High Wage and High Demand Occupations

Discover careers in the Lincoln metropolitan area with wages that sustain a living income and are currently in high demand. Our career planners will help you:

  • Explore top professions
  • Develop a strategic plan for the necessary training and education
  • Facilitate connections with employers in these areas

High Wage

Professions with a median hourly wage exceeding $20.00 or an annual income of $41,600.

High Demand

Professions with a minimum of 100 job openings annually in the Lincoln area.

Graph of Healthcare Jobs with Openings and Wages

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Average Openings and Wages for Healthcare Jobs in Lincoln, NE

wdt_ID Occupation Title Occupation Title (unlinked) Average Annual Openings Average Annual Wage Average Hourly Wage
12 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 10 73,396 35.29
13 Dental Assistants Dental Assistants 54 46,835 22.51
14 Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants 26 58,599 28.17
15 Surgical Technologists Surgical Technologists 17 52,683 25.33
16 Radiologic Technologists Radiologic Technologists 28 60,669 29.17
17 Dieticians & Nutritionists Dieticians & Nutritionists 7 59,347 28.53
18 Respiratory Therapists Respiratory Therapists 15 63,440 30.50
19 Registered Nurses Registered Nurses 298 72,693 34.95
20 Dental Hygenists Dental Hygenists 27 83,379 40.08
21 Clinical Laboratory Technologists & Technicians Clinical Laboratory Technologists & Technicians 37 49,214 23.66
22 Licensed Practical Nurses & Licensed Vocational Nurses Licensed Practical Nurses & Licensed Vocational Nurses 89 50,623 24.33

* Numbers reported are yearly averages.

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Explore the work activities, technology skills, tasks, education requirements, and work styles and values associated with the occupations above. Uncover your interests by taking the O*Net Interest Profiler.

The American Job Center can help you successfully enter a career in Healthcare by funding the class-room training, helping you prepare for the interview, and everything in between. Explore our training programs here.


The above information is for the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes the Nebraska counties of Lancaster and Seward.  

The 2020-2030 Long-term projections are based on employment data from 2020. During this time, employment in many occupations was lower than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some occupations are projected to experience high job growth as they recover from the effects of the pandemic. 

Skill and Demand from 2020-2030 Long-term Occupational Projections, July 2022  

Wages from Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2nd Quarter 2022  

Information produced by The Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Labor Market Information, Workforce Information Grant Unit, August 2022