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College Graduate Outcomes


 

Tracking college graduate employment and wage outcomes has gained national and state importance in light of increasing student debt burden taken on by a large number of college graduates, coupled with the recent difficulty of graduates finding employment.

A new 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.

This is the first time the public can search economic outcomes of Minnesota graduates working in the state. However, the tool does have some limitations and should be used with caution. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has prepared a brief analysis of the Graduate Employment Outcomes tool.

Annual Median Wage of Minnesota College Graduates Increases with Each Level of Education
Employed full-time, year-round in Minnesota during second year after graduation

Employed full-time, year-round in Minnesota during second year after graduation

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


Highlights for the Minnesota Postsecondary Graduate Class of 2011

  • Overall, college graduates working full-time during each quarter of the second year after graduation earned more with each increase in level of award (certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree or graduate degree) than those with lower levels of education.
  • 75 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.
  • Of employed graduates, 59 percent were employed year-round (worked in each of the four quarters) during the second year after graduation.
  • Of employed graduates, 31 percent were employed full-time, year-round during the second year after graduation.
  • Hourly median wage for all graduates was $16.51 in the first quarter 12 months after graduation and $18.41 in the first quarter 24 months after graduation.
  • Annual median wage was $28,518 for all employed graduates (regardless of number of hours worked) and $41,485 for graduates working full-time year-round during the second year after graduation.
  • 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.

60 Percent of Graduates Are Employed in Top 5 Industries Class of 2011 employed 24 months after graduation

60 Percent of Graduates Are Employed in Top 5 Industries Class of 2011 employed 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 college graduate class of 2010 and 2011 working in Minnesota
  • Hourly wages of graduates either 12 months or 24 months after graduation
  • Annual wages of full-time, year-round graduates during second year after graduation
  • Type of Minnesota postsecondary institution conferring award
  • 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 5 industries where college graduates found employment 24 months after graduation

 

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