North Dakota's Department of Labor worked in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation.

These Jobs rank as the the ones projected for the most growth, along with the average salary for each from data gathered by

Are you in one of these fields, and if so how does your salary rank among state averages?

1Personal Care Assistant131.3%$31,890
2Emergency Medical Technician130.1%$31,960
3Software Developer129.1%$79,820
4Home Health Aid128.0%$33,170
5Registered Nurse124.4%$60,840
6Medical Records Clerk123.3%$42,030
7Loan Officer122.3%$70,560
9Medical Director121.4%$97,770
10Certified Nursing Assistant120.8%$31,600
11Insurance Agent120.7%$59,720
12Claims Adjuster120.4%$48,830
13Computer Technician118.6%$52,750
14Crew Member117.9%$23,420
15Food Runner117.3%$24,950
16Licensed Practical Nurse116.8%$43,200
18Residential Advisor116.3%$30,530
19Customer Service Representative116.2%$34,680
20Assistant Manager116.0%$35,140
22Finance Manager115.5%$114,320
23Child Care Provider115.4%$22,170
25Civil Engineer115.3%$77,870
26Billing Specialist115.3%$37,000
27Bus Driver115.1%$41,790
29Business Consultant112.9%$63,960
30Retail Sales Consultant112.9%$32,230

For a list of all North Dakota jobs tracked under the Bureau of Labor and to see how your salary stands up click HERE.

Coworker wage disclosure has long been frowned upon and, in some cases, outright forbidden by HR departments anxious to keep such salary discussions strictly "need to know" only.

Yet, as the focus on pay equity in the workplace, particularly reducing the gender and racial wage inequalities, has increased, beliefs about what we ought to know about our coworkers' salaries are evolving in ways that may be advantageous to both employees and employers.

Here is information on federal protections you may have in discussing wages in the workplace, as well as a link to see if your company qualifies for protection under the NLRA.

Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to communicate with other employees at their workplace about their wages.  Wages are a vital term and condition of employment, and discussions of wages are often preliminary to organizing or other actions for mutual aid or protection.

If you are an employee covered by the Act, you may discuss wages in face-to-face conversations and written messages.  When using electronic communications, like social media, keep in mind that your employer may have policies against using their equipment.  However, policies that specifically prohibit the discussion of wages are unlawful.

You may have discussions about wages when not at work, when you are on break, and even during work if employees are permitted to have other non-work conversations.  You have these rights whether or not you are represented by a union.

Protected conversations about wages may take on many forms, including having conversations about how much you and your colleagues and managers make, presenting joint requests concerning pay to your employer; organizing a union to raise your wages; approaching an outside union for help in bargaining with your employer over pay; and approaching the National Labor Relations Board for more information on your rights under the NLRA.

In addition, you have the right to discuss and engage in outside activity with other employees concerning public issues that clearly may affect your wages – for example, minimum wage or right-to-work laws.   You may also discuss supporting employees who work elsewhere.

You also have the right not to engage in conversations or communications about your wages.

When you and another employee have a conversation or communication about your pay, it is unlawful for your employer to punish or retaliate against you in any way for having that conversation.  It is also unlawful for your employer to interrogate you about the conversation, threaten you for having it, or put you under surveillance for such conversations.  Additionally, it is unlawful for the employer to have a work rule, policy, or hiring agreement that prohibits employees from discussing their wages with each other or that requires you to get the employer’s permission to have such discussions.  If your employer does any of these things, a charge may be filed against the employer with the NLRB.

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