In our recent analysis “Middle-Skill Spotlight,” we explored four in-demand sectors at the national level to give colleges a better handle on the economic and labor market landscape that students will face.
Join us for a webinar on July 16 at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT), where Josh Wright, PR manager and senior editor at EMSI, will walk through our findings and demonstrate how colleges can produce this analysis for their region. Sign up here!
The following are four key takeaways from the report, one for each sector we analyzed:
- Health care: Nearly half of all health care jobs (45%) are in mid-skill occupations—those that require an associate’s degree or postsecondary non-degree award as the entry level of education. (The share of mid-skill jobs in health care jumps to 68% if you include the 2.7 million registered nurses in the workforce. We excluded RNs from the mid-skill camp because as of 2010-2011, 55% of RNs held at least a bachelor’s, compared to 38% that had an associate’s, and more hospitals are requiring a four-year degree plus experience.)
- Information technology: Of the four sectors, IT has the lowest share of workers with associate’s degrees or some college (28%). But we identified four key mid-skill IT fields, including network and computer systems administrators—an occupation in which 40% of current workers hold a two-year degree or some college. What’s more, in two of the main programs that train for network and computer systems administrators, more than half of completions were associate’s degrees or short-term awards/certificates.
- Skilled trades, production, and energy: Mid-skill occupations pay slightly more ($22.79 per hour at the median level) than all occupations ($22.46) in this sector. Skilled trades, production, and energy jobs grew at an especially rapid clip from 2010 to 2013 in Midland, Texas (57%), Odessa, Texas (53%), Columbus, Indiana (41%), and Saginaw, Michigan (41%).
- Business, finance, sales, and marketing: This is the largest of the four sectors, accounting for 15.3 million jobs nationwide. Nearly a quarter of mid-skill workers in this sector (23%) are at least 55 years old, meaning workforce shortages could be acute in coming years.
Questions about the webinar or the report? Please email Josh Wright.