Jobs require more education, training

Employers are demanding more education and technical training, according to a survey of human resource professionals by Achieve and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Compared with 10 years ago, more jobs today require technical and STEM skills and a higher education level, many HR professionals said. That trend will continue, they predicted. By contrast, there are fewer entry-level jobs.

Future administrative and secretarial positions will require more education such as an associate’s degree (said 21 percent of HR professionals) or a post-secondary certificate (said 11 percent);

For salaried, individual contributors and professionals, future positions will require a bachelor’s degree (said 71 percent of HR professionals) or an associate’s degree (said 12 percent);

Skilled laborers such as technicians, mechanics, and foremen will need a specific post-secondary certificate or specific credentials for future jobs (said 31 percent of HR professionals);

While most workers with only a high-school diploma can advance in their workplace, that will be more difficult in the future, HR professionals said.

Health care, manufacturing and government jobs require more education than they did 10 years ago, the survey concluded. In the next three to five years, that trend will extend to high-tech jobs and  professional services.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON October 12, 2012

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Bren Martin

As we look at unemployment, ” There are 3.6 unemployed workers for every job in the United States. That compares with only one unemployed (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) STEM worker for two unfilled STEM jobs throughout the country'” according to Change the Equation, a STEM organization.These fields are underrepresented by African-Americans, Hispanics and women. There will be an increased necessity for these groups to further their education in these fields to be more competitive and marketable in the job place. These career paths usually provide higher salaries as well as other rewards making the investment in higher education even more palatable! According to some students surveyed for an organization gauging youth’s innovation, part of the problem is that more than 1/3 did not know enough about STEM fields; 1/3 thought STEM was too challenging; nearly 1/3 didn’t feel prepared to study it at a higher level. I believe with the adoption of Common Core Standards, that more students will feel informed and prepared for higher education in general, and STEM fields specifically. This would require properly implementing and assessing these standards! It is also important to Invest in after-school programs that not only focus on STEM preparation and careers, but also focus on the Arts that can help one’s Performance in and Appreciation for STEM. Thus, allowing “The Little Engine That Could” to move “Full STEAM Ahead!”

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