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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):

  • Mechanical drafters: $55,320
  • Industrial machinery mechanics: $50,940
  • Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic: $47,640
  • Agricultural and food science technicians: $39,050
  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers: $38,550

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/
Vocational Schools in Minnesota
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Programs : BS in Business/Public Sector, Doctor of Health Administration, B.S. in Information Technology - Business System Analysis, and more..

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Online: Online, MN

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

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Hospitality Management (BS), Interior Design (BFA), Baking & Pastry (AS), and more..

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Minneapolis: 15 South 9th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

Further your education and strengthen your skill set at Rasmussen College

Programs : Health Information Technician Associates Degree, Early Childhood Education Associate's - English Language Learner, Information Technology Management Associate`s¬óComputer Information Technology, and more..

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

Minneapolis: 8301 93rd Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55445

Mankato: 501 Holly Lane Mankato, MN 56001

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

Moorhead: 1250 29th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560

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

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Programs : Criminal Justice, AA (Online), Criminal Justice, BA (Online), Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only), and more..

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Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Five colleges of study.  One clear focus: Your career success. Earn the respect of employers with a degree you can earn on campus, online or both.

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Chicago: Chicago, IL

Minneapolis: 7700 France Ave. S. Ste. 575 Minneapolis, MN 55435

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Writing Children's Books, Medical Transcription, Medical Office Assisting, and more..

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Norcross: Norcross, GA

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course, and more..

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Thanks to Florida Tech offering intensive degree programs 100% online, students located all over the world have the opportunity to access the same world-class education as those who attend classes on the main campus in Melbourne, Florida.

Programs : Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology, Mini MBA Certificate/Internet Marketing, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, and more..

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Tampa: 9417 Princess Palm Ave Tampa, FL 33619

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

Programs : Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, M.Div: Leadership, MA Theological Studies: Theology, and more..

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Lynchburg: 1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24502

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

Saint Paul: 1905 Suburban Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55119

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

Bloomington: 9749 Lyndale Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420

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