The newly released September job postings data brings several important updates to Emsi’s skills data that are now live in Analyst and Developer. These updates include changes to the underlying data as well as a simplified interface.
The authors do an excellent job summarizing the forces that shape and disrupt the postsecondary landscape—the same forces that have created the need for the work we do at Emsi. The report stresses that higher ed professionals, employers, policy makers, and especially students must be able to articulate the labor market outcomes of education. Best of all, it prescribes primary steps for making this happen.
While it’s true that gigs provide less work security and fewer benefits than stable, full-time, structured employment, they do seem to offer that meaningful and romantic Kerouac-like work where the desire for adventure is a major motivator. So are gigs the way of the future? Are they good jobs? Should schools focus on training for them? When we look at the data, the answers appear to be not yet.