For several years, the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) has been beating the drum on the potential economic gains of a college- and career-ready education and the economic costs resulting from the nation’s high school dropout crisis. Last week, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (the Center) made a similarly powerful case that policymakers, as well as all members of society, should heed.
On June 15, Anthony Carnevale, a member of the Alliance’s President’s Policy Council, and his colleagues at the Center released a state-by-state report forecasting the educational needs of the job landscape through the year 2018. The report, Help Wanted: Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018, highlights the growth of jobs by education level in every state and the District of Columbia.
To those of us following education and economic trends, the findings are not surprising. It is projected that, by 2018, 63% of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. There will still be jobs for those who do not graduate from high school, but those jobs will continue to decline in each state. The report also provides state-by-state information on the number of jobs forecasted in 2018 by education level and the occupations that are increasing or decreasing in demand. Read Entire Post