August 19, 2020 by Gwen Burrow
How can we help low-wage workers find career pathways to high-wage jobs? That’s the problem McKinsey & Company is trying to solve. And they recently used Emsi data to get a head start.
The whopping majority of job postings for higher-wage, in-demand jobs require a college education. Yet this requirement automatically weeds out the more than 70 million American workers who have a high school diploma but no bachelor’s degree. To make matters even worse, it is these very workers who have also lost the most jobs due to the COVID shutdown and are likely to lose even more as automation steals their work.
So, using Emsi data on profiles and job postings (as well as data from other sources), McKinsey recently mapped the actual career pathways people have taken as they move from declining, low-wage jobs to more resilient, middle/higher-wage jobs. McKinsey studied the pathways of workers without a BA within three critical sectors: technology, healthcare, and business management. McKinsey then charted two key transitions made by these workers:
Knowing this information about ultimate destination jobs (and how to get there) can be especially helpful for the millions of Americans who don’t have a college degree and are on the hunt for better careers.
McKinsey made fascinating discoveries while marking these career pathways to high-wage jobs. Here are a few takeaways:
Destination jobs include positions such as:
The key to reaching those destination positions, McKinsey discovered, is frequently gateway jobs. Gateway jobs act as stepping stones between low-wage origin jobs and higher-wage destination jobs, and they include popular positions like: