Start looking for jobs in North Dakota as soon as possible. The state has traditionally had a predominantly agricultural economy, but in recent decades it’s diversified to include energy, education and healthcare, as well as services and technology.
When looking for North Dakota jobs, you’ll be pleased to find the state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country: in December 2011, this was 3.3 percent, which is 5.3 percent lower than the national average. In fact, in order to fulfill the need for skilled labor, the state government is actively attracting out-of-state workers by helping them find appropriate North Dakota jobs.
Where to Find North Dakota Job Listings
The first place to look for North Dakota job listings is the Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. This has links to some helpful resources, including Experience ND, which offers one-on-one assistance for job seekers relocating to ND. Job Service North Dakota allows you to browse North Dakota job listings and apply for North Dakota jobs online.
If you know what industry you want to work in and which companies are the major employers in the area, you can also look for jobs in North Dakota on the companies’ individual websites. Local newspapers such as the Bismarck Tribune, the West Fargo Pioneer and the Grand Forks Herald are also good sources for North Dakota job listings.
Best Metro Areas for North Dakota Jobs and Commuting
Government: The best places to look for jobs in North Dakota government and federal government are Bismarck, the capital, Grand Forks at the Grand Forks Air Base, and Minot with the Minot Air Force Base.
Education: Look for North Dakota job listings in education in Bismarck-Mandan and in Fargo, at North Dakota University and other colleges. Also look in West Fargo, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Jamestown with smaller colleges and the public school districts.
Healthcare: There are numerous North Dakota jobs in healthcare in Bismarck-Mandan, Fargo, Grand Forks and Dickinson.
Retail: You can look for North Dakota jobs in retail in Bismarck-Mandan, in Fargo at West Acres Shopping Center, and in Grand Forks and Jamestown.
Manufacturing and Distribution: Grand Forks, Dickinson, Jamestown and Wahpeton are the best places to look for jobs in these sectors.
Agriculture and Food Processing: Look for jobs in North Dakota agriculture and food processing in West Fargo, as well as Grand Forks, Jamestown, Williston and Wahpeton.
Transportation: You can find jobs in North Dakota transportation in Grand Forks, at Grand Forks International Airport.
Mining, Natural Resources Extraction: Minot and Williston are centers for a number of oil drilling and petroleum companies.
Tourism and Hospitality: Though ND is the least visited state in the country in terms of tourism, you can still find jobs in this economic sector. Look in Bismarck, Minot, West Fargo, Dickinson and Williston.
Commuting: Mandan and West Fargo are both commuter communities.