Spring in Minnesota means warmer weather, blooming flowers and plants, and a fresh crop of college graduates all heading out into the job market. And we now know just which college graduates are set to be the highest-paid in Minnesota, thanks to the discipline in which they majored.

These days, finding a job that pays well and offers generous benefits, along with a decent work-life balance, can be tough to do, both here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and across the country.

But there is one important thing you can do to find a job opportunity that will do just that and more: And that's heading to a post-secondary school. According to Patch.com, getting a some type of degree will generally raise your lifetime earning power here in the Bold North considerably. Patch noted:

Graduates from certificate programs employed in Minnesota seven years later earned a median annual wage of $50,588, associate degree holders earned about $5,000 more per year, and earners of bachelor's degrees had an annual median of $66,312, according to state data.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says, though, that those figures depend on just what area of study that degree is in. They recently published a list of the college majors in Minnesota that earn the highest salaries:

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Median Second-Year Salary of MN College Majors (June 2020 - June 2021)

  1. Engineering - $70,000
  2. Legal professions - $62,600
  3. Computer, information sciences - $59,100
  4. Engineering technologies - $58,200
  5. Health professions - $57,400
  6. Business, management, marketing - $56,700
  7. Homeland security, law enforcement, fire fighting - $54,800
  8. Education - $53,600
  9. Mathematics, statistics - $52,100
  10. Precision production - $49,900
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On the other hand,  across Minnesota that generated the lowest salaries over the past seven years as well, which include:

  1. Dance — $27,000
  2. Religious Studies — $38,000
  3. Film/Video — $39,000
  4. Drama/Theater — $39,000
  5. Diversity Studies — $43,000

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So where do you go if you're interested in earning one of those high-paying degrees? The Minnesota Office of Higher Education says Minnesota's seven state universities offer programs leading to bachelor's or master's degrees. They include:

  • Bemidji State University.
  • Metropolitan State University.
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead.
  • Southwest Minnesota State University.
  • St. Cloud State University.
  • Winona State University.

There's also the University of Minnesota, which has five different four-year campuses:

  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Minnesota Rochester

Now, if you don't want to go back to school but would still like a job with a decent salary, keep scrolling to check out the Highest Paying Jobs in Minnesota!

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