51,270 $36,090 - 66,800 11% 98%
39 Social workers, all other 50 $30,370 $22,030 - 39,530 18% 77%
40 Physician assistants 40 $72,600 $45,030 - 101,590 27% 67%
41 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $69,210 $46,700 - 105,700 12% 51%
42 Social and community service managers 40 $66,520 $39,180 - 115,540 25% 72%
43 Instructional coordinators 40 $55,520 $36,290 - 84,340 23% 79%
44 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $52,540 $29,880 - 66,300 9% 72%
45 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $42,180 $26,280 - 50,810 25% 67%
46 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $36,280 $28,090 - 47,190 15% 51%
47 Education administrators, postsecondary 30 $109,280 $58,370 - 14% 78%
48 Industrial engineers 30 $58,880 $40,490 - 81,350 20% 74%
49 Rehabilitation counselors 30 $40,140 $29,040 - 50,160 23% 73%
50 Floral designers 30 $25,140 $17,050 - 33,130 -9% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 1,960 $24,160 $13,750 - 40,460 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,460 $17,090 $13,310 - 22,330 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,360 $17,350 $13,470 - 22,170 18% 5%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,290 $18,660 $13,270 - 32,380 11% 14%
5 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,060 $22,860 $14,410 - 32,360 15% 4%
6 Office clerks, general 990 $23,710 $15,380 - 31,850 13% 19%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 980 $24,250 $19,160 - 30,860 18% 7%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 970 $33,150 $21,350 - 47,840 10% 4%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 930 $29,810 $21,440 - 39,930 13% 16%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 770 $22,970 $17,170 - 30,050 2% 5%
11 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 610 $18,190 $13,500 - 24,770 13% 5%
12 Teacher assistants 590 $25,440 $18,080 - 32,720 10% 18%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 560 $35,050 $28,040 - 42,640 14% 7%
14 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 550 $29,450 $22,060 - 38,580 1% 18%
15 Customer service representatives 550 $26,020 $20,530 - 33,410 25% 22%
16 Receptionists and information clerks 550 $23,920 $16,730 - 31,680 17% 13%
17 Home health aides 550 $20,340 $16,890 - 24,960 49% 7%
18 Stock clerks and order fillers 530 $23,390 $15,410 - 36,030 -8% 8%
19 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 510 $36,150 $26,420 - 49,620 15% 18%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 500 $41,900 $26,570 - 60,520 6% 29%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 490 $32,460 $20,960 - 45,670 10% 6%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 460 $35,070 $22,660 - 51,030 4% 25%
23 Bartenders 460 $18,280 $13,440 - 27,410 11% 17%
24 Personal and home care aides 450 $22,060 $18,550 - 25,270 51% 10%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 440 $25,800 $17,870 - 36,160 11% 14%
26 General and operations managers 420 $90,930 $44,660 - 2% 48%
27 Business operations specialists, all other 360 $49,020 $24,560 - 75,790 21% 49%
28 Cooks, restaurant 360 $19,870 $15,170 - 25,870 12% 5%
29 Child care workers 340 $16,160 $13,030 - 20,270 18% 15%
30 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 320 $31,800 $17,320 - 60,290 18% 6%
31 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 310 $25,620 $17,360 - 38,600 8% 4%
32 Driver/sales workers 310 $18,060 $13,060 - 28,900 -5% 4%
33 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 300 $38,220 $27,700 - 49,600 8% 3%
34 Carpenters 290 $33,360 $24,420 - 44,140 10% 6%
35 Construction laborers 270 $27,810 $21,500 - 34,700 11% 5%
36 Tellers 270 $22,440 $17,570 - 28,700 14% 16%
37 Production workers, all other 260 $24,040 $16,300 - 32,930 2% 5%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 250 $47,350 $33,140 - 65,760 -5% 15%
39 Food preparation workers 240 $21,230 $14,270 - 29,810 15% 7%
40 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 230 $39,230 $20,310 - 60,110 14% 4%
41 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 230 $17,690 $14,120 - 20,720 17% 14%
42 Computer support specialists 200 $33,280 $21,600 - 55,160 13% 43%
43 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 200 $31,340 $21,720 - 44,130 -7% 14%
44 Counter and rental clerks 200 $19,280 $14,570 - 24,680 23% 16%
45 Cooks, fast food 190 $17,300 $13,560 - 23,330 8% 5%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $49,190 $33,140 - 69,800 9% 10%
47 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 180 $47,280 $34,370 - 62,620 11% 33%
48 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $28,880 $21,910 - 38,410 4% 15%
49 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 180 $23,030 $14,820 - 31,370 11% 5%
50 Gaming dealers 180 $18,590 $12,960 - 29,620 24% 11%
51 Amusement and recreation attendants 170 $17,290 $14,040 - 20,510 24% 22%
52 Dishwashers 170 $15,420 $13,060 - 19,120 10% 3%
53 Electricians 160 $43,340 $28,970 - 53,990 7% 7%
54 Parts salespersons 160 $29,730 $17,400 - 40,380 -2% 6%
55 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 160 $25,530 $17,510 - 31,730 -5% 5%
56 Food servers, nonrestaurant 160 $20,760 $16,170 - 25,950 16% 9%
57 Security guards 150 $23,430 $16,820 - 32,240 17% 13%
58 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
59 Sheet metal workers 140 $39,740 $26,100 - 52,800 7% 4%
60 Bus drivers, school 140 $34,720 $21,670 - 49,050 9% 4%
61 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 140 $31,420 $21,980 - 45,140 5% 2%
62 Medical secretaries 140 $27,610 $21,980 - 34,220 17% 18%
63 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 140 $15,680 $12,950 - 19,660 10% 17%
64 Loan officers 130 $79,460 $38,000 - 148,480 12% 49%
65 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $53,440 $33,630 - 79,610 7% 13%
66 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 130 $29,880 $19,330 - 45,000 4% 6%
67 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 130 $18,870 $13,420 - 25,950 10% 8%
68 Cost estimators 120 $44,810 $32,960 - 65,500 19% 32%
69 Industrial machinery mechanics 110 $40,750 $32,790 - 50,230 9% 5%
70 Fire fighters 110 $38,760 $24,270 - 49,580 12% 18%
71 Correctional officers and jailers 110 $33,440 $26,980 - 41,350 17% 11%
72 Pharmacy technicians 110 $33,240 $26,820 - 41,060 32% 16%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 110 $32,190 $20,860 - 49,480 13% 11%
74 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 110 $18,530 $14,150 - 23,960 27% 47%
75 Packers and packagers, hand 110 $17,800 $13,110 - 25,280 -12% 3%
76 Business teachers, postsecondary 100 $92,630 $34,540 - 137,630 0% 0%
77 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 100 $47,980 $30,390 - 62,920 10% 17%
78 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $43,340 $30,870 - 60,150 11% 4%
79 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 100 $39,140 $28,630 - 50,290 12% 3%
80 Highway maintenance workers 100 $36,480 $26,330 - 47,750 9% 5%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $36,440 $25,720 - 49,350 13% 17%
82 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $33,920 $26,130 - 43,380 18% 12%
83 Industrial truck and tractor operators 100 $29,080 $25,550 - 33,150 -2% 2%
84 Cooks, short order 100 $18,860 $14,150 - 24,660 5% 5%
85 Insurance sales agents 90 $65,320 $25,930 - 151,070 13% 45%
86 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 90 $51,500 $32,820 - 64,740 3% 13%
87 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 90 $16,430 $12,890 - 20,790 12% 6%
88 File clerks 90 $0 $ - -41% 20%
89 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 80 $38,120 $25,110 - 66,220 9% 47%
90 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 80 $33,160 $25,030 - 42,370 3% 38%
91 Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 80 $33,090 $27,090 - 40,800 -12% 4%
92 Dental assistants 80 $32,030 $23,980 - 39,810 29% 9%
93 Psychiatric technicians 80 $31,050 $25,830 - 38,690 -3% 16%
94 Painters, construction and maintenance 80 $30,050 $22,980 - 35,630 12% 6%
95 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 80 $29,600 $26,130 - 34,900 -16% 0%
96 Preschool teachers, except special education 80 $28,990 $20,370 - 38,520 26% 43%
97 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 80 $28,420 $23,220 - 32,590 -0% 0%
98 Stationary engineers and boiler operators 80 $0 $ - 3% 10%
99 Construction managers 70 $75,050 $50,080 - 102,060 16% 29%
100 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 70 $45,510 $31,140 - 61,330 12% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Forks Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Gaming dealers 18,590 180 8.5
Business teachers, postsecondary 92,630 100 5.6
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 76,880 130 5.3
Production workers, all other 24,040 260 3.8
Highway maintenance workers 36,480 100 3.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,690 230 3.5
Social and human service assistants 24,370 320 3.3
Personal and home care aides 22,060 450 3.2
Bartenders 18,280 460 2.9
Sheet metal workers 39,740 140 2.9
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 42,590 210 2.8
Food servers, nonrestaurant 20,760 160 2.7
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 38,220 300 2.7
Driver/sales workers 18,060 310 2.7
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 37,340 100 2.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,050 560 2.6
Coaches and scouts 40,870 130 2.5
Parts salespersons 29,730 160 2.4
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,250 980 2.3
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,290 170 2.3
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,190 610 2.2
Cooks, short order 18,860 100 2.1
Home health aides 20,340 550 2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,150 970 2
Medical records and health information technicians 33,920 100 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 32,190 110 1.9
Child care workers 16,160 340 1.8
Correctional officers and jailers 33,440 110 1.8
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,030 180 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,800 440 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 36,440 100 1.7
Medical and health services managers 80,650 140 1.7
Waiters and waitresses 18,660 1,290 1.7
Cost estimators 44,810 120 1.6
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,810 930 1.6
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,530 160 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,350 1,360 1.6
Child, family, and school social workers 39,230 130 1.6
Teacher assistants 25,440 590 1.6
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 50,260 100 1.6
Elementary school teachers, except special education 46,850 670 1.6
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,860 1,060 1.5
Receptionists and information clerks 23,920 550 1.5
Tellers 22,440 270 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 47,980 100 1.5
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 18,530 110 1.5
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,340 200 1.4
Counter and rental clerks 19,280 200 1.4
Fire fighters 38,760 110 1.4
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,750 110 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Grand Forks, North Dakota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Loan officers 79,460 1.34 130
Bus drivers, school 34,720 1.33 140
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 31,800 1.31 320
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 76,880 1.27 130
Pharmacy technicians 33,240 1.18 110
Coaches and scouts 40,870 1.14 130
Teacher assistants 25,440 1.14 590
Personal and home care aides 22,060 1.11 450
Food preparation workers 21,230 1.11 240
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 39,230 1.08 230
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,870 1.06 130
Registered nurses 64,860 1.05 950
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,880 1.05 130
Food servers, nonrestaurant 20,760 1.03 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,390 1.02 530
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 29,450 1.01 550
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,250 1.01 980
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,350 1.01 1,360
Receptionists and information clerks 23,920 1 550
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,860 1 1,060
Waiters and waitresses 18,660 1 1,290
Cooks, fast food 17,300 0.99 190
Retail salespersons 24,160 0.99 1,960
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,530 0.98 160
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 47,280 0.98 180
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,030 0.97 180
Parts salespersons 29,730 0.97 160
Child, family, and school social workers 39,230 0.97 130
Home health aides 20,340 0.96 550
Medical and health services managers 80,650 0.95 140
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,880 0.95 180
Sheet metal workers 39,740 0.95 140
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,970 0.95 770
Medical secretaries 27,610 0.95 140
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,190 0.95 610
Tellers 22,440 0.95 270
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,460 0.95 490
General and operations managers 90,930 0.94 420
Bartenders 18,280 0.94 460
Elementary school teachers, except special education 46,850 0.94 670
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 53,440 0.94 130
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,340 0.94 200
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,290 0.94 170
Office clerks, general 23,710 0.93 990
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 36,150 0.93 510
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,810 0.93 930
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 52,620 0.93 360
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 41,900 0.93 500
Security guards 23,430 0.93 150
Electricians 43,340 0.92 160

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