Labor Market Infographics – Know Before You Go


Today’s labor market is very different than it was 20+ years ago when many of our parents and teachers were making decisions about their career.  Please share these infographics with your students, parents, teachers and greater community so that students can make informed decisions regarding their future.



Graphic 1A:  Annual Wages by Education Level

The type of position you go to school for is a vital factor in determining your future wages.  For example, students who graduated from a Minnesota college in 2010/2011 with an Associate Degree in the Construction Trades is making a median full-time wage of $50,831 compared to a graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences; General Studies and Humanities who is making $38,930 (Source: DEED Graduate Employment Outcomes).


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Graphic 1B: Major Matters

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Graphic 2:  Average Annual Tuition

When deciding on a career, consider the cost of education as it compares to projected earnings.  Higher education often brings significant benefits, such as increased earnings and job opportunities, along with newly minted skills and knowledge. However, the price for this expanded horizon has become increasingly more costly.  Learn more at:


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Graphic 3:  Cost of a Degree

An Associate’s degree at a state college will cost roughly $36,670 ($18,335 x 2 years) and a Bachelor’s degree with four years attending a state university will cost roughly $82,932 ($20,733 x 4 years).  These rough estimates do not factor in annual changes in tuition or other expenses.

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Graphic 4:  Jobs in Demand in Your Region

Here are the current jobs in demand in your region of Minnesota by education level.














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Click here for complete “Know Before You Go” handout

Additional Information: Maps of Greater Minnesota Demographics and Graduate Outcomes by School District

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