The March issue of Minnesota Economic Trends includes a cover story about careers in law enforcement in Minnesota, featuring such jobs as police officers and correctional caseworkers. While jobs in this field require different types of abilities, they all demand strong communication skills. Job prospects in law enforcement are expected to be good in coming years in Minnesota.
Another story in this issue examines whether Minnesota has a shortage of registered nurses. A study by DEED found that while a lack of skilled candidates is sometimes a factor in the inability of health care employers to fill RN openings, other factors such as low pay, poor hours and geographic mismatches are bigger factors.
Other stories look at hiring demand for welders in southern Minnesota, examine how employment has shifted in certain occupations in Minnesota in recent years, and review data to find out what happened to nearly 78,000 students who attended Minnesota community and technical colleges in the fall of 2009 but didn’t return the following year.