October 31, 2008 by Joshua Wright
ACT recently released future workforce profiles for 31 states. The reports are aimed at providing states with information on gaps or surpluses in high-growth occupations that require at least a two-year degree based on students’ interest level. States qualified for the profiles by having 25 percent or more of their 2008 graduates ACT-tested and at least 100 students express an interest in their high-growth fields.
Martin Scaglione, president and chief operating officer of ACT’s Workforce Development Division stated, “Educators, employers, as well as workforce and economic development officials, can gain a more focused perspective on how well the interests of students in the educational pipeline align with the demands of high growth jobs in that state. These profiles help present a view of the employees of tomorrow and how well their interests are aligning with future needs of the workforce.”