Labor Market Information

Know Before You Go

Through our “Know Before You Go” campaign, our goal is to provide easy-to-read labor market information to educate students and job seekers to make informed decisions about the variety of career options in southwest Minnesota. Keep in mind that you have local experts ready to assist you by providing industry information, presentations around the topics of career readiness and preparation, job search and career advisory services.

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Labor Market Information

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, etc., so that students can make informed decisions regarding their future.

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 2010/11 with an Associate Degree in 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.

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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.

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

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Interested in a Program or service?

Our career specialists can help you identify a direction and develop a plan of action. The initial meeting can be the most important first step you will take toward preparing for a successful future.

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