Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018

This report projects education requirements linked to forecasted job growth by state and the District of Columbia, from 2008 through 2018.

Carnevale, A.P.
Smith, N.
Strohl, J.
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Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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This report projects education requirements linked to forecasted job growth by state and the District of Columbia, from 2008 through 2018. It complements a larger national report which projects education demand by occupation and industry for the same time period. The national report shows that by 2018, 63 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary education beyond high school.
The state report:

  • Gauges each state’s position compared to the national average;
  • Compares the educational composition of jobs in the base year (2008) to the forecast year (2018); and,
  • Shows where the jobs are by state, education level and occupation, for 25 detailed occupational categories in 2018.

The state report finds that:

  • Only 19 states will be at or above the 63 percent proportion of jobs (nationally) that will require a postsecondary education beyond high school in 2018;
  • Jobs in the District of Columbia will have the highest concentration of postsecondary education in 2018;
  • The highest proportions of Bachelor’s degree jobs and graduate degree jobs will be concen¬trated in the northeastern states;
  • Jobs for workers with some college or with Associate’s degrees will be dispersed throughout the country;
Benefits and Uses

The research brief uses statistics to predict the trend of job growth and predict the requirements for those jobs in growing markets and fields by state in the United States from 2008-2018. The report can be used by program developers and state staff to improve the instructional requirements for the components of adult education programs that are connected to adult career pathways programs or bridge programs that prepare students for work in these high-growth jobs.

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