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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Information Technology

About the industry

Advanced Manufacturing

The information technology (IT) field has grown in importance in Minnesota, now accounting for more than 88,600 jobs, according to employment estimates from DEED. The state continues to see steady job growth in IT, with both short- and long-term gains at software publishers; data processing, hosting and related services; and other information services, which includes Internet publishing, broadcasting and Web search portals.

Combined, these three industries increased more than 10 percent and now provide more than 19,000 jobs in the state. IT occupations are projected to gain more than 8,000 net new jobs through 2022 and will also provide 13,810 replacement openings for 22,140 total openings in the next decade.

There are currently no registered apprenticeships in Minnesota, however dual-training and apprenticeship are being explored by employers and related instruction providers. Programs that combine formal education and on-the-job-training such as internships are common in this industry.

View a map of IT employers using the PIPELINE Program.

Competency Council meetings are completed for the initial stage of the PIPELINE Program. As the second stage of the program continues under the new legislation, additional occupations will be identified and competency council work reinstated. Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us if you would like to participate on the Information Technology Industry Council or have suggestions for additional occupations.

Industry Council meeting presentations and notes (PDFs)

Feb. 28, 2018 Presentation Notes
Nov. 1, 2017 Presentation Notes

PIPELINE Program validated pyramids and occupational competency summaries (PDFs)

Related Instruction Inventory

The information technology Related Instruction Inventory can be used by employers to develop a dual-training program (M.S. 136A.246 subd. 3). The inventory includes known education or training programs related to approved dual-training occupations. The inventory also indicates whether or not the program has been mapped to industry specific competencies. Employers are not required to partner with the training providers on this list. An education or training provider that would like to be included on the inventory can follow the Competency Mapping Instructions.

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