Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry


by Alessia Leibert

Manufacturers face unprecedented challenges in filling skilled production positions, including competition from other firms, declining interest in manufacturing careers among young people, unattractive firm locations and work shifts, uncompetitive wages, and skills gaps. Minnesota employers are investing in solutions to remove some of these barriers, but hiring difficulties persist.

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Working and Learning in Higher Education


by Mary Everley

True or false: Only professors work at colleges and universities. False! Higher education institutions in Minnesota employ more than 50,000 people.  In addition to faculty, they hire cooks, groundskeepers, plumbers, accountants, graphic designers, nurses, and more. It takes an employee base with a wide range of skills to keep a college running and students healthy.

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Smart Careers to Power the Nation


by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve probably heard about smart phones, but do you know about “smart grid” technology? Essentially how we transmit and distribute electricity can be monitored and adjusted so that the distribution of energy can be most efficient. Smart grid technology also promotes the use of renewable energy sources. As utilities continue to evolve, they’ll need workers who understand this smart technology.

 

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Big Data on the Job


by Rachel Vilsack

“Big data” refers to data sets so large and complex that traditional database management tools cannot adequately capture, store, or analyze them. While often quantified in exabytes – or one quintillion (a 1 followed by 18 zeros) – big data can also include other media, like videos, pictures, or words.  According to experts, big data will mean big business and require workers who can think big.

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Help Wanted in Northwest Minnesota


by Tim O’Neill

Hiring demand is up in Northwest Minnesota! During the second quarter of 2013, employers in this region reported a total of 7,900 job vacancies—up nearly 50 percent since the second quarter of 2011. In fact, this is the second-highest number of job vacancies reported in the region since 2001. These 7,900 vacancies translate into a job vacancy rate of 3.7 percent, which means that there were approximately 3.7 job openings per 100 jobs in the region. Jobseekers will find a higher concentration of job opportunities here than in most other regions. (Only Northeast Minnesota had a higher job vacancy rate, at 3.8 percent.)

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Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing


 by Rachel Vilsack

If you think manufacturing is just production jobs, think again! Manufacturing in Minnesota also includes careers in engineering, logistics and distribution, maintenance and repair, and business, management and administration. Manufacturing facilities are often great places to work; they are clean, bright, and have amazing high-tech equipment.

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