When it comes to employers in the state of Minnesota, the organization that tops the list is one that is pretty familiar to those of us here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal conducted a survey that sought to find out just how many Minnesotans are employed by the various companies, organizations and businesses here in the Gopher State, as well as just which of those organizations has the most employees.

A recent survey they did has five familiar names on it, all of them employing a large number of our fellow Minnesotans. Altogether, these five organizations provide jobs for just under 190,000 residents of the North Star State. That's a pretty decent amount of employees!

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So just who are the largest employers in Minnesota? Take a look:

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The Largest Employers in Minnesota

1. Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building (Curt St. John/Townsquare Media-Rochester/Preston)
Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building (Curt St. John/Townsquare Media-Rochester/Preston)
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And again this year, Rochester's own Mayo Clinic (described in the survey as a provider of 'medical care, research and education') tops the list as the largest employer in the North Star State, with 48,200 employees here in Minnesota. Mayo was also in the top spot in several other recent surveys.

2. Alina Health System

Abbot Northwest Hospital/Alina Health System (Google Street View)
Abbot Northwest Hospital/Alina Health System (Google Street View)
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Alina Health System in Minneapolis jumped four spots in this largest employer survey to second on place the list. The medical system, which includes hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, specialty care centers and more, employs 40,663 Minnesotans.

3. The State of Minnesota

The Minnesota State Capitol Building (Google Maps/Google Street View)
The Minnesota State Capitol Building (Google Maps/Google Street View)
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It takes a lot of employees to keep the state of Minnesota running, apparently. Because Minnesota's state government employs 36,002 Minnesotans across its government buildings in Saint Paul, good for third place on this largest employer survey.

4. The U.S. Federal Government

The U.S. Federal Office Building in St. Paul (Google Street View)
The U.S. Federal Office Building in St. Paul (Google Street View)
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And, just like it takes a lot of employees to keep the state of Minnesota running, it also takes a lot of employees to keep the work of the federal government churning here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The federal government places fourth on the list of largest employers in Minnesota with 31,936 employees on its payroll.

5. Fairview Health Services

Part of Fairview Health's campus in Minneapolis (Google Street View)
Part of Fairview Health's campus in Minneapolis (Google Street View)
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Another healthcare system rounds out the top five list of Minnesota's largest employers. Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, an academic health system that includes clinics, hospitals, senior services, pharmacy, and clinical research, employs 31,758 Minnesotans, putting it fifth on this survey.

Those might be some of the largest employers in Minnesota, but what are the jobs that pay the most? Keep scrolling to take a look at the highest-paying jobs here in the Bold North!

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If you're thinking about going back to school to pursue a new career you should definitely consider one of the jobs listed below. Zippia used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the highest paying jobs in the state. Keep scrolling to see who is cashing in.

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