Career fair shows high number of job opportunities

BISMARCK, N.D. - U.S. News and World Report says North Dakota is the fourth best state to live in, and 24/7 Wall Street says we're also number four in being business friendly. While there may be some things in North Dakota that aren't the most pleasant, the weather being one, employers say they see a competitive job market for someone looking to start a career.

Graduation is approaching and seniors at Bismarck State College are looking for the right job opportunity as they get set to head into the real world.

"There are a lot of good companies here that are looking for young employees and you know, different perspective on things," senior Ryan Knutson said.

Knutson is a petroleum engineer major. He's hoping to strike gold with one of the many employers looking for the right candidate at this job fair. With North Dakota ranking in the top four as one of the overall best states, and as one of the best business states, the career possibilities are endless.

Denise Osmond with the North Dakota Department of Transportation says it's tough to get young people to stay in the state, but believes it's a great place for them to start their careers.

"The state of North Dakota overall is such a wonderful place to be. We have so much to offer to everyone. We find so much talent in all of our local students,” Osmond said.

Knutson, who's originally from Minnesota, says he loves North Dakota and would stay if he was offered a job.

"Definitely enjoy living here and I'd take it, definitely,” Knutson said.

There were about 80 employers on hand at Thursday’s career fair.