Still deciding on college? DEED's updated employment tool can help

What are the trends for jobs in high demand? A new online tool is providing information to jobseekers and students, either a statewide view or by region right down to occupations with growing demand and how much those careers pay. The state's Gra...


What are the trends for jobs in high demand?

A new online tool is providing information to jobseekers and students, either a statewide view or by region right down to occupations with growing demand and how much those careers pay.

The state's Graduate Employment Outcomes online tool has been enhanced to display job and earnings of graduates by program at 141 higher education institutions in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development first unveiled the tool in May 2014. The main goal of the tool is to help students make informed choices about which fields of study in Minnesota offer the best opportunities for jobs and good wages.

"The upgrade means students can now determine employment outcomes for programs at specific educational institutions in the state," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, in a news release. "This is a significant enhancement that will help parents and students decide not only what fields of study to pursue, but which schools to attend."


The Graduate Employment Outcomes tool provides data by school, educational program and degree awarded, allowing students and their families to find information for and make comparisons across specific schools and programs. The tool can answer the following questions.

1. How many graduates found jobs?

2. How many graduates found full-time year-round jobs?

3. What did graduates working in Minnesota earn one year, two years and four years after graduation?

4. How many graduates re-enrolled in school to continue their educations after graduation?

5. Are graduates employed in industries related to the areas they trained for?

6. Are graduates employed in the same region where they attended school? How many relocated to a different region of the state, and how do wages differ by region?

Together these data can help students make decisions on what educational programs to pursue and at what schools. The information can also help students and their families make decisions on how much educational debt to take on in comparison to potential future earnings.


Along with students and parents, other potential users of the tool include educators who want to align post-secondary program offerings with labor market demand and policymakers who want to identify which sectors of the economy have an oversupply and undersupply of workers.

Data on employment and wage outcomes for graduates at the institution-level are mandated by state law.

The workforce and education data displayed in the tool were collected through a collaboration of DEED and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Wage records, based on employer payroll and tax reporting systems, and post-secondary graduation information from OHE were the data sources. The data will be updated annually with each new graduating class.


Search tool

The website also allows people to list titles of jobs they've done and then get a list of other jobs they can do with the experience they have, as well as compare job openings, wages and training. For example, with the search tool, a search finds half of all reporter jobs in the metro area pay within $14.78 to $32.33 per hour with 250 job openings expected in the next 10 years and a bachelor's degree is typically needed to get the job. The search tool also provides links to current job openings in the field from across the state and region. Additionally, the search tool provides a link to schools offering journalism programs.

The tool shows one of the jobs in high demand is a personal care aide or home health aide with a wage of about $24,000 or a nursing assistant with a wage of about $27,000 or a medical assistant with a wage of $34,876. An occupational therapy assistant is a job with demand, just not as high as the previous health related positions listed, but with a higher wage of $46,934.

Another career path with a high demand and higher wage was in computer user support and in computer network support specialists with a wage of about $50,000 to $60,000.


A telecommunications engineering specialist is a high demand job with a wage of $95,435. Computer and information systems managers were also in high demand with a wage of $123,106. Database administrators are listed in high demand with a wage of $91,389. Web developers are in high demand with a wage of $63,556.


Jobs and wages


Job sector Number of graduates Median hourly wage (1-year after graduation)

Agriculture 1,349 $15.29 to $17.88

Biological/biomedical 2,552 $14.86

Business (management/marketing) 11,894 $20.51

Communication/journalism 1,687 $16.11

Computer/information sciences 2,278 $21.59

Construction trades 1,105 $17.40

Education 6,224 $24.36

Engineering 1,988 $27.81

English language/literature 1,378 $15.07

Family and consumer sciences 651 $13.14

Foreign languages 670 $15.13

Health professions 14,450 $20.06

History 485 $13.93

Police/fire/security 2,309 $15.61

Legal professions 1,560 $21.67

Liberal arts 6,660 $12.57

Library science 68 $18.85

Mechanic/repair 1,262 $15.06

Natural resources 626 $14.69

Parks/rec/fitness 1,194 $14.53

Personal/culinary services 2,602 $14.63

Psychology 2,645 $15.24

Public administration 1,609 $18.16

Visual/performing arts 2,587 $13.12


Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. These numbers are the latest from 2012-2013, Minnesota statewide and with all schools, public and private, from certificate programs to two- and four-year colleges or universities. Jobs cover the instructional program from the graduating institution and lump jobs together from the various fields.

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