Which High-Paying Jobs Don’t Require a Degree?


by Denise Felder ~

Maybe you’ve heard – The job market has changed.

Most good paying jobs now require a college degree or some other type of postsecondary credential, like an apprenticeship. That means that there are fewer jobs available to someone with only a high school diploma today than there were 20 or 30 years ago. Continue reading

A Shot in the Arm for a Career in Nursing


by Tim O’Neill~

It’s funny how my new job has given me a new perspective on my old job.  Prior to becoming a regional labor market analyst with DEED, I was employed as a surgical support specialist at a Twin Cities hospital.  While I love what I’m doing now, our data show that pursuing a career pathway to nursing would have been an excellent decision!

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Skilled Trades That Allow You to Travel


by Monica Gomez ~

You might think that finding a job that allows you the freedom to travel requires a four-year degree, or even a more advanced education. However, there is good news for those who are interested in working in a hands-on environment. Skilled-trades workers have a number of opportunities to travel for their job. And these jobs often do not require a degree.

Here are just some of the blue-collar jobs that allow you to travel for work.

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Students Are Not Robots! Using Technology to Create Meaningful Communication


by Eric Chester ~

When I was a teenager growing up in the 70s, my father wanted me to get a much better education than the 10th grade education he had to settle for during the Great Depression.

To scare me into studying harder, Dad would tear out pages of the futuristic monthly magazine, Popular Science, and lay them on my bed to show me that computers would someday take over the world. And if I couldn’t use a computer, someday I would be replaced by one.

Dear old Dad was smarter than I thought back then. His prediction has become a reality; at least, for me it has.

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Manufacture a Career in the Southwest (Minnesota, that is)


by Luke Greiner~

When people think of the jobs that can be found in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a relatively short list of only production occupations, such as assemblers or welders.

This makes sense, as nearly 60% of all occupations in manufacturing are classified as “production” jobs in Southwest Minnesota. That means that over 40% (or 16,320 manufacturing occupations) are not. Instead, the manufacturing industry offers a diverse and well compensated mix of occupations.

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Creating a Career and Education Plan


by Tricia Dahlman ~

The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan.   10s08jc0086The plan should include these key elements:

  • academic scheduling
  • career exploration
  • career and employment-related skills
  • community partnerships
  • college access
  • all forms of postsecondary training
  • experiential learning opportunities

Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices. Continue reading