of jobs expected for skilled, educated
February 15, 2012
of job openings are expected in southwest Ohio in the next five years
fields of computer science, insurance and finance and accounting, and
needs will exceed the number of new college graduates with relevant
according to a new study.
people had an abysmal employment rate last year, and many are
compete for jobs with older, out-of-work residents with more experience
education. But many unemployed Ohioans are not qualified to fill
those growth fields, and young graduates with proper training will have
of employment is getting more specialized, and it’s a knowledge
Jane Dockery, associate director at Wright State University’s Center
and Public Affairs. “Everything is becoming more technical.”
the co-author of the new study that analyzes education, economic and
Department of Labor statistics. Her study looked at universities
graduates in 17 counties across southwest Ohio, including Wright State,
University of Dayton, Miami University and The Ohio State University.
there were about 2,945 openings in southwest Ohio in finance and
jobs, according to the study. But colleges in the region produced only
1,775 college graduates trained in those fields and who planned to stay
of openings in those fields is expected to increase by 13 percent
and 2016, but the number of graduates with training for those jobs is
expected to keep pace.
accounting jobs are projected to experience strong growth in the coming
because businesses will need experts who can advise them on investments
analyze their financial information.
and business regulations are complicated, and the business world pays a
for quality accountants because of the technical difficulty of the
Marc Rubin, the PricewaterhouseCoopers professor of accounting and
chair of the
department of accountancy at Miami.
compete in a global marketplace, and a growing number of companies need
who understand the intricacies of domestic and foreign markets and
businesses get more complex, businesses need information, and
the information specialists,” Rubin said. “We train our students how to
out how to take what is out there in the world and make sense of it and
business decisions out of it.”
2011 and 2016, computer science jobs are also anticipated to grow by
percent while the number of college graduates qualified for those jobs
forecasted to fall short of the demand.
said in 2011 there were about 1,605 job openings in the computer
in southwest Ohio, but colleges in the region only produced 570
relevant degrees who planned to remain in the area.
science was a popular major during the 1990s, but then the Internet
burst and its popularity waned, said Jason Eckert, University of
director of career service.
also that there is a misperception that information technology jobs are
disappearing and most are being sent overseas. He said openings for
of jobs are abundant, but a shortage of qualified workers means some
are having to find employees outside of the state.
Ohio’s insurance industry is also expected to have a worker shortage of
1,300 positions annually, according to Dockery. Occupations in that
the next five years are expected to grow by about 6 percent.
home to about 251 insurance companies, and the industry is about the
largest employer in the state, said Mary Bonelli, spokeswoman for the
industry employed 96,000 people in 2010, and many workers in the
50 and older, some of whom will soon retire, she said. Experts said the
statewide growth in insurance jobs is linked to the large number of
that call Ohio home.
job fields that are growing faster tend to require high-skilled, highly
educated workers, and that explains why some employers are having
finding qualified candidates, said Ryan Hunt, career adviser with
CareerBuilder, based out of Chicago,
CareerBuilder survey found that hiring managers at 35 percent of
technology businesses and 33 percent of financial service companies
having positions that they could not fill because of a lack of
report by the state of Ohio found that 55 percent of job openings in
in the next 10 years will require some type of post-secondary
about 60 percent of unemployed workers have no more than a high school
said unless more Ohioans obtain training in those growth sectors,
will be unable to expand or they will have to rely on hiring from other
Career advisers said students and job-seekers should be aware of what
industries are poised for growth to help them determine what field of
they want to pursue.
advisers warn strongly against choosing a career path simply because it
promising job prospects. They said interest in the career is just as
as the number of jobs available.
talk to young people, my first advice to them is to find something they
passionate about,” Eckert said. “I want someone to follow their
you could pick an area that is growing, and wake up every morning and
having to go into work.”
study also found that there will be about 748 annual openings in
justice jobs in the region, while colleges will only produce about 757
graduates each year.
that graduates of particular degree programs could certainly wind up in
fields, and business degrees often prepare students to be adaptable and
flexible across multiple industries.
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