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Educational Requirements for Occupations

The Educational Requirements for Occupations data table shows typical educational requirements for all occupations in Minnesota.


The Educational Requirements Table is a table listing every occupation in Minnesota, with the typical education required for jobs in that occupation in Minnesota, updated through 2020. It also shows the distribution of minimum education requirements listed by employers who responded to the state’s Job Vacancy Survey, which was an important consideration when choosing the typical requirement for each occupation. This is an update and modification of the classification used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Occupational Employment Handbook, but tailored to Minnesota.

Data source

This classification relied on a number of data sources.

For more detail on the methodology used in creating this table, and analysis of the educational needs of Minnesota’s workforce, see this article in the December 2016 issue of Minnesota Economic Trends.

The starting point was the Bureau of Labor Statistics classification used in the Occupational Employment Handbook.

The Minnesota-specific classification relied heavily on 31,701 responses to DEED’s biannual Job Vacancy Survey, where 727,860 vacancies were reported in the state across 787 occupations between the second quarter of 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2015.

Other sources of information included survey responses of incumbent workers by O*Net, graduation data by program, Minnesota Statutes and Rules, and current accreditation requirements for many professions.

Occupations are classified using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) typology.

What can it provide?

  • Identify the single level of education typically required, for over 800 occupations
  • Provide a way to analyze the Minnesota workforce based on the educational requirements of the jobs in the state.
  • Most useful in conjunction with other sources of data on occupations, for example data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program and Employment Projections.

How is the data formatted?

Downloadable Excel workbook.

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