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Minnesota Vocational and Technical Schools

Minnesota may be called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but the 12th largest state in the U.S. actually has more than 15,000 lakes, which makes it a recreational paradise. In 2013, Minnesota was home to 5.42 million residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and about 60 percent of them lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Minnesota's economy is bolstered by a diverse array of high-growth industry sectors. Manufacturing, construction, health care, green energy, bioscience and business/financial headquarters all are industries expected to perform well in the coming years, meaning that students enrolled in Minnesota vocational and technical schools may wish to seek a number of career opportunities.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MNDEED), manufacturing and construction were the sectors experiencing the greatest amount of job growth between 2012 and 2013. Education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality also experienced strong growth. Below is a sampling of some of the industries employing the largest numbers of people in Minnesota, as well as the projected employment growth for those sectors between 2010 and 2020:

  • Production: 216,090; 4.9 percent growth (manufacturing)
  • Construction and extraction: 85,170; 39.3 percent growth
  • Business and financial operations: 155,890; 8.6 percent (financial activities) and 16.6 percent (professional and business services)
  • Education, training, and library occupations: 154,240; 31.7 percent (education and health services combined)
  • Health care practitioners and technical occupations: 158,240

Minnesota economy and wage information

MNDEED has identified a number of key industry sectors that are expected to be very important in Minnesota in the years to come, because they are high-growth and high-pay industries. These are manufacturing, bioscience, alternative power (particularly wind), clean technology and customer call centers. Following are a few positions in these key sectors that students at Minnesota vocational and technical schools can prepare for, with mean annual salary information for May 2013 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov):

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians133037690800
Mechanical Drafters256055270-3,300
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic45503692020,400
Industrial Machinery Mechanics58105186060,300
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers202203665070,900
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

According to the Minnesota High-Tech Association, Minnesota will need approximately 188,000 qualified workers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by 2018, to fill the positions in these key economic sectors. A terrific first step to helping fill those needs is to explore earning your training at one of Minnesota's vocational and technical schools.

Sources:

"May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Minnesota," Bureau of Labor Statistics,http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_mn.htm
"Minnesota," U.S. Census Bureau, State & County QuickFacts, 2013, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27000.html
"Minnesota Facts, Symbols," Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/minnesota.php
"Research and Analysis," Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 2014, https://mn.gov/deed/data/research/
"STEM Internship Program Helps Minnesota Companies Meet Future Workforce Needs," Minnesota High-Tech Association, accessed June 30, 2014, http://www.mhta.org/stem-internship-program-helps-minnesota-companies-meet-future-workforce-needs/
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Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential.

Programs : M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure), M.S. in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership, M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Welcome to Cumberland University! Cumberland University is located in Lebanon, Tennessee, 30 miles east of Nashville. Founded in 1842, Cumberland University offers a variety of educational, athletic and social experiences to enhance the learning opportunities of the current student body. The university has an exceptional academic program steeped in the liberal arts. Athletic teams regularly compete for conference and national championships.

Programs : MBA Degree, RN-BSN Degree, Business Degree, and more.

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Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

Programs : DBA - Leadership, PhD - Information Technology General, MS - Social and Community Services , and more.

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Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Drafting with AutoCAD, Pharmacy Technician, Diesel Mechanics, and more.

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With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs : M.Div: Leadership, MA Theological Studies: Theology, MAR: Church History, and more.

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At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).

Programs : B.S. in Environmental Science, Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction, and more.

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St Louis Park: 435 Ford Road Suite 1000 St Louis Park, MN 55426

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

Programs : M.A. Psychology, Online Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, BCBA Respecialization Certificate, and more.

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Further your education and strengthen your skill set at Rasmussen College

Programs : Supply Chain Management Bachelor's, Health Information Technician Associates Degree, Early Childhood Education Associate's - English Language Learner, and more.

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Saint Cloud: 226 Park Avenue South Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Lake Elmo: 8565 Eagle Point Circle Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Circle Pines: 3629 95th Avenue Northeast Circle Pines, MN 55014

Mankato: 501 Holly Lane Mankato, MN 56001

Minneapolis: 4400 West 78th Street 6th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55435

Moorhead: 1250 29th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560

Prepare for an exciting cosmetology career today at Empire Beauty Schools.

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Bloomington: 9749 Lyndale Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420

Eden Prairie: 964 Prairie Center Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Minneapolis: University IV Shopping Center 8205 University Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55432

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Programs : Studio Photography (C), Culinary Management (BS), Web Design (D), and more.

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