Will I Make Enough Money?


~by Joy Brown

Whether you’re exploring career options for the first time or interested in a career tune-up, there is one rubber-meets-the-road issue that most of us have to face:  Will I make enough money?

While deciding what is “enough”  can be a very complex and personal question, the Cost of Living Tool from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)  provides information to help you make decisions. Continue reading

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

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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New Tool Helps Grads Find Employment Outcomes


by Luke Greiner ~

If you’re like most students, you eagerly anticipate graduation.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE) estimated that roughly 450,000 Minnesotans are currently enrolled in college and looking forward to their graduation day. However, after the party hats are set aside, and there are no more finals to cram for, the challenge of finding a job will consume as much or more of your time as studying once did.

Thanks to a new tool provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), you are now able to find out where graduates got jobs for every major educational program offered in Minnesota. This is a way for you to see how your degree or credentials match employer demand. Continue reading

What's Happening to Middle Wage Jobs?


Employers are hiring, according to Minnesota’s Job Vacancy Survey. There were 62,950 job openings in Minnesota in second quarter 2012, a 15.1 percent increase compared to one year ago and a 26.2 percent increase from last fall. These data suggest that the labor market is beginning to come back into alignment after the recession. But are job seekers finding opportunities with good wage prospects?

 

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What’s Happening to Middle Wage Jobs?


Employers are hiring, according to Minnesota’s Job Vacancy Survey. There were 62,950 job openings in Minnesota in second quarter 2012, a 15.1 percent increase compared to one year ago and a 26.2 percent increase from last fall. These data suggest that the labor market is beginning to come back into alignment after the recession. But are job seekers finding opportunities with good wage prospects?

 

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Knowing Employment Law


by Rachel Vilsack

Questions about “is it legal for my employer to…” come in frequently to the Labor Market Information Office. While we are experts on helping people find career and job information, legal advice is best left to lawyers and experts in employment law. If you work in Minnesota, do you know your rights?

 

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