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College Graduate Outcomes


 

Tracking college graduate employment and wage outcomes has gained national and state importance in light of increasing costs of obtaining a postsecondary education coupled with the student debt burden taken on by a large number of college graduates.

The Minnesota Graduate Employment Outcomes tool shows the employment outcomes of recent Minnesota postsecondary graduates. Matching graduate data from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education with wage data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development enabled the development of this web-based searchable tool.

The public can search economic outcomes of Minnesota graduates working in the state. The tool does; however, have some limitations and should be used with caution.

Annual Median Wage of Minnesota College Graduates Increases with Each Level of Education

June 2006 to July 2009 graduates employed full-time, year-round in Minnesota during second and fourth year after graduation

Annual Median Wage of Minnesota College Graduates Increases with Each Level of Education

Percent of graduates working full-time, year-round after graduation shown at bottom of each bar.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development



See wages for all award types and programs of study.


Highlights for the Minnesota Postsecondary Graduating Class of 2007, 2008 and 2009

  • Minnesota postsecondary institutions graduated 189,582 students from the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • Overall, graduates working full-time from the second year to fourth year after graduation earned more than those with lower levels of education. This was true with each increase in level of award (certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree or graduate degree).
  • Seventy-three percent of all graduates were employed in Minnesota at any time (worked in any one of the four quarters) during the second year after graduation.
  • Fifty percent of all graduates were employed full-time, year-round in Minnesota during the fourth year after graduation, an increase from 43 percent in second year.
  • Hourly median wage for all graduates was $17.77 in the first quarter 24 months after graduation and $21.12 in the first quarter 48 months after graduation.
  • Annual median wage was $30,825 for all employed graduates working full-time, year-round statewide during the second year after graduates and $46,064 during the fourth year after graduation.
  • Annual median wages were higher for graduates working in the Twin Cities than those working in Greater Minnesota.
  • The program of study or major, along with the level of award earned, showed the greatest effect on wages earned by graduates.
  • Graduates who majored in engineering and engineering technologies, health science and computer sciences earned the most at every level of award. These are the same occupations that are high-wage, high-demand occupations in Minnesota and in the nation.
  • Health care and social assistance industry employs the highest percentage of graduates at all levels of education except at the post-bachelors degree level where educational services employed the most.

Five Industries Employ 60 Percent of Graduates 24 Months After Graduation

116,978 graduates from the Class of 2010, 2011 and 2012

Five Industries Employ 60 Percent of Graduates 24 Months After Graduation

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


What is Available to Search in Graduate Employment Outcomes Tool

  • Employment outcomes of Minnesota college graduating classes 2007 to 2012 working in Minnesota
  • Hourly wages of graduates either 12, 24 or 48 months after graduation
  • Annual wages of full-time, year-round graduates between second and fourth year after graduation
  • Type of Minnesota postsecondary institution conferring award
  • Wages for Minnesota statewide, Twin Cities region or Greater Minnesota
  • Level of award received, either certificates below bachelor's degree, associate degree, bachelor's degree and awards earned above bachelor's degree
  • Program and major of graduates at the 2-digit and 4-digit CIP level
  • Top five industries where college graduates found employment 24 months after graduation

 

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