Top Jobs for Millennials in Minnesota

13 Nov 2017

Stevens was a performance measures intern at DEED this summer. He is a senior at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, studying economics and political science.

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Millennials account for 36 percent of the labor force in Minnesota, eclipsing both baby boomers and Generation X.

Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. As baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) continue to leave the workforce, millennials (born between 1981 and 1999)1 seek to fill the void they are leaving behind.

For millennials in college or for those looking for a new career path, the question becomes what occupations offer the best opportunity for good pay, stability, growth and opportunity. What are the best jobs for millennials? In this article we compile a list of the best jobs for millennials in Minnesota based on wages, projected growth, millennial share of employment and total number of jobs statewide. Further, we break down the best jobs for millennials by educational requirement and area of study or interest.

It’s a Millennial’s World

The millennial generation is large. As of 2015, millennials accounted for about 25 percent of Minnesota’s population and nearly 36 percent of the state’s labor force. In fact, millennials now comprise the largest segment of Minnesota’s labor force, while Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) and baby boomer workers comprise approximately 33 and 30 percent of the labor force, respectively.2

Fortunately, working-age millennials (ages 25 to 36) are increasingly finding work opportunities statewide, with unemployment rates on par with the average unemployment rate across all working-age groups.

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