Kay Steiger

Chart of the Day: By 2020 nearly 2 out of 3 U.S. jobs will require higher education

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By 2020, nearly two out of every three U.S. jobs will require some postsecondary education and training.

This comes from the The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce’s latest report, “Along The Way To The B.A.” (PDF), which points to an increasing demand over time for a bachelor’s degree or other postsecondary training over time. “As jobs that require only high school or less have disappeared, postsecondary education and training on the job and in schools have become the gateways to the middle class,” the report notes.

This is something I touched on when I interviewed Anthony Carnevale for my story on college grad unemployment earlier this month.

The report also notes that about one in six Americans—about 36 million over the age of 25—have some college with no degree. This is bad because some collage means you have the debt but not the earning power a degree gives you.

Much as the four-year degree is in vogue, Carnevale warns that that isn’t the only thing we should be focusing on, “Compared to other advanced economies, the United States underinvests in sub-baccalaureate, career and technical education,” he said in a press release.

Written by kaysteiger

September 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Posted in higher education

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  1. Very informative chart BUT you miss the change in skilled trades from apprenticeships to post secondary training. In the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s, all the major corporations and skilled trades associations supported appreticeships. By the 80’s they were ‘gone with the wind’ and replaced by trade schools.
    This huge change in how job skills were attained needs to be discussed.

    Robert Albaugh

    September 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

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