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Graduate Employment Outcomes in the Twin Cities

3/1/2016 2:23:55 PM

Tim O'Neill

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Office of Higher Education gather and publish employment data on recent graduates from post-secondary institutions in the state. At its broadest definition, the Graduate Employment Outcomes tool (GEO) tracks how Minnesota graduates are doing in the state’s labor market two, three, and four years after completing their programs.

Specifically, the tool highlights how graduates are doing in terms of employment, full-time year-round employment, wages, wage growth over time, industries of employment, and regions of employment. Users of the tool can discover these outcomes for multiple indicators, including:

  • Graduation Year
  • School Location
  • Award Type (certificates, associate degree, bachelor's degree, graduate degree)
  • Institution Type
  • Instructional Program

As of March 2016, the GEO tool has also been enhanced to display employment and earnings of graduates by program at each of the 141 higher education institutions in the state. As DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben recently commented, “This is a significant enhancement that will help parents and students decide not only what fields of study to pursue, but which schools to attend.”

The GEO data is both extensive and powerful. The benefits of the data not only reach out to prospective students considering post-secondary education in Minnesota, as well as their parents; but also to career counselors, education program planners, and policy makers. This is especially important, considering the state’s tight labor market conditions.

For a snapshot of the data GEO provides, here are some data from the top programs with the largest number of graduates from the 2012-2013 cohort for institutions located in the seven-county Metro Area:


The data within GEO will be updated annually with each new graduation class. Check out the GEO tool to learn more about graduate outcomes in Minnesota, and add it to the wealth of information available on employment in the state with DEED’s numerous labor market resources.

For More Information

Contact Tim O'Neill at 651-259-7401.

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