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Occupational and Professional Demand

For a variety of technician positions (biological, environmental science, conservation) an associate’s degree will qualify a student for potential employment, however, often further schooling is needed or may be necessary to compete more successfully for open positions. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) gives current and projected employment for a variety of positions. In southeast Minnesota, technician positions listed above, and environmental scientists, plant/soil scientists, natural science managers, and foresters are positions that are projected to increase 22.7% on average from 2004 to 2014, resulting in a total of 239 job openings and over 700 employees in those fields by 2014. On a state-wide level, those positions are projected to increase 15.5%, resulting in a total of 2,637 job openings and over 8,100 employees in those fields by 2014.

Acinet.org provided information about fastest growing occupations with a national average of 13% increase projected. We analyzed data for Minnesota and the four surrounding states. For the time period 2004-2014, biological technician ranks 21st fastest growing occupation, with an increase of 22% over this time period in Minnesota. Comparatively, in Iowa this ranked 36th with a 14% increase, Wisconsin ranked 38th with a 12% increase, South Dakota ranked 35th with a 15% increase, and North Dakota ranked 40th with a 5% increase.

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Link to Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Last Updated: December 4, 2014

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