The State Of Overqualified Workers – A college education is a popular credential in Minnesota, but it isn’t needed to perform most jobs.

Steve Hine, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, isn’t anti-education. But as the research director of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), he’s in possession of data that not many college professors would like to see.

Hine led a recent study that determined that “two-thirds of the jobs in Minnesota require a high school education or less.” That conclusion is sharply at odds with a 2013 Georgetown University study, which estimated that 74 percent of Minnesota jobs would require “some level of postsecondary education by 2020.”

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