The facts about career technical education

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Making a decision about going to college can be very difficult. Trying to figure out what types of careers you are interested in can be overwhelming. Maybe you are already working and you are thinking about going back to school to get a certificate to help you advance in your current career field. Maybe you are thinking about changing careers all together. Whatever your decision is, take the time to research the facts.

Knowledge is power

Dig for the facts. You're investing a lot of time and money to further your education. Take time to research the job market and job growth in your career field. For example, if you are interested in alternative energy or water conservation careers, use the tools and resources below to find out the job growth for that career in Minnesota or in your city.

CAREERwise Education
CAREERwise Education, where you can explore careers, plan your education and find a job. Use the many research tools to explore different jobs, learn about employers, find out how much others make in a variety of career fields and research what types of skills employers are looking for.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Nothing tells a story like numbers. And here is where the numbers do all the talking. Use their Data Tools to find out the types of occupations in high demand in your city. It includes how much money you make an hour and the type of degree or training you will need. Researching the facts about your career choices will help you make a better decision. These are the same tools tools used by experts. And now you can do your own research!

Did you know?

  • The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities educate 83% of the state's new nursing graduates.
  • The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities educate 84% of new graduates in the construction trades.
  • Since 1997, the Mechatronics program at Alexandria Technical and Community College has placed more than 150 graduates at companies throughout Minnesota and the country.
  • Registered Nurses topped off the list of high pay careers with the most openings in Minnesota. *Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development, Employment Outlook Tool.
  • Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses along with Accountants and Auditors, rank 2nd and 3rd on the list of high pay careers with the most openings in Minnesota. *Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development, Employment Outlook Tool.

Every week, we'll provide new and interesting facts to keep you informed about your education and career choices.

  • The Occupations in Demand data tool lets you see which occupations are in highest demand. You can search by region or all across Minnesota.
  • The Match Jobs to Experience (JobSTAT) Tool lets you enter the title of a job you’ve done, and get a list of other jobs you can do with that experience. Then select job openings, typical wages, and training options.
  • Information for job seekers - It's a tough job market. If you have been recently unemployed, returning from service duty, know someone who is blind or visually impaired or would like career-planning and guidance, this is great website to visit. They offer services for all Minnesotans.

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