jobs to require education beyond high school
January 15, 2012
in Ohio will require a postsecondary education in the next six years
workers who only finish high school or drop out will face languishing
opportunities, according to a recent report.
about 57 percent of all jobs in the state will require some training
high school, according to a report released last fall by the Georgetown
University Center on Education and the Workforce.
of jobs available to high school graduates and dropouts in the state
increase, but only slightly, according to the report.
Miami Valley, where hundreds of young people drop out of high school
and thousands of others choose not to pursue credentials or training
graduating, many workers are going to struggle to find work because
resumes are too flimsy, employment experts said.
positions that most of the employers are looking to fill these days
more than a high school diploma,” said Steve Offord, Job Bank
the Montgomery County Department of Job & Family Services.
In the next
six years, jobs in the state requiring a postsecondary education and
will increase to about 3.34 million — up 153,000 from 2008 — according
same time, jobs requiring workers to have a high school degree or no
will only grow by 30,000 jobs to 2.56 million positions.
estimates that Ohio will have about 1.7 million job openings by 2018
newly created positions and vacancies in existing positions resulting
openings, about 967,000 will require postsecondary credentials, 600,000
require high school diplomas and 142,000 will require no diplomas.
education and training is increasingly important because the economy is
transitioning from one heavily reliant on manufacturing to one in which
education, health care and business services have the strongest job
said Nicole Smith, senior economist with the Georgetown center and
the September report.
is expected to decline by about 17.7 percent in Ohio by 2018, while
education services and health care industries will account for more
out of every three new jobs in the state, the report said. Meanwhile,
professional and business services will account for more than one out
four new positions created.
economy will put new demands on workers.
past, workers in manufacturing positions typically received on-the-job
and developed skills through their employers, Smith said.
employers these days expect more of their hires, and want them to be
for work responsibilities before they join the payroll, she said.
credentials are important during the job hunt because they articulate
skills that job-seekers possess.
employers’ market now, and employers have the opportunity to be very
selective about the candidates they choose,” Smith said. “Employers are
interested in training you as they ought to be, and they want you to
changing technology also is raising expectations, because even
positions typically require workers to have a basic knowledge of
in Ohio with the most promising outlooks based on job growth and
almost all require degrees, said Jane Dockery, associate
director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at Wright State
only five occupations in the top 50 (in Ohio) where you don’t need to
degree,” she said.
occupations, U.S. labor demand for health care practitioners and
occupations and also computer and math sciences workers exceeds the
of advertised vacancies in December exceed the number of job-seekers in
occupations by a ratio of almost 3 to 1, according to the Conference
contrast, there were 16.7 unemployed workers in the construction sector
every vacancy advertised in November.
with the local Job Bank, said job-seekers do not need to have advanced
in specialized fields to look attractive to employers, but they should
some skill sets relevant to the positions they are pursuing. That
includes a rudimentary understanding of computers.
are willing to train, but they will only train in those things specific
their company,” he said. “They want you to come in with all the other
visit to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton on
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan extolled the school’s programs for
preparing students for the ever-changing demands of the modern
the crowd that there is unfortunately a chasm between the skills needed
perform many advanced jobs and the skills many workers hold, resulting
employers being unable to fill about 2 million high-skilled,
each year. He said schools, such as the career center, that partner
business to prepare students for future jobs are crucial to closing the
really tough economic times, there is a mismatch between what employers
looking for and the skills we are providing,” Duncan said. “All of us
education need to look in the mirror and say, ‘We’re not doing good
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