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  • In 2016, Minnesota produced about 28,000 graduates across 97 educational institutions in fields related to ten selected occupational fields: computer occupations, business specialists, engineers, life/physical scientists, life/physical science and engineering technicians, health technologists and technicians, assemblers/fabricators, metal/plastics production workers, and plant/system operators.

+ Minnesotans complete higher education degrees

Minnesota among nation's best in obtaining degrees
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  • Leading fields of degrees are business (about 10,900), health professions (about 4,400), computer and information sciences (about 3,500), biological and biomedical sciences (about 3,000), engineering (about 2,100) and engineering technologies (about 1,100) in 2016. The main levels of awarded degrees were Bachelor’s degrees (43 percent), Associate’s degrees (18 percent) and Master’s degrees (17 percent).

  • In 2016, 93.5 percent of the Twin Cities population aged 25 and over had a high school degree, ranking the Twin Cities first among largest metropolitan areas, according to the Census Bureau. The national rate was 87.5 percent.


  • Standout educational attainment rates help give Minnesota a workforce advantage. The Twin Cities metro area has an economic gravitational pull, drawing in educated workers from throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond.

  • Because of the draw of the Twin Cities economy, Minnesota benefits from a net inflow of educated workers both regionally and beyond. Between 2011 and 2015, 36,420 with a bachelor’s degree or higher moved to Minnesota, a net inflow of 7,315 people. The majority of these people come from Minnesota’s border-states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

  • Minnesota’s colleges and universities play a key role in attracting potential international students and workers to Minnesota. Nearly 15,000 students from outside the U.S. attended Minnesota institutions in 2015-16, with the University of Minnesota leading the way with 7,037 international students (ranking 20th nationally). Further, almost 10,000 students attending Minnesota colleges and universities participated in study abroad programs in 2015-2016, and returned with global perspectives that likely enhance their work skills, creativity and interpersonal relationships.


  • Minnesota is promoting the employee training model through apprenticeship programs for businesses looking for a highly diverse and skilled workforce. Learn more about the incentives for businesses to implement an apprenticeship program and how to improve employee retention and recruitment.
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