Would you like a job that, by law, only makes you work four months a year? There are just over 200 of just such jobs right now in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, there are currently about 3,008,200 jobs that are filled right now in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. And these jobs, which only require you to work 120 days a year, account for 201 of those jobs.

So what does a job that only requires you to work 120 days a year pay? Well, for all 201 of these jobs, the annual salary is $51,750-- for only working four months a year. Not bad, right? There is a bit of a catch to these positions, however.

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So which jobs am I talking about? Well, that would be the job of being a Minnesota state legislator-- a state senator or representative. By law, courtesy of the Minnesota state constitution, they can *only* work for 120 days a year, during the time the legislature is in session each year.


The Minnesota constitution specifies that the Legislative session each year can only be 120 days long, beginning in January and then ending in mid-May. It was written that way because, back in the day, being a state legislator was thought to be only a part-time job-- something legislators could do, almost as a service to the state, while still maintaining another full-time job.

The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, where state legislators meet during each year's session. (Canva)

I should point out that just because the Legislative session is over doesn't necessarily mean our legislators are done working for the year. According to this Minnesota Post story, many legislators actually DO work year-round, doing things like meeting with constituents, talking to civic organizations, and serving on task forces.

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Plus, that same Minnesota Post story says the hours legislators have to keep open when the legislature is in session (with many late nights and unpredictable hours) often makes it tough to work another full-time job, though do, anyway.


And then there's the small issue that to become one of Minnesota state legislators, you have to run for office and then win your election every two or four years, depending on which office you're seeking. Yeah, not for me. But those jobs ARE available, with many up for grabs again this November when Minnesotans will head back to the polls!

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