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How to Find Jobs in North Dakota

December 14th, 2013 7:17 am

You can find jobs in  the North Dakota Job Service, you will find jobs and generally higher wages in here.

High demand jobs

Construction workers, welders and anyone with a Class A commercial driver’s license can find work easily at higher wages than in other regions of the country. People with other skills can also find work at higher wages in many different industries. In some instances, says the Job Service, “the wages for these positions may rival, if not surpass, the wages of some oilfield positions.”

Where to start

Go to Oilfield Jobs on the North Dakota Job Service website. Check out oilfield company websites. Check out careerbuilder or monster or any other job posting site. Be aware that oilfield jobs are scattered throughout the Bakken Formation, which covers portions of several states as well as Canada. While the city of Williston sits on the Williston Basin, the basin encompasses a much larger area than just the city.

Make reservations ahead

Be prepared to sleep in your car if you just drive to the Williston area. Calling ahead for a hotel room or a campsite is highly recommended. In fact, some companies will not take applications on site. Those companies usually note that in their job posting on

Ask for housing assistance

Employers are beginning to offer housing assistance due to the scarce housing situation. Also, check out housing options before you arrive, such as temporary arrangements with hotels. Everyone is asking and locals are sensitive to the need for housing assistance.

Home Value Trends in North Dakota

July 4th, 2012 12:25 pm

North Dakota (capital city: Bismarck) isn’t a state often thrown about in the news, but one that has much to offer regardless. With a relatively small population at 635,867 in 2006 for a broad state, North Dakota has wide open spaces and wildlife enough for any adventurer. The state’s economy is heavily agricultural, with wheat, cattle, barley, sunflower, milk and sugar beets being it’s main products. North Dakota’s main industrial services are food processing, machinery, mining and tourism. The varied economy and relative rural-ness of the state keeps home value prices at a relatively affordable price.

Tourism is a major factor in the real estate market and home value averages of any area. The more popular an area, the more likely it is to see large growth of residents, and demand for housing in the area will lead to a booming market, so it’s always good for a state to play up its tourism aspect. North Dakota has plenty of historical and cultural sites to offer visitors, with several different American Indian (including the Sioux) originating in the area. The state is full of adventure activities such as hiking, biking, camping, boating, sailing, skiing, wildlife viewing, fishing and much, much more. National and state parks abound and North Dakota has plenty of family friendly activities such as museums, arcades, go-karting, recreational centers, water parks, zoos, etc. Family attractions are always a huge pull for families, and the more family-friendly an area, the better off its real estate market.

With an unemployment rate of about 3.3% in April and an median household income of about $41,000 in 2005, North Dakota is not one of the wealthiest states in America, but it does have low costs of living. In April 2007, the median home value of properties sold was $325,831, meaning in April, half the homes sold were of higher home value while the other half were of lower. The median assessed home value was about $152,011 and the average home value of a single family home, condo or townhouse was about $164,601 in 2006, keeping homes affordable in the state.

Home value averages rose steadily from 2005-2006 and continue to do so, though more slowly through 2007. Cities and more populated areas tend to average higher home value prices and according to real estate professionals in the Bismarck area, the market still shows steady growth, with home value prices still increasing in numerous sub-divisions and a good balance of buyers and sellers entering the market.